The City of Albuquerque kicked off their first Heights Summerfest: Free, family, fun, concert-series last night, with Dumpstaphunk as the national headliner. Dumpstaphunk is a fantastic group of musicians, who put on a great show. We stood up against the barrier at the stage, and enjoyed their great sound as their funky bass and drums vibrated through our bodies (bass and drum vibes will heal what ails you like kitty purrs).  Dumpstaphunk’s performance inspired Jeremiah and the Lizards to write and record Froggyphunk, above. Jeremiah and the Lizards are not quite as talented or as funky as Dumpstaphunk, but they came up with a decent tune. Jeremiah borrowed a recording of a “Chorus of Toads”  from Laurie’s brother, Lane. Lane recorded the group of toads singing around his pond late one night. The chorus of toads adds a rather unique froggy element to Froggyphunk.

Dumpstaphunk members from left to right are Ryan Nyther on trumpet, Alex Wasil on trombone, Tony Hall on bass, Ian Neville on guitar, Alvin Ford Jr on drums, Nick Daniels III on lead guitar, and Ivan Neville on keyboards. Ivan Neville has a Hammond B3 organ with a Leslie as part of his assortment of keyboards. You don’t see many B3’s these days.
Nick Daniels III also played bass. The two basses gave Dumpstaphunk a super funky sound.
Dueling basses.
Trombone solo on the monitors right in front of me.