'The Land of Funk' celebrates its place in music history
Dayton has a lot of funk festivities going on this fall, and the first of those events was the renaming of a downtown street.
On Thursday afternoon, a large group gathered downtown to unveil a new street sign.
What used to be Stone Street is now officially “Land of Funk Way.” And that’s what a lot of people have wanted to call it since the Land of Funk mural went up in 2018. It was designed by artist Morris Horward, and a team of local youth artists helped him paint it.
The mural pays tribute to Dayton funk legends like the Ohio Players, Roger & Zapp and Lakeside.
University of Dayton Music Professor Sharon Davis Gratto organized the street renaming.
“I think Morris Howard deserves the recognition," she says. "And I wanted to have this happen to lead the way for the second Funk Symposium, which we’re having at the university."
The Funk Symposium runs November 3 through 6. It will feature funk line dancing and dance lessons. The Neon theater will screen Summer of Soul, and the Dayton Philharmonic will put on a funk performance.