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Funk Hall of Fame in Dayton?
Ohioi group wants a museum, music school and walk of fame to anchor an entertainment district
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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Ohio could be home to another music hall of fame if a Dayton group has its way. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia reports.
Funk Hall of Fame in Dayton?

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland has inducted funk legends George Clinton, the O’Jays and Sly & the Family Stone. But a group of Dayton residents, including Mayor Gary Leitzell, wants to open The Funk Hall of Fame and Museum in Dayton.

This weekend, the Dayton Funk Dynasty Group announced a drive to collect $10 donations from 10 million people to open the museum. The money would also fund a walk of fame, a documentary on funk and a school of music.

Organizers are aiming for an opening within two years to anchor an entertainment district in the city. They’re calling for support from DJs, sports teams and even talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, who dances onto her show each day to the music that would be enshrined in the new hall of fame.

The announcement was made on what would have been funk pioneer James Brown’s 80th birthday. 
He spent the 1950s and 1960s recording in Cincinnati for King Records.
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My quesiton how much of this groups own money are they investing? What resources has the City of Dayton's Mayor Leitzell (who just lost the run off elections) promised he would contribute?


Posted by: Fellow Funk-a-teer (dayton) on May 9, 2013 12:05PM
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