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Funk music will be celebrated, performed and studied at the Dayton Funk Symposium

Land of Funk Party
Jason Reynolds
Earlier this fall Land of Funk Way was dedicated in downtown Dayton.

Evan Miller and Basim Blunt interview Neil Gittleman, the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as Sharon Gratto, the Graul Chair in Arts and Languages, about the upcoming Dayton Funk Symposium.

Starting on Wednesday Nov. 3 with the film Summer of Soul at the Neon starting at 7pm and ending on Saturday Nov. 6 at 8 pm with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra plus the Dayton Funk Allstars at the Schuster Center, the 2nd Dayton Funk Symposium will shed a light on the unparalleled funk era and legacy that was at the center of Dayton in the 70s and 80s with such bands as The Ohio Players, Roger Troutman, and Lakeside as well as many more remarkable funk bands that found their start in the Dayton area.

There will also be presentations hosted by esteemed guests with a direct history to many of the funk bands from Dayton starting on Thursday and Friday at the Curran Place on the University of Dayton’s campus as well as the Torch Lounge at Kennedy Union also on campus. Presentations and events start at 9am and run through the day until 9pm Thursday and Friday.

On Saturday there will also be events hosted at the Torch Lounge in Kennedy Union and then to end the night the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at the Schuster Center at 8pm.

These events require proof of COVID-19 vaccination and that all guests wear a mask throughout the symposium. More info can be found at https://udayton.edu/artssciences/endowedchair/graul/funk-symposium/index.php