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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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Fun with a K!

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Sons of F.U.N.K. at Middletown’s Old Crow Bar As hype man or behind the kit, Rico Lewis lives for fun(k) By Allyson B. Crawford “Funk is freedom!” Sons of F.U.N.K. bandleader and hype-man Rico Lewis tells the Dayton City Paper. Lewis sat behind the drum kit with George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic for 15 years. He’s […]

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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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Ready, Set, LEGO!

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Be prepared for LEGO dazzle and delight when the BrickUniverse Convention for LEGO Fans visits the Dayton Convention Center August […]

We all live in a ‘Yellow Submarine’

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Coinciding with the 50th anniversary and theatrical re-release of Yellow Submarine, animator Ron Campbell is bringing his Rock Art Show […]

Four headliners and more this week at Downtown’s Levitt

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Delhi 2 Dublin, Kyle Dillingham, Sol Driven Train, Lao Tizer Band Delhi 2 Dublin (l-r): Serena Eades, Sanjay Seran, Ravi […]

The Oregon’s Seafood Stalwart

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Carving out history Jay’s Seafood Restaurant is a longtime pillar of the Oregon District dining scene. It’s steeped in lore […]

Destination Yellow Springs

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Yellow Springs artist exhibited (times two) Yellow Springs painter Christine Klinger is showing her work at the Emporium/Underdog Café through […]