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Getting the Funk Out

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It is argued that funk began in the mid-1960s when African-American musicians created a new form of music that was danceable and rhythmic utilizing a mixture of soul, jazz, and rhythm and blues (R&B), with Little Richard and James Brown being two of the first musicians to capitalize on the genre. It was the culmination […]

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The Handmades’ Tale

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Handmade Moments, the folk-jazz duo originally from Arkansas, are excited to be playing in Dayton for a number of reasons. “There’s this amazing Randy Newman song called ‘Dayton, Ohio’” cheers Anna Moss, then sings “A real nice way to spend the day in Dayton, Ohio… I love that song so much.” Turns out she even […]

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What the funk?

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“If some people don’t like funk music then it’s just the wrong time for them. They will get it. It’s addictive,” George Clinton recently told The Guardian. “That’s why they call it dope. It gets you. If you’ve got a booty and you can shake it, you’ve got the funk.” George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic is […]

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Latin funk by way of New Orleans and Motown

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Bernardo Lopez started his musical journey playing in a variety of other bands throughout Cincinnati. Whether playing the Latino music of his homeland Mexico or other genres, a desire to create his own artistic statement steadily grew. Started in mid-2016, Levee has taken blues, soul, funk and R&B, crafting it into their own style under […]

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Knight wields a mighty axe at Taffy’s

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Django Knight is a young man with an old soul. “I just turned 24,” Knight told me in a recent interview. He has a great attitude, a great talent, and a great story, so I’m just going to get out of the way and let him tell it. “My singing background extends really far back […]

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A new class at the old school

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Dayton Funk Forever brings the spirit of 70s soul to Oscar’s (L-R) Joseph Hamp, Patrick Coyne, Brandon Guthrie, Adam Uhlenhake, Scott Forney, and Bill Dixon. Not pictured: Kainan Shank. By Tim Walker Mention the Dayton music scene to most people, and two things may come to mind: lo-fi and funk. And with this area having […]

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Go funk yourself! 

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Krunk Town Boogie blends DIY flavor and funk at Oregon Express Krunk Town Boogie blends DIY flavor and funk at Oregon Express Photo: By Scott Malan By Scott Malan Dayton, Ohio has bred some of the most valuable funk acts in the genre’s history. Groups like Ohio Players, Zapp (and its offspring, Zapp Band or Zapp & Roger), and Slave paved the […]

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The funky truth

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The legendary George Clinton brings funk back to Dayton George Clinton; photo: William Thoren Photography By Joseph Ferber For a moment, Dayton City Paper was an exclusive listener to a new phase in funk history. Skeptical that a direct line existed to funk’s most innovative forefather, we found all suspicion suspended as our call for […]

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A whole lotta funk (and a little bit of jazz)

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Dave Koz and Larry Graham join forces at Fraze Photo: Dave Koz will be performing with Graham at Fraze By Tim Walker The life of a touring musician, with its endless routine of traveling, hotels, performances, restaurants, and interviews, might be an annoyance to many. But, at 54, Dave Koz loves it. “I couldn’t be […]

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Who is Ernie Johnson from Detroit?

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Cincy funk band set to bless Trolley Stop By Joey Ferber   Photo: Ernie Johnson from Detroit’s (l-r) Collin Thompson, Wayne Kilgard, Drew Loftspring, Nathan Lewis, Eric Osmanoglu, and Dusty Bryant take on Trolley Stop March 17; photo: Kristoph Klein   All we knew about the Cincinnati band was that whomever Ernie Johnson is, he—or […]

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]