Funds being raised for ‘way’ honoring Dayton rock icon

Dayton Music: Plans for Mick Montgomery Way in works

A move is underway to have a section of Dayton renamed to recognize a Dayton music icon.

“Mick Montgomery Way” would be a fitting tribute to the founder of Canal Street Tavern, Dayton resident and music afficiando Shelley Hulce said.

Nearly 200 people are part of the Mick Montgomery Way Honorary Street Naming Facebook group Hulce organized as part of a push to have the city of Dayton name the first two blocks of First Street from Patterson Boulevard to Sear Street in Michael “Mick” Montgomery’s honor.

Montgomery sold the well-known music venue he founded and operated at 308 East First St. for more than 31 years ago last spring to South Park Tavern owner Bill Daniels. Montgomery is no longer associated with the business now called Canal Public House and operated by Shaine Sullivan of Dayton.

Hulce is raising $500 through Omega Music, 318 E. Fifth St. in Dayton Oregon District, as part of a street naming application process that could take a few months.

“That corner is an institution. It was home base for the most significant things to Dayton music and Mick is an icon,” Hulce said. “We don’t want to wait until he is too sick to enjoy it.”

Any money collected exceeding the goal will be contribute to help cover Montgomery’s medical bills.

The Dayton resident had a heart attack in October 2012 and has since been additional hospitalizations for heart-related issues.

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