The June 2019 First Friday celebration, including a new festival at Riverscape Metropark meant to preview upcoming summer festivals, a free concert at Levitt Pavilion and gallery hopping and live music in the Oregon District. DAVID MOODIE/CONTRIBUTED

Free bus rides, free parking for tornado benefit concert at RiverScape

A free concert benefiting the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund will be hosted at RiverScape MetroPark July 13 from 1 to 6 p.m.

The Dayton Strong Benefit Concert will feature five local music acts, food trucks and support those affected by the tornadoes that hit region during Memorial Day weekend.

Greater Dayton RTA will offer free bus rides for all routes. The city of Dayton will also offer free parking at the Oregon District garage, 101 E. Fifth St. 

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During the concert, tornado victims will be able to connect with organizations like The American Red Cross and FEMA to access services including outreach, free health screenings and more. 

Those who wish to make donation to the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund can bring a check or cash to be collected during the concert. Donations also can be made online. Established by The Dayton Foundation to support tornado recovery efforts, the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund pledges 100 percent of its donations to vetted nonprofit organizations that address the long-term and immediate needs of the community. 

“RiverScape MetroPark is the Dayton region’s front porch and one of our community’s favorite gathering places,” Becky Benná, Five Rivers MetroParks executive director, said. “When so many in our community are in need, and when so many want to help, Five Rivers MetroPark and its partners, SOCHE and The Dayton Foundation felt this was an opportunity to provide a venue and event that support both.” 

Dayton Funk All-Stars Band  will  participate in Dayton Strong benefit concert.
Photo: Amelia Robinson

The concert lineup includes headliners the Dayton Funk All-Stars, Community Choir, Vince and the Fellas, the Sinclair Community College Faculty Jazz Combo, Jamie Suttle and Moment’s Notice. Attendees also can participate in family activities and enjoy bites from local food trucks, including Pa’s Pork and Twisted Taco. Additional event details will be posted on the event Facebook page as they’re available.

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The concert is the result of a Community Partnership between Five Rivers MetroParks, SOCHE (Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education), The Dayton Foundation and many caring community partners who want to honor those affected by the Memorial Day tornadoes.

“Through this event, we hope to celebrate our amazing neighbors across our community,” said Cassie Barlow, President of SOCHE. “We’d like to take a little bit of time to celebrate all of the people in our community who have given so much and continue to give.”

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1-1:10 — All Community/Unity Choir 

1:25-2:05 — Just Vince and the Fellas

2:20-3:00 — The Sinclair Community College Faculty Jazz Combo

3:15-3:55 — Jamie Suttle

4:10-4:50 — Moment’s Notice Band

5:05-5:50 — Dayton Funk All-Stars


WHEN: Saturday, July 13, 1 to 6 p.m.

WHERE: RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton

COST: Free (donations accepted)

INFO: FacebookWebsite

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