Friday, July 25th marks the fourth annual 90s Reloaded tribute show, the first time for this particular event, at Gilly’s in downtown Dayton. The show will feature seven local bands performing sets that include both 90s favorites and their own original material, as well as five acoustic performers doing an “in the round” style set, belly dancing, DJ sets and more.
“The 90s is my second favorite musical decade,” says presenter Louie Wood Jr.. “I grew up on five albums: Emf Schubert’s Dip, Jesus Jones’ Doubt, Primitive Radio Gods’ Rocket, Kristen Barry’s The Beginning Is The Middle Is The End and U2’s Achtung Baby. I am a big fan of post punk, electronica, techno, alternative and EDM.”
90s Reloaded is one of several signature shows Wood produces throughout the year including 80s Rewind, which is heading into its sixth year, and Dayton Does Dayton, which will see its fifth Gem City outing in January.
“I think one of the very good things about these shows is that they sometimes present a challenge to musicians. And a very worthy challenge,” Wood says. “I saw this happen from the very start at the 2009 Dayton Dirt Collective Smiths/Morrissey tribute we threw, my very first tribute show. Just a month after that it was a tribute to the Cure, which was just as interesting and fun as the Smiths/Morrissey tribute. Bands get to succeed out of their element at these shows in front of new people. This is a good thing for Dayton.”
The seven bands on Friday night’s bill are all original and will combine their own material with the 90s songs they’ve chosen to cover.
“I let all the bands/musicians choose their cover songs and then ask them to perform their best originals. This of course is so that the bands get the most out of performing at the shows, and so they connect to the audience better.”
This year’s lineup features both new-to-the-scene and well-established acts with a range of styles and ages represented.
“Having lots of styles of music at these tribute show makes them special and a lot of fun, I think it really helps them succeed,” says Wood. “The younger bands that participate in the shows are always very enthusiastic about performing and always put on a good presentation. They are also always very talented; it always creates a cool energy at the beginning of the show to get the party started.”
In addition to the live music, Bronwen Dancer and her regional belly dancing troupe will perform a set as part of the evening’s festivities and Wood will DJ 90s music between sets.
“I like to do fun things while people are waiting for the bands to perform like play TV movie these songs and jingles from that era. People really get a kick out of it.”
HOW TO GO:
Friday, July 25th at 7:30PM
at Gilly’s, 132 S. Jefferson St.
$7 at the door
Crazy Damn Good
Queen of Hearts
Daniel White aka Barefoot Dan
a 30 minute belly dance presentation by: Bronwen Dancer and her regional belly dancing troupe