Throughout the city of Dayton, and the cities around it, there are a vast number of bands and artists that take to the stage each and every night. A lot of them have perfected their craft, whatever its rock, country, folk, etc. It’s remarkable to go around town and see all the different styles that each band or artist perform to. A couple of musicians from the Gem City have developed another concept that will make your Thursday nights a little more exciting.
Local DJs/musicians Jay Madewell and Josh Egeland are part of a duo called Dirty/Clean and on Thursday nights at One Eyed Jacks on Colonel Glenn Highway they host an event called ‘Thank God It’s Thursday’. The concept of the duo is really out of the ordinary. Egeland will spin retro tunes, while Madewell plays drums to the beat of the songs throughout the evening. Other local musicians will come and play other instruments with the duo. The end result is a stunning collaboration of great music that will no doubt leave people blown away. It also will give people all the more reason to bring their dancing shoes, and dance the night away.
The show idea wasn’t thought up within a few minutes. “I have been throwing around the idea for some time now. I thought now would be a good time as any to set this idea into action,” Madewell told me before the inaugural show this past Thursday night. “We hope that the event takes off and we can do shows on Friday and Saturday nights as well,”
The show is truly an experience that you have to see. As Egeland supplied the crowd with classics from the days of disco and funk to Michael Jackson’s greatest hits, Madewell pounded away on the drums to the beat of the music. Percussion was added to the mix on this evening from Jason Webber. If the music didn’t keep people’s attention, the Gem City Rockers performed some Go Go Dancing, and also a light show just to the show’s unique style.
As the night went on, the crowd at One Eyed Jacks grew larger and larger. A large group of the patrons took to Dirty/Clean fun, groovy music playing beautifully. People started displaying their best dance moves, while many others watched in amazement. Some of the people that were in attendance at One Eyed Jacks mentioned to me that this was something that they didn’t think to imagine coming and seeing ever. The concept was fresh and outside of the box, and they couldn’t wait to see the show evolve. They also said that the bar was a perfect spot for the show to take place. Madewell agreed. “(One Eyed Jacks) is one of the best melting pots of music scenes I’ve seen in years in the Dayton area.”
With the event taking place each Thursday night, Madewell and Egeland have their sights set on making the show have themes to them. “I would love to do different shows. Maybe a super hero theme one night. Playing the Superman theme would be cool.” With the way the first night went, the masses are up for anything.
‘Thank God Its Thursday’ takes place at One Eyed Jacks, which is located on 2638 Colonel Glenn Highway in Fairborn, right across from Wright State University. The show is Thursdays 9pm-2am; 18 and up, and it’s free.