Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Jealous Monk Announces New Single and Sophomore Album

New Orleans Hip Hop Group to Release "I Love, I Hustle" on June 28, 2013

New Orleans, LA – "I Love, I Hustle," the new album by New Orleans progressive hip hop group Jealous Monk will be released to the public on Friday, June 28th.  Featuring the highly anticipated first single "Heatwave," the album will be available for purchase online through iTunes and JealousMonkMusic.com.

Jealous Monk's brand of synth-heavy indie hip hop has been a New Orleans favorite since the band's inception in 2005. Twice voted "Best Hip Hop Act" by Where Y'at Magazine, the band has developed a significant following over the years both nationally as well as locally. As their newest project, "I Love, I Hustle" reflects the rich and diverse musical culture of New Orleans starting with the standout single "Heatwave" - a 60's -inspired hip hop song complete with live horn and string accompaniments. "Heatwave" was released on May 28th.

Anchored by some of New Orleans brightest young talents, the group is comprised of standout DJ/MC/Producer Jermaine Quiz and longtime freestyle heavyweight Intelligence.  Jealous Monk takes their future directly into their own hands by writing, producing, and performing their compositions all in-house – a rarity in contemporary hip hop. "I Love, I Hustle" was engineered by Austin Leigh Briggs, a prolific engineer who has worked with notable artists such as Talib Kweli, Currensy and Jet-Life Artists. As reviewed by MTV's Ourstage.com, "(Jealous Monk is) on the brink of major cross over success... garnering quite a buzz."

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Big Easy Awards to Honor Dumpstaphunk as "Ambassador of Entertainment" April 22 in New Orleans

Gambit's 25th Annual Awards Ceremony Will Give Special Honors To Dumpstaphunk For Championing New Orleans Music, Culture and Charity Nationwide

NEW ORLEANS, LA -- Just days before Dumpstaphunk celebrates their 10th Anniversary on the Gentilly Stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Gambit Weekly's 25th Annual Big Easy Awards will honor the local funk ensemble Monday, April 22 with the "Ambassador of Entertainment" special recognition award for championing New Orleans music, culture and charity to new audiences nationwide. The event, held at Harrah's New Orleans Hotel and Casino, will also honor The Meters with the "Lifetime Achievement Award" and Anders Osborne as "Entertainer of the Year."

"Ambassador of Entertainment is an award that honors artists that are spreading the spirit of New Orleans outside of our local community, a liaison to the rest of the world that brings a national spotlight to the culture that we have here," Gambit Marketing Director Marie Lovejoy explained. "We felt that from their extensive touring schedule to far-reaching press in publications like Rolling Stone and charity concert supporting Superstorm Sandy relief efforts, Dumpstaphunk really brought New Orleans to new heights. They had a knockout year and represented our city in such a positive way to a new spectrum of audiences nationwide, that we're eager to recognize their success at this years awards."

"It's probably the most soulful place in the world, New Orleans" said Dumpstaphunk keyboardist Ivan Neville. "The people that live here and the culture our community creates is something that everyone should experience in their life. We are proud to call New Orleans home and share its positivity through our music every day."

In addition to the event's special recognition awards, the 2013 Big Easy Awards will also honor local artists in more than 20 music categories, for which Dumpstaphunk has been nominated as "Best Funk Band" alongside Galactic and Khris Royal's Dark Matter. The winners will be announced at the April 22 ceremony, which will also feature live performances from several nominated artists. For ticket information and reservations to attend the Big Easy Awards, call (504) 483-3129.


"Dumpstaphunk has grown from a small side project into one of New Orleans' most prestigious modern funk ensembles." -- Rolling Stone

"I have a new favorite New Orleans funk band: Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk" -- New York Times
"One of the hippest funk bands in the land." -- Guitar Player

Nearly a decade evolved from their debut at 2003's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Dumpstaphunk offers fans an unforgettable live experience steeped in the "Big Easy" tradition of a good time. The all-star collective features Ivan Neville on keys, the unique double-bass attack of veterans Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III, Ian Neville on guitar, and the monster addition of Nikki Glaspie on drums. From annual performances at New Orleans Jazz Fest -- "The colossal low end and filthy grooves they threw down from the Gentilly Stage must have set a Jazz Fest record for one of the baddest bass jams ever." (Bass Player, 2012) -- to music rooms and festivals across the nation like Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, All Good, High Sierra and beyond, Dumpstaphunk continues to spread an unmistakable groove with their hard-hitting performances that dares listeners not to move. "It's probably the most soulful place in the world, New Orleans," Ivan boasts. "Call us ambassadors if you want, we're proud to represent for the city and share that soulfulness with the word."

Dumpstaphunk's forthcoming studio album, Dirty Word (June 2013), re-imagines the boundaries of an entire genre, holding true to the opinionated, vintage funk of their forefathers in The Meters, Sly & the Family Stone and Parliament Funkadelic, but with a modern edge that forays into gospel, blues, and straight-up Rock n' Roll. New music from Dirty Word also boasts guest appearances by Dumpsta's friends and family including Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Rebirth Brass Band, Art Neville, Ani DiFranco, Skerik and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. "We always keep the spontaneity going, that's something I love about this band. We can funk it out with the best of them, but we also like to showcase how all sorts of music can come together and push the boundaries of what funk music is,"? said Ivan. "We just hope to spread the good word through funk," added drummer Glaspie. "If we can create an escape, give people a reason to get down and forget their problems, then we're doing what we set out to."

For tour dates and an exclusive first listen of Dirty Word, visit www.dumpstaphunk.com.


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Michael Weintrob Unveils "InstrumentHead" Portrait Series During Jazzfest

Instrumenthead: "Portraiture" Music Photography Exhibit Debuts During JazzFest

Surrealist Portrait Photographer Michael Weintrob's InstrumentHead Photo Series

Takes An Unconventional Look At 75 Iconic Faces In Music

Limited-Edition Fine Art Prints Available Exclusively During New Orleans Jazzfest;

Gallery Opens April 25th Off Frenchmen Street

NEW ORLEANS, LA -- With an eye as finely tuned as a musician's ear, New York-based photographer Michael Weintrob announces the New Orleans debut of his signature InstrumentHead portraiture series. Presented by Jakprints, the walkable photography exhibit debuts Thursday, April 25 at 2121 Chartres Street, just off Frenchmen Street, on the eve of the 2013 Jazz & Heritage Festival. This will be the first time the limited-edition fine art Giclée prints have ever been available for sale to the public.

InstrumentHead is a surrealist collection of musician portraits that captures the essence of each artist without ever showing their face. Instead, entertainers such as Bootsy Collins, Mickey Hart, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the late Uncle Lionel Batiste pose with their instruments in front of their heads, allowing Weintrob to create an intimate expression of each subject's artistic identity within the frame of a single, iconic image. "When I look at these photos, I can hear them playing," Weintrob explained. "This will be an exhibition like nothing I have even been a part of before."

More than 250 artists worldwide have participated in the project since Weintrob began shooting portraits in 2006. The concept evolved by chance when, during a typical portrait photo shoot, he suggested artists put their guitars down their shirts just to spice things up a bit and get creative. The idea had such a positive response with his subjects, that the series took on a life of its own. "The first thing I tell the artist is that I'd like to tell their story through the photo, and include what makes them special as a musician. I also ask, ‘How are your fans going to know that it's you without seeing your face?' So people show up with all the stuff that distinguishes them, and together we figure out how to incorporate it all into the portrait."

Weintrob's eclectic collection ranges from mainstream to cult musicians, contemporary and world, has been featured on NPR's The Checkout, Popular Photography and Luxxe Immo Fine Art Magazine, and shown at the Gathering of the Vibes Music Festival in 2010 and 2011, Mountain Jam Music Festival in 2010, and abroad at the Barcelona Voll-Damm International Jazz Festival in 2011 with the support of the United States Consulate.

His New Orleans InstrumentHead exhibit will host two celebratory gala events starting at 7pm on the eve of both Jazzfest weekends, Thursday, April 25 and Wednesday May 1, with live music and special guests that will bring the gallery to life. Located just a few steps away from Frenchmen Street and open to the public from April 25 to May 5, 2121 Chartres Street will morph into a walking spectacle of art-paneled walls covered in the signature 36 by 48-inch limited edition fine art Giclée prints, with an on-site photo studio for Weintrob to capture even more musical moments throughout the 10-day festivities.

Weintrob will donate 20 percent of the InstrumentHead proceeds to two local charities dear to his heart: the Tipitina's Foundation, a local nonprofit supporting Louisiana and New Orleans' irreplaceable music community and culture through childhood music education, the professional development of adult musicians, and the increased profile and viability of Louisiana music as a cultural, educational, and economic resource; and the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation, working to sustain New Orleans musicians and tradition bearers in body, mind and spirit by providing access to health and social services through the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic, regardless of musicians' ability to pay, and by fostering cultural opportunities that advocate for and support this effort.

Shooting artist portraits and live event photography professionally since 1998, Weintrob's photos have appeared in the pages of Rolling Stone, Spin, Mojo, Billboard, Relix, Downbeat, Jazz Times and more. However, he says that InstrumentHead has had the most dramatic impact on his life and career thus far. "For a long time, I was known as just a live music photographer, and I think InstrumentHead has allowed me to re-invent myself as a portrait photographer," Weintrob said. "Through all of this I have really found my voice as an artist."

"Music is my life, music is my subject. I'm surrounded by musicians and I feed off of their creative energy. Even when I'm clicking the button of the camera, it's like I can anticipate the notes and feel how they're going to express themselves on stage," he added. "If it wasn't for music, I wouldn't be a photographer."

Click here to watch video of InstrumentHead in the making.

For more information about Michael Weintrob and an extended look at images from the InstrumentHead gallery, visit www.michaelweintrob.com/InstrumentHead.

About Jakprints

Sharing in a mutual love for music, art and creativity, Jakprints, Inc. is an artist driven, full-service printing company specializing in full color offset printing, apparel printing, large format prints and sticker production. By investing in state of the art equipment, ecologically sustainable practices and an unfaltering commitment to customer service, Jakprints serves more than 90,000 customers worldwide -- from musicians, artists and designers to corporations or individuals -- with a wide range of projects customized to bring the best attention to any brand, company or event. For more information, visit www.jakprints.com.