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FUNK RELIEF: Four legendary Dayton bands to throw concert for tornado relief

Published: Monday, July 29, 2019 @ 2:14 PM

Some of Dayton's most well-known entertainers have joined the fight to rebuild lives following the Memorial Day tornadoes. They will perform at a concert at the Rose Music Center on September 18, 2019.

Legendary Dayton bands are getting funky in response to one of the biggest natural disasters to hit the region in recent history. 

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.” 

WANT TO GO?

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