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We got the funk! Funk Hall of Fame celebrates grand opening

Funk Hall of Fame celebrates grand opening (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - The Miami Valley celebrated Black history Friday night with the grand opening of the Funk Hall of Fame, which went with a big party at the downtown Dayton library.

"I'm so excited, this is tremendous," Funk Center President David Webb said. "It's on fire. Dayton, Ohio, is on fire."

Keisan Green is a local bass player just finding out about the Funk Center .

"It's exciting because we need something like this," Green said, "especially with the history this city brings musically. It's definitely needed because a lot of people don't know about how much funk and things like that came out of this city."

Matt Webster works two doors down from the new museum

"I think it'll be really good, good for the community, good for this block, good for the street, bring more traffic downtown," said Webster.

Webb is hoping to make the Funk Center into a tourist destination like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

"We've got the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we got all these hall of fames, but there's not a funk hall of fame in Dayton," Webb said. "Some of these funk stars are all over the world; they need to be recognized."

The center has been a labor of love for l0 years.

"I have a crew that works hard, no one gets paid," he said. "A grass roots movement and we're excited about that."

Stopping by today before the opening was Senator Sherrod Brown and Dayton's mayor.

"I've really been impressed witth the leadership of the funk museum and the leadership of the community really coming together to show something really quite beautiful," said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.

Everything there was donated.

"They want to keep the funk alive, and we'e so happy we have their memorabalia and artifacts here. It's a great thing for the Miami Valley," said Webb.

It's $5 to get a ticket into the museum on East Third Street, which is only open by appointment Monday through Wednesday. Thursday through Saturday, it's open from 11 a.m. through 6 p.m.

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