Meet Budd Haden, creative catalyst.

The headline is a joke. Some of you will get it. If you don’t right away- look at this site: http://buddhaden.blogspot.com/ Oct 8, 2009 it’s now at http://thebuddhaden.net/ and it’s now running WordPress!

Kyle Melton is the “Creative class”- although I doubt he’d like being lumped in with that whole nomenclature. He’s a guitarist, educational publisher cum music producer and it’s people like Kyle who are most likely to actually make things happen- compared to the groupthink, community meeting route that Dayton seems so enamoured with.

He’s been producing shows at clubs around town- showcasing Dayton’s vast musical talent. He’s not rich. He’s not a retired captain of industry. His soapbox is his own- and it’s not real big- but, in terms of making Dayton a hip-cool-happenin place- he’s doing it.

I sat down for lunch with him (he also lives in South Park) over South Park’s finest pizza (a pesto pizzaz from Dayton’s Original Pizza Factory) and discussed his ideas for giving local bands a way to find their audiences. Of course- I whipped out the Flip and just had him say a few words about what he’s doing.

The meeting sparked an idea: a local “MacArthur grant” handed out to local catalysts to spur their dreams. It doesn’t have to be big money- $10K or $25k could go a long way to giving Kyle the ability to do more things- bigger and better. The Dayton Foundation might want to consider this idea- if they don’t do something like it already (no time to research it now).

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4 Responses

  1. Drexel Dave Sparks February 17, 2009 / 5:34 pm
    Kyle is great. He has been very supportive of drexel, although we haven’t yet played one of the shows he promotes. Soon though.

    Thanks for telling the rest of D8N about Kyle.

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  2. Jeff February 17, 2009 / 9:26 pm
    So that’s what Meltones looks like!

    I linked to him early on at the Daytonology blogroll since I am sometime fan of the local music scene & his blog is a good tipsheet. Never met him though I went to that Andrew and the Pretty Punchers show he sponsored at Jimmys Cornerstone.

    There are a few other people doing promotions. Glad Girl, who posts here from time to time. The guys who do the Dayton Music Fest, Rev Cool on WYSO since he plays local talent on his show, Don Thrasher, who writes about the scene, and so forth…

    These people aren’t very high-viz (well maybe Thrasher) but they make it happen.

    Anyway, back to Kyle Melton. So what where his ideas?

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  3. budd hatin' February 12, 2010 / 1:44 am
    if this guy would actually start talking about what dayton bands were doing, like he used to, yeah, he would be in a good spot. sorry to say, he’s lost track and quite frankly his blog doesn’t deserve the tagline “everything you wanted to know about dayton but were afraid to ask” because it’s just a pitchfork repost crapfest. why doesn’t he write about what dayton is doing?

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