JUST IN: Faze-O to join legendary Dayton funk bands for tornado relief concert

Another legendary Dayton funk band has joined the lineup for a tornado relief concert at Rose Music Center later this month.

Faze-O, featuring Grammy Award winner Keith Harrison, will open the #937-Live Legends for relief concert, concert organizers announced Tuesday.

Credit: Photo: Amelia Robinson

Credit: Photo: Amelia Robinson

The concert will take place Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Faze-O originated here in Dayton and was produced by Clarence Satchell of the Ohio Players. The band’s hit songs include “Riding High” and “Good Thang.”

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“When I first heard about the #937- Live Legends for Relief Concert, it was a call from Steve Shockley asking me if I wanted to open the show. I thought ‘wow, what an honor it would be because many of my friends, and my home and property were affected by the tornado storm,’” Harrison said in a news release.

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The benefit concert will feature The Ohio Players, The Original Lakeside, Zapp, and special guest Steve Arrington, among others. The concert will take place from 7-11 p.m.

The money raised from the concert will be donated to the Dayton Foundation's Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund.

Tickets range from $33.50 to $63.50 and are available at www.rosemusiccenter.com. Donations will be accepted on the Planned2Give website www.planned2give.org.

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Four of the biggest acts to emerge from the Gem City will be featured in 937-Live: Hometown Legends for Relief hosted by Bootsy Collins and Peppermint Patty Collin.

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The show is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive  Blvd., Huber Heights.

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The lineup includes Ohio PlayersZapp, The Original Lakeside and Steve Arrington.

Funds raised from the concert will benefit the Dayton Foundation's Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund.

Fifteen tornadoes swept through the Miami Valley in the final hours of Memorial Day, leaving one man dead and thousands of homes damaged.

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Tickets will range from $33.50 to $63.50 and will go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2.

The featured acts are among the bands that helped Dayton earn its Land of Funk nickname in the 1970s and ’80s.

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Artists have donated their time to the event, which was organized by the nonprofit Planned2Give and The Original Lakeside’s member Stephen Shockley, and his wife, Brenda Lutz.

"Sitting in the dark after the tornadoes, Brenda and I lit some candles waiting for power to be restored. When the power was restored, we turned on the television and saw Sinbad, the comedian, at the Arena in Trotwood participating in tornado relief work,"  Shockley said in a statement on the Rose's website.

“I thought back to all of the shows we had done in the past, I turned to Brenda and said, ‘NOW IS THE TIME!’ Now’s the time for all these bands to come together to do a benefit concert for Dayton. We can do this.”

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The Ohio Players lead by original member James "Diamond" Williams has hits that include "Skin Tight" "Fire," "Sweet Sticky Thing," "Love Rollercoaster," Funky Worm," I Want to Be Free and "Pain"
Zapp is now lead by Lester Troutman.

It is known for a string of hits that includes “More Bounce to the Ounce,” “Doo Wa Ditty,” “I Can Make You Dance,” “Heartbreaker” and “Computer Love.”

Lakeside’s songs include “It’s All the Way Live,” “Fantastic Voyage” and Steve Arrington is best known for the songs “Watching You” and “Slide.”


What: #937-LIVE, Legends for Relief Concert

Where: Rose Music Center, 6800 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights

When: Sept. 18, 2019

Cost: $33.50 to $63.50

More info: Website 

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