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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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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]