Dayton United concert, featuring Bayside, Saves The Day, Thursday vocalists, rallies to bring joy, relief to devastated community


DAYTON, Ohio, August 2019 -- Just a week ago tragedy struck in Dayton, Ohio, when an active shooter opened fire in the city's Oregon District killing nine people and injuring dozens more. This devastating event comes just months after the city and surrounding communities were ravaged by 15 tornados on Memorial Day 2019.

In the week following the domestic terrorist attack, local organizers rallied to put together Dayton United: A Benefit for The Dayton Foundation featuring the singers of Bayside, Thursday. Saves The Day, I Am The Avalanche, The Movielife, and Dayton's own The 1984 Draft. The event takes place from 6pm EST to 11pm EST on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at the Dayton Masonic Live, 525 W. Riverview Avenue, Dayton, Ohio
Tickets are $15 and go on sale Sunday, August 11, at 6pm.

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This is what Joe Anderl from The 1984 Draft had to say about the event:

"From moment one, I knew I had to do something. The Oregon District has been instrumental in my evolution, and more than just place for us to grow as a band or musicians. It’s been the place we’ve celebrated with our families. It’s the place we’ve made a few regrets. It’s the place we’ve drowned our sorrows and celebrated our successes. It was one of the first places I took my son when he was born to buy a record and just get out of the house. It’s where my wife and I go on dates. It is part of my entire adult existence. The people who live and work in the Oregon are a part of our family.

"I just want to honor Dayton, represent who we are, and bring a little joy to our community in one of the few ways I can. I’m amazed at what Ricky [Terrell] has pulled off and thankful that so many talented and important musicians are giving so much to come do this. I’m also thankful that so many in the community are supporting this happening. I just wish this wasn’t the reason these artists had to come to town.

"Dayton and its residents are fighters. We’ve fought through the loss of major corporations, the opioid epidemic, tornados, and now this. We are still fighting, but I think there are still a lot of us who could really use some help. And if not some help, some joy. This community loves each other and this is just another example of what Dayton does: love hard."

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