Yellow Cab staffers, family members and friends at Last Waltz.
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Local musicians throwing benefit show for Yellow Cab — and you don’t have to leave the house to see it  

Dayton area musicians are banding together for a show that you don’t have to be there to see. 

“A LIVE Stream Concert for Yellow Cab + Local Musicians” is set to begin on Facebook Live at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21. 

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Fans can “symbolically buy a drink and tip” staff at Yellow Cab Tavern, a music venue and bar located at 

700 E. Fourth St. in the Oregon District. 

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Yellow Cab’s Tara Moore says musicians, 15 acts in all, will play from their homes. 

Facebook Live links for each performance will be placed in the event’s Facebook page and on the band’s individual page. 

Proceeds from the event organized by Dayton painter Megan Fiely and musician Kyleen Downes will benefit the bands and Yellow Cab. 

Yellow Cab Tavern hosted a Mardi Gras Celebration featuring funk music from Ernie Johnson from Detroit and Freakquency on Friday, February 21. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
Photo: Tom Gilliam

“I was kind of speechless when they said they were doing this for us,” Moore said. “I love our musician community the things they came up with are pretty amazing.”

Rich Reuter (left) and Amber Hargett.
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As coronavirus cases have climbed in the state, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has ordered K-12 schools to shut down for three weeks starting March 16, prohibited mass gatherings of more than 100, and banned visitors at nursing homes and state psychiatric hospitals.

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The governor recently ordered the closure of bars, restaurants, gyms, rec centers, movie theaters, salons, spas and some other types of businesses. 

Downes said Yellow Cab, an art space that hosts music and art and other events, depends on the people who come in.  

“If they can’t do shows, they can’t make any money at this time, she said. 

BEER! A Celebration of Dayton Brewing brought all of Dayton’s craft breweries together at the Yellow Cab Tavern on Friday, Aug. 16. The beer event, which previews Dayton Beer Week, occurred in conjunction with the Yellow Cab's August food truck rally. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
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To that point, Downes said many local musicians also work in bars or in restaurants. 

The show has another purpose as well. 

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“It will hopefully be a nice way to stay connected and bring music to folks as they are staying in,” she told this news organization. “There are so many great music supporters that we appreciate and getting to have an interaction with them virtually is the next best thing.” 

Kyleen Downes
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Moore said she is trying to remain positive and she is excited to be able to hang with musicians and fans even through social media. 

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“I don’t know what things are going to be like,” she said. “At this point, we are all going to hunker down and hope that we all make it to the other side.”  


Visit: Facebook Live videos will  be posted on musician pages. A link will be added to the event page:

How to tip Yellow Cab and band:  

Lineup for Friday, March 20 

Sisco Red
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7 – Kyleen Downes at Kyleen Downes
7:30 – Matt Terry + Samantha Rogers at Matt Terry
8 – Amber Hargett at Amber Hargett Music
8:30 – David Payne + Heather Redman at David Payne
9 – Brandon Berry (The Paint Splats) at Brandon Berry
9:30 -Rich Reuter at Rich Reuter
10 – Salvadore Ross at Salvadore Ross

Lineup for Saturday, March 21

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7 – Paul Monnin at Age Nowhere
7:30 – Charlie + Amanda Jackson at Charlie & Amanda
8 – Harold Hensley at Harold Hensley
8:30 – Anna Baugham at Anna Marie Music
9 – Sisco Red at Sisco Red
9:30 – novena at Jennifer Taylor
10 – Sharon Lane at Sharon A. Lane

10:30 – MOIRA at MOIRA

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