Canal Street Tavern

Shelly Hulce

Earlier this week, Canal Street Tavern received a new name, as founder Mick Montgomery ended his 32-year association with the venue. This is the first of several changes patrons will see in the coming months.

The tavern will now be called Canal Public House. New owner, Shane Sullivan, says he chose the name because it gives the bar a new identity, but pays homage to the legacy of the Canal Street Tavern, which has been a destination for music fans for more than thirty years.

Aubrey Edwards

Crossing the border from Tennessee to Kentucky, Davis Rogan calls in to Excursions to update Niki Dakota ahead of his performance at Canal Street Tavern.  Rogan was in the Dayton area earlier this summer as a solo performer of song and story.  This time, he's back with his band to play New Orleans-style rhythm and blues with their own spin. 

Songwriters in the Round on Excursions

May 24, 2013

 Kevin Milner, Daniel Dye, and Tim Pritchard stopped by the WYSO studios today to share a couple big laughs and great songs. Niki Dakota hosted as they all told stories and played from the heart.

These three musicians, along with six other of Dayton's best singer/songwriters, will be performing at Canal Street Tavern on Sunday night at 8pm  for the Singer/Songwriter Celebration. 

In 1981 Mick Montgomery turned an old factory cafeteria into the iconic music venue, Canal Street Tavern.  Recently, it was announced that Mick was selling Canal Street to Bill Daniels, owner of Pizza Factory and 

South Park Tavern. Many were upset by the news, but in an interview with WYSO's Jerry Kenney, Montgomery says he’ll still be involved with the club, and for now not much will change.  First, He talks about what the club has meant to him over the last 30+ years.

Hear the interview, as aired on WYSO Weekend, April 14, 2013.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for April 14, 2013 including the following stories:

-- Dayton Police Chief: Aerial Surveillance For Crime, Not Spying, by Emily McCord

-- Canal's Street's Montgomery Says Venue Has Been His Life, by Jerry Kenney

Canal Street Tavern in Dayton has been sold. The music venue’s new owner is Bill Daniels, owner of Pizza Factory and South Park Tavern.

Canal Street has been around since 1981, and long-time owner Mick Montgomery says the club has been his life, adding, "the truth is I’ve had some incredible staff to who helped me get started, and whose worked with me over the years, and I can’t describe it in any other way than it’s just been a gratifying, good experience."

My Latex Brain's current lineup of Brian Hoops, Chris Corn and Roger Owsley has been around since 2005 and last fall the trio won the 2012 Dayton Band Playoffs at Canal Street Tavern.  My Latex Brain visited the WYSO studios to perform a live set and talk about their experience in the playoffs and what's to come in 2013.

My Latex Brain will perform, Friday, February 2nd at Canal Street Tavern as part of the Dayton Does Dayton Music Festival. 

Terminal Cafe began performing in Dayton in the 1980s and competed in the first ever Dayton Band Playoffs at the newly opened Canal Street Tavern.  After many years apart, the band has reunited and started rehearsing for an upcoming reunion show along with several current local bands containing the members' children.  Terminal Cafe visited the WYSO studios for their first live performance in over a decade.  They spoke with Shelly Hulce about the Dayton music scene in the 1980s, the decision to reunite and preparations for their reunion concert.

Photo by Fairlight Hubbard www.eyemgmt.com

In 2003, Jennifer Knapp left her career as a successful Christian artist and didn't perform for 7 years.  Now Knapp has rekindled her music career identifying herself as a gay person of faith.  She has released a folk album called "Letting Go," and she'll perform in Dayton next weekend.  WYSO's Juliet Fromholt spoke with Knapp about her return to music.

Noah Benefiel, Zack Eldridge, Shawn Imel, Seth Campbell and Seth Reigelsperger began playing music together as a hobby, but about a year ago they began performing publicly with an inaugural gig at Canal Street Tavern. After playing shows around Dayton, Market Street Dream was convinced to take part in the 29th Annual Dayton Band Playoffs by Canal Street Tavern owner Mick Montgomery. They will move on to Round 3 of the Playoffs, performing next on August 22nd at Canal Street Tavern.

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