Dave Chappelle to host benefit concert for Dayton, Ohio, weeks after mass shooting
DAYTON, Ohio — Comedian Dave Chappelle was scheduled to host a free concert for Dayton, Ohio, on Sunday, Aug. 25 to honor people killed in the mass shooting, and to benefit families and survivors.
The event — called Gem City Shine in a nod to the city’s nickname — came three weeks after nine people were killed in the downtown Oregon District.
Additional performers were not announced. Rapper and producer Kanye West was in Dayton’s RiverScape Metro Park on Sunday morning, hosting his Sunday Service. His wife, Kim Kardashian West, tweeted a link to the performance, writing, “In support of the victims and survivors of the Dayton mass shooting.”
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley announced the concert Wednesday, Aug. 21, adding that people unable to attend can donate to the Oregon District Tragedy Fund.
“With the sea of people and the celebration that will be going on, I think it will make it a lot more bearable,” she told the station.
A Facebook page for the concert, hosted with the help of city organizations like the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, said another goal was to help city residents “reclaim” the Oregon District, a popular nightlife destination.
Sunday’s event was scheduled from 4 to 10 p.m. Tickets were previously distributed.
According to WDTN, organizers expected the event to draw thousands of people and warned it could reach capacity. A ticket does not guarantee entry, the station reported.
Chappelle lives with his family in Yellow Springs, Ohio, about 20 miles east of Dayton. He’s even made the occasional appearance at village council meetings.