The leaders of some of Dayton’s Legendary Funk Bands have joined efforts with Planned2Give, a non-profit fundraising organization, to raise funds to help the survivors of the recent tornados in their recovery process.
#937- Live, Legends for Relief is a benefit concert with some of Dayton’s top, platinum selling recording artists. The Ohio Players, The Original Lakeside, Zapp, and special guest Steve Arrington, among others, have graciously donated their time and talents to create this special performance in order to help in the recovery process of the Miami Valley’s affected areas. The concert will be held on Wednesday, September 18 at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights, Ohio. This effort is the vision of The Original Lakeside’s senior member, Stephen Shockley, and his wife, Brenda Lutz. Stephen Shockley said, “Sitting in the dark after the tornados, 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. 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!”
This concert is especially unique because of its historic nature. These bands that helped form a genre of music and put Dayton on the map as “The Land of Funk,” have never been on one stage together in Dayton. Shockley shared, “I’ve been in concerts a long time and felt like I could reach out and put all of the famous bands from Dayton together and finally do a concert for Dayton. We are all friends, but we have never all played together in Dayton, on the same stage, at the same time! We felt like it would be a historic concert for a spectacular cause, and when Brenda and I started reaching out, the response was so great that we were energized to go forward.”These Legendary Funk bands’ music has stood the test of time and has regularly been sampled by contemporary artists. Songs like The Ohio Players’ Love Rollercoster and Fire, Lakeside’s Fantastic Voyage and Zapp’s More Bounce to the Ounce, and many other songs, are recognized as the Dayton Funk Sound that had a major impact on the national funk music genre.
The money raised from the concert will be donated to the Dayton Foundation’s Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund. This concert is made possible by all of our partners and sponsors of the event. The support of the community will make this night a success for the Miami Valley region and those affected by the tornados.
Tickets go on sale Friday, Aug 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM