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2018
Wednesday, September 12th
2:30 PM

Dayton Funk Symposium Program

Elizabeth Weiler, University of Dayton

Dayton, OH

2:30 PM

Conference program

Designer: Elizabeth Weiler

Faculty advisor: Misty Thomas-Trout

Dayton Funk Symposium Welcome

Sharon Davis Gratto, University of Dayton

Dayton, OH

2:30 PM

Words of welcome from Sharon Davis Gratto, professor of music and Graul Chair in Arts and Humanities.

Introductory Roundtable: Looking Back at Funk History in Dayton

Todd Uhlman, University of Dayton

Dayton, OH

2:30 PM

Moderator: Dr. Todd Uhlman; panelists: Ericka Blount, Keith Harrison, Clarence Willis

3:30 PM

Scotland Connects with American Funk and Dayton, Ohio

Jesse Rae

Dayton, OH

3:30 PM

4:15 PM

The Sounds of Black America: Funk and Dayton, Ohio

Matthew Valnes, Duke University

Dayton, OH

4:15 PM

This essay proposes a framework called the “sounds of black America” to argue that the social and cultural interactions unique to a specific locality results in a particular approach to funk as sound organization. Drawing on George Lipsitz’s concept of the “Black Spatial Imaginary” and using the music of the Ohio Players as a case study, I demonstrate how the music programs in Dayton-area schools can help us understand the particular approach to funk that came out of Dayton in the late 1960s through the 1970s.

4:40 PM

Sounds of Black America: Q&A

Matthew Valnes, Duke University

4:40 PM

Q&A session with presenter

7:00 PM

Keynote Address: Dayton, Ohio; Toward a Funk Paradigm of Knowledge Production

Scot Brown, University of California, Los Angeles

Dayton, OH

7:00 PM

Thursday, September 13th
9:00 AM

Dayton Funk Music: Visually Speaking

Willis Bing Davis, Shango: Center for the Study of African American Art and Culture

Dayton, OH

9:00 AM

9:45 AM

The Land of Funk: Dayton’s Stone Street Mural

Morris Howard
Brittni Long

Dayton, OH

9:45 AM

Presentation is based on the completion of “The Land of Funk” mural on Stone Street in downtown Dayton. The mural honors bands of the funk era that are from Dayton, e.g., the Ohio Players, Heatwave, Lakeside, Slave, Fazeo, Sun, and Zapp featuring Roger Troutman.

10:10 AM

"Ride On" to "Tree of Life": The History, Music and Influence of Skip “Little Axe” McDonald

Matthew Donahue, Bowling Green State University

Dayton, OH

10:10 AM

10:50 AM

Funky Comedy: “That Funky Tramp in a Nite Club” (1967) and Funk’s Origins and Investments

David McCarthy, Central Michigan University

Dayton, OH

10:50 AM

11:20 AM

Detroit’s Lost Soul: Erasing the African American Voice in the Aftermath of Motown

Christian Matijas-Mecca, University of Michigan

Dayton, OH

11:20 AM

11:50 AM

How C.C. Got Down: The Case for Go-Go and How Funk Thrived Past the 1970s in Washington, D.C.

Melissa Weber, Tulane University

Dayton, OH

11:50 AM

12:20 PM

Break

University of Dayton

Dayton, OH

12:20 PM

Music by Funk DJ Stan “The Man” Brooks

1:20 PM

James Brown’s “Say It Loud” at 50!

Frederick “Rickey” Vincent, California College of the Arts

Dayton, OH

1:20 PM

2:00 PM

Free Your Mind: Funk Transfigured as Black Cultural Aesthetics

Tony Bolden, The University of Kansas

Dayton, OH

2:00 PM

2:30 PM

Black Music Matters: Jazz, Funk and the Academy

Ed Sarath, University of Michigan

Dayton, OH

2:30 PM

This talk situates funk and its close relationship with jazz within the overarching context of black music in higher education.

7:00 PM

Funk Dance Party

University of Dayton

Dayton, OH

7:00 PM

Featuring the male vocal quartet Motown Sounds of Touch; the Dayton Funk All-Stars and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company; admission is free, but tickets are required.

Friday, September 14th
8:30 AM

Closing Roundtable: Reflections on the Symposium

John McCombe, University of Dayton

Dayton, OH

8:30 AM

Moderator: Dr. John McCombe, professor of English, University of Dayton; panelists: Stan "The Man" Brooks, Dr. Scot Brown, Jesse Rae, Dr. Frederick "Rickey" Vincent, David Webb, and Joseph Wooten