The Funk Museum and Exhibition Center is now open. Video by Amelia Robinson
Due to overwhelming interest, the grand opening event is at capacity, and only those who have made reservations will be able to attend.
>> Meet the company behind the ‘Keep Dayton Funky’ t-shirt
If you didn’t make your reservations, don’t worry: you can always visit the new Funk Music Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 17. The hours for that day will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to founder David Webb.
To make reservations for other times, call 937-837-4441.
>> This Dayton art teacher dressed more than a dozen famous funk bands
Photo inside of the Funk Museum and Exhibition Center in downtown Dayton. Photo: Amelia Robinson
INSIDE THE MUSEUM
Museum highlights include Dayton artist Delora Buford-Buchanan's mural "Mount Funk More" and exhibits on the Ohio Players, Heatwave, Zapp, WDAO FM radio and Sly & the Family Stone.
One of the original signs from the recently closed Gilly's Jazz in downtown Dayton is also in the museum. The club, owned by the late Jerry Gillotti, hosted several fundraising events for the museum.
>> Gilly's jazz nightclub owner Jerry Gillotti dies at 80
“(There are) so many highlights it’s hard to name them all,” Webb said.
The funk music genre put Dayton on the map as the Land of the Funk in the 1970s and ’80s, thanks to a stable of groups that included the Ohio Players, Steve Arrington’s Hall of Fame, Zapp, Faze-O, Heatwave, Sun, Slave and Lakeside.
Webb said he hopes the center becomes a historical destination for Dayton that pays homage to funk stars past and present, and educates the public about the history of a genre of music he’s loved most of his life.