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profiles: Dumpstaphunk, Feist, Amanda Shaw

Dumpstaphunk

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Dumpstaphunk is a true creation of Jazz Fest. The band was originally formed in 2003, put together by Ivan Neville to fill in his solo slot at that year’s Fest. Keyboardist Neville (son of Aaron) enlisted his cousin Ian (son of Art) on guitar, as well as Nikki Glaspie on drums. Dumpstaphunk has a unique bass style, with both Nick Daniels and Tony Hall on bass. While Dumpstaphunk was originally a pick-up band, the group has evolved into a regular act around New Orleans, as well as festivals internationally. Dumpstaphunk will take apart the Gentilly Stage on Thursday, May 3rd, at 3:35pm.

Feist

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Performing professionally using just her last name, Leslie Feist began playing in punk bands in Calgary, Alberta, where the Nova Scotia native moved with her family as a child. In 2000-2001, she toured Europe with Merrill Nisker, who performed as “Peaches,” and was a guest vocal on Nisker’s “Teaches of Peaches.” Feist was named SPIN magazine’s “Breakout Artist of the Year” in 2007. She is currently touring in support of her fourth studio album, “Metals,” featuring laid-back tunes such as “Bittersweet Melodies.” Catch Feist on the Gentilly Stage, 5:45pm, Saturday, April 28th.

Amanda Shaw

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Local gal Amanda Shaw began playing classical violin at age four. She left Mount Carmel Academy (she would have been Class of ’08) to pursue a career playing the Cajun tunes she’s been playing since she was eight. Touring with her current band, The Cute Guys, Shaw plays a mixture of traditional Cajun music as well as covers from bands such as The Clash and The Ramones. In addition to developing a devoted local following, the 21-year old Shaw has appeared in two original movies for The Disney Channel. Amanda Shaw and The Cute Guys will be on the Gentilly Stage on Saturday, April 28th, at 2:40pm.

Author of five books on the history of New Orleans, Edward Branley is a graduate of Brother Martin High School and the University of New Orleans. Edward writes, teaches, and does speaking engagements on local history to groups in and around New Orleans. His urban fantasy novel, "Hidden Talents," is available online and in bookstores. Find him on Twitter and Facebook, @NOLAHistoryGuy.

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