Dayton is known for a lot of great things.
One of which is a rich history of musical talent and an eclectic mix of talent making music right here today.
Both of these things will be on display when the fifth annual Dayton Does Dayton festival hits Gilly’s, 132 S. Jefferson St., Dayton, on Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14.
Promoter Louie Wood Jr.’s tribute to original local music features area artists performing songs originally recorded by well-known name acts such as the Ohio Players and Guided by Voices and more obscure groups.
A quick primer on the event:
Who’s performing? Dayton Funk All-Stars, Menace 2 Sobriety, Jordan Hull, Al Holbrook Band, Reyna Spears, MC Rev Cool, Niki Dakota and more.
The basics: Music begins at 8 p.m. Friday, March 13, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14. Cost: $7 each night
What to expect: “This type of tribute show gets the bands out of their comfort zone,” Wood said. “It gets them out of their normal skin a little bit and opens them up to new opportunities to play with bands they wouldn’t normally play with. They get to do networking with other bands, which is really important, and they get to play a great venue like Gilly’s. That’s one of the key reasons Dayton Does Dayton is successful.”