Grab your tickets now to make your way to The Heights Theater for a special birthday party and charity concert featuring funk-tastic Dumpstaphunk, with DJ Sun, on Saturday, March 23, 2019.
Organized by Houston-based (and Houston-loving) band manager and talent booker Mark C. Austin, the birthday concert is really an opportunity for Houstonians to give back. All proceeds from the powerhouse show will benefit LifeGift of Houston, an organization that helps connect thousands of people in Texas (and beyond) find life-saving tissue and organ transplants.
New Orleans-based Dumpstaphunk, one of funkiest bands to ever arise from the Crescent City, headlines the concert in the magically intimate Heights Theater.
Watch the video below to see the very moving and personal reason why Austin chose LifeGift for this year’s charity concert.
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.
About DJ Sun
Rooted in a multicultural upbringing in Rotterdam and Suriname, DJ Sun’s work and his creative edge are steeped in the diverse musical influences of his childhood. His album One Hundred which has been described as music with “organic breaks seemingly borrowed from the back rooms of the finest vinyl archives are plentiful” lends credence to the musical diversity of his upbringing.
DJ Sun curates the music for the beloved MFAH Mixed Media and co-produces the quarterly event. He also owns, operates, and performs at the popular bar and live-music venue, The Flat in Montrose.
LifeGift offers hope to the thousands of people in Texas and beyond who need lifesaving organ transplants, and to countless others who need lifesaving tissue transplants.
As the designated organ procurement organization (OPO) for North, Southeast and West Texas, LifeGift works with more than 200 hospitals across 109 counties.
About Mark C. Austin
The manager of several Houston-based musical acts including The Tontons and Say Girl Say, Austin is also the talent buyer for The Kessler Presents, MKT BAR, and other venues. He books dozens of musical acts monthly across Texas at venues in Houston, Dallas, and Austin.
Austin has booked, produced, and promoted official events for groups such as Sony and SXSW, as well as local events for Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Avenida Houston, Discovery Green, 8th Wonder Brewery, and Super Bowl Live in 2017.
Mark C. Austin’s Birthday Charity Concert Featuring Dumpstaphunk at The Heights Theater
- Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019
- Time: 8pm. Doors at 7pm.
- Location: The Heights Theater, 339 West 19th Street, Houston, TX 70008
- Admission: Tickets range from $18 to $288. Click here to order tickets or for more information.
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