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Funk Music Hall of Fame Now Open in Dayton

April Laissle

Music fans are celebrating the official opening of the Funk Music Hall of Fame in downtown Dayton. The highly anticipated museum celebrates funk music and its legacy in the city.  


Plans for the Funk Music Hall of Fame have been in the making for about two years. The city officially gave curator David Webb the green light to open on Third Street late last year.  

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Webb, along with his team of administrative staff, has been collecting funk music artifacts for years. The Hall of Fame features items donated by many well-known artists, including the Ohio Players, Heatwave, Sun, and Lakeside.

Webb says he doesn’t have a favorite exhibit.

“Everything is a favorite. I was just amazed by how many people wanted to donate stuff - they wanted to make this happen," said Webb. "That has been the biggest wow for me.”

The museum is now open by appointment only. Tours can be scheduled by phone. A grand opening ceremony is expected in the coming weeks.


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April Laissle is a graduate of Ohio University and comes to WYSO from WOUB Public Media in Athens, Ohio where she worked as a weekend host and reporter. There, she reported on everything from food insecurity to 4-H chicken competitions. April interned at KQED Public Radio in San Francisco, where she focused on health reporting. She also worked on The Broad Experience, a New-York based podcast about women and workplace issues. In her spare time, April loves traveling, trying new recipes and binge-listening to podcasts. April is a Florida native and has been adjusting to Ohio weather since 2011.