Dayton is Staying Funky
June 10, 2017
The current issue of Cincinnati Magazine asks an interesting, if unexpected question: “Is Dayton the World Capital of Funk?” The article details the history of some of the seminal funk bands that formed in Dayton, OH or that, at one time or another, called a Dayton moving company to pack up an abundance of bass guitars, electronic keyboards, and other eminently funky instruments to make a home in the music scene that flourished there in the 70s and 80s. That may seem like ancient history now, but the other focus of the article is the still-developing Funk Music Hall of Fame and Exhibition Center, which aims to make the musical history of the city a point of pride and a part of the cultural experience of anyone who hangs there hat in Dayton. This isn’t to say that there isn’t still an active music scene in Dayton, or even modern-day purveyors of local funk. Ask after any Dayton moving company and you’ll probably find that they’ve shuffled their fair share of working musicians in and out of the city. Let that be a reminded that where Cleveland does not stand alone just because it boasts the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Soon enough, Dayton will be a place to feel just at home in amidst the history of American music, but just a little off the beaten track.