The Flytown Soul Revue is a six-piece funk and soul band based in Columbus, Ohio that specializes in music from the 60s and 70s, including songs by Sam and Dave, Ike and Tina Turner, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, The JBs, The Bar Kays, and more. With members by way of San Diego, Cleveland, Chicago, and Columbus, The Flytown Soul Revue is a must-see musical force with a high-energy sound that will make you want to dance. The music of The Flytown Soul Revue appeals to all funk, soul, jazz, and blues fans alike.
What is Flytown?
Decades after the Civil War, the area nearby became a hub for manufacturing. As factories were built, a new neighborhood known as Flytown sprang up.
“Flytown was an integrated area,” says Columbus musician Arnett Howard who is an amateur Flytown historian. “Polish families would live next to German families. Black families were integrated into that. It was an area of poverty.”
It’s said that Flytown got its name because the cheap, raggedy wood frame houses just “flew up.”
By the 1960s Flytown was gone; done in by urban renewal and the construction of I-670. But several elegant Short North neighborhoods still stand – two of them are on opposite sides of North High Street. The older one, east of High was a more working class neighborhood says the Columbus Landmarks Foundation’s Kathy Mast Kane.