River Rock Music Festival Featuring Dumpstaphunk, Roadkill Ghost Choir, Max Norton & Gritt

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Saturday 11/5/16 @ 4:00 pm

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Water Works Park Tampa, FL, United States
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River Rock Music Festival is back again at beautiful Water Works Park featuring Dumpstaphunk straight out of New Orleans’! Supporting bands include Roadkill Ghost Choir, Max Norton and Gritt. 

Join us November 5th from 4-10:30pm for live music, an outdoor market with local vendors, food and of course plenty of beer, wine and Tito’s Vodka! All proceeds from this event benefit Voices for Children.

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Bands/ Bios


Dumpstaphunk stands out among New Orleans’ best as one of the funkiest bands to ever arise from the Crescent City. Born on the Jazz & Heritage Festival stage, and descended from Neville family bloodlines, these soldiers of funk ignite a deep, gritty groove that dares listeners not to move. Their performances combine ingenious musicianship and complex funk and jazz arrangements with soulful melodies that are simple enough for anyone to enjoy. In Big Easy tradition, dueling baselines from Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III set off one of the dirtiest rhythm sections on the planet, while Ivan Neville lights up the Hammond B3 keys and cousin Ian Neville’s funky guitar riffs send the groove into overdrive. The band recently welcomed their newest member, Alvin Ford Jr. to the quintet, a New Orleans born and raised powerhouse drummer. Dumpstaphunk tosses around lead vocals and four-part harmonies the way Sly & the Family Stone did, but with three studio albums under their belt, Dumpstaphunk stands on the merit of their own material. Songs like “Dancin’ To The Truth” off their latest record, Dirty Word (Red Hot Records), offer an escape into the funky sublime, sharing the true spirit of New Orleans with every note. For more info visit http://www.dumpstaphunk.com

Road Kill Ghost Choir

Forming in 2011, the band released their debut EP, Quiet Light, in 2012. Self-released, the mastering and printing of the record was supported by a successful Kickstarter campaign. Quiet Light premiered on Consequence of Sound and received positive critical acclaim from outlets such as Absolute Punk[3] and The Dropp.[4] In January 2014 the band was invited to perform on Late Night with David Letterman, where they performed standout track ?Beggar?s Guild.?[5] They also were one of the bands handpicked to join the inaugural Communion Presents Tour Dates, an artist showcase curated by Mumford and Sons’ Ben Lovett. Their debut full-length album, In Tongues, was released 19 August 2014 to wide critical acclaim. Recorded in their home studio and produced by Doug Boehm, the album received exclusive streams on Consequence of Sound[6] and Paste Magazine,[7] as well as positive reviews from Rolling Stone, SPIN,[8] Relix and In Your Speakers.[9] Rolling Stone?s Cady Drell noted that Andrew Shepard?s vocals on the opening track “make him sound like the latter-day Tom Petty he’s been pitched as, and that “synths and roiling surf rock guitars illuminate fans’ flattering comparisons of Shepard to My Morning Jacket’s Jim James?.[10] Similarly, Justin Jacobs of Relix magazine stated ?Roadkill Ghost Choir hit the sweet spot between Mumford & Sons? power-folk and My Morning Jacket?s passionate post-Southern rock.

Max Norton

Max Norton grew up in Tampa and these days tours the world playing drums with Benjamin Booker. Max played with many bands and artists during his days as Tampa’s top drummer – and he also has been writing some original music reflecting his roots in acoustic music. This showcase brings Max back home to play his own material and collaborate with some of his Tampa Bay music friends.


Gritt is the brainchild of four young men upholding the spirit of Rock 'n' Roll. Based out of Gainesville, Florida, Gytis Garsys, Jonathon Franklin, Ian Heausler, and Max Rowe create a garage blues- psychedelic rock experience that demands presence in modern music. With raw, ruthless energy, Gritt performances are a high-octane experience. In April 2015, the band was one of three finalists for the Music Juror Award at One Spark, the world's largest crowdfunding festival. Recently, they recorded at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Set Times

Sat, 11/05

4:00 pm Doors Open

Doors open at 4pm

4:15 pm Gritt

Gritt preforms 4:15 to 5pm

5:30 pm Max Norton

Max Norton preforms from 5:30- 6:15pm

6:45 pm Roadkill Ghost Choir

Roadkill Ghost Choir preforms from 6:45-7:45pm

8:45 pm Dumpstaphunk

Dumpstaphunk preforms from 8:15-9:45pm

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