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Seventh annual ’80s Rewind at Gilly’s

By Mike Ritchie

The seventh annual ‘80s Rewind returns “Back to the Future” on Saturday, May 28. The one-night annual tradition created by Dayton Does Dayton promoter Louie Wood Jr. has become an evening of ‘80s themed flash tracks back to when cassettes and boom boxes were commonplace, switchblade combs were cool and people still wanted their MTV.

Rewind performers include Jersey Joe, Spanish Tony Sanchez Band, Sticks & Stones, DJ Dwaine Wheeler, Alyssa Hanson, Beesly, Ashley Knapp and Cody Doench Duo, John Mullen, Seth Canan & The Carriers, Jason Moniaci, Best For Last, Reyna, Rick Barr, 91Charlie, Ricky Pat Johnson, Heidi Lacy Olive, Larry Lyons, DJ MisterKid (aka Louie Wood Jr.) and Guest MC, W.S. radio’s Daniel Hood.

The event began seven years ago, and follows a format similar to Dayton Does Dayton, another festival organized by Louie Wood Jr.

“The first four years the event was at Canal Street Tavern,” Wood remembers. “Rewind is very similar to Dayton Does Dayton in popularity and organization with half covers and half originals. It’s a very successful show.”

And folks, this is the only Ghostbuster music-related event in Dayton.

Two Ghostbusters fan clubs, The Columbus Ghostbusters and Real Ohio Ghostbusters Network, will host the show and do band intros, with proton packs and jumpsuits, skits, Ghostbusters and ‘80s trivia, prizes and giveaways. The Stay Puft Marshmallow man is rumored to make an appearance.

“While we pepper our public interaction with quotes, we don’t necessarily act out scenes like a Rocky Horror cast might do,” Jeff Tatarek of Columbus Ghostbusters says of the group’s performance style. “We’ll work with whatever events and charities [are] interested in the unique visibility a Ghostbusters group can lend.”

“This is the only thing like this,” two time Rewind performer Ricky Pat Johnson says, “a showcase of local talent, doing cover songs and their own songs.” Johnson will include a taste of Georgia Satellites and some vital Idol along with his originals at the event.

To Foo-Fighters influenced Seth Canan and The Carriers, it’s all rock and roll. The band plays hard rock, blues and alt country—though by their daily denim pinned and patched appearance, they already resemble ‘80s fans coming out of a Metallica/Judas priest show mid-decade. Sewn together for two months, they’re a product of several prior musical attempts.

“We come from one big club of musicians that are related or don’t get along,” Canan jokes. “We’re going to do ‘Summer of ’69’ then ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ with some other tunes mixed in.” The group has played a handful of shows to date and is already known for rapid-fire stage calisthenics and stunts.

In keeping with tradition, Wood recently organized a special photo shoot for participating bands and crew at the Riverside Jaycees Haunted House, decked out in all ‘80s aspects surrounded by grizzly goons from every tomb, while event photographer Jennifer Taylor closed in on her zoom. Sponsor Cousin Vinny’s donated 10 pizzas to the event, which included a four-person makeup team including Tori Lee.

The Jaycees Haunted House started in 1986 as an annual volunteer charity haunt and is the longest running haunted house in the local, extended area with staff prepping year-round for Halloween. The house has helped many area youths stay out of trouble, providing a fun, safe work environment to scare people in, and providing complimentary meals to actors.

Both Ghostbusters clubs were in attendance.

Event hairstylist and multi-instrumentalist Annalecia Heironimus does hair for shows, musicals and stage productions. “I’m all about promoting the local music scene,” Heironimus says. “I have a big passion for music and performing, if I can’t be on stage I’m happy behind the scenes, making it happen. Local music is where it all begins.”

The Seventh annual ‘80s Rewind takes place Saturday, May 28, at Gilly’s Jazz, 132 S. Jefferson St. The show begins at 7 p.m. and admission is $7 per ticket. For more information, find the event on Facebook.com.
Reach DCP freelance writer Mike Ritchie at MikeRitchie@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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Reach DCP freelance writer Mike Ritchie at MikeRitchie@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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