Dayton United to promote community healing and raise funds through music, shopping, brunch and more

More than a hashtag, “Dayton Strong” has proven to be words that represent the passion of the Gem City.

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Following the mass shooting in the Oregon District that killed nine people on Sunday, Aug. 4, businesses, restaurants, individuals and organizations have found numerous ways to come together and support those impacted by the tragic event and the community as a whole.

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The shooting came on the heels of destruction from 15 tornadoes on Memorial Day. One person was killed by the storm and dozens more were injured. Homes were damaged and destroyed, and many were displaced. Rebuilding will be a lengthy process.

A group of organizations and businesses have "united" to make an impact. Ten High Productions, Venus Child Productions, Sound Valley, The Oregon District, Yellow Cab Tavern, partner organization Downtown Dayton, and countless others will present "Dayton United."

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The mission of “Dayton United: An End of Summer Healing Fest” is to bring Dayton together through a week of fundraising and community initiatives.

It’s a week of music, art and local business focused events from Tuesday, Aug. 27 through Tuesday, Sept. 2.

All events will benefit The Dayton Foundation's Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund and the Dayton Tornado Disaster Relief Fund.

💎Spend-a-thon and Music for The Oregon District

Time: 5 p.m.- 10 p.m. Tuesday, August 27

Location: The Oregon District

More info: Facebook 

While people shop at the many small, local, independent stores in the Oregon District on this weeknight event, music and art will fill every corner of the District.

“It’s the music community’s way of reclaiming this beloved space,” organizers wrote on the event’s Facebook page.

💎Benefit for The Dayton Foundation

Time: 6 p.m.- 11 p.m. Wednesday, August 28

Location: Dayton Masonic Live, 525 W. Riverview Ave., Dayton

Info: Facebook

Tickets are going fast for a night of live music featuring nationally recognized acts performing at the Dayton Masonic Center. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at

This intimate evening of music has confirmed performances by Anthony Raneri from Bayside, Vinnie Caruana from Official: The Movielife and I Am the Avalanche, Geoff Rickly from Thursday, Chris Conley from Saves The Day, Joe Anderl of The 1984 Draft and possibly others.

The music starts at 7:30 p.m.

💎Drawing Dayton Together- a Tattoo Pop-Up Parlor

Time: 3 p.m.- 11 p.m. Friday, August 30

Location: Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. 4th St., Dayton

More info: Facebook 

In Yellow Cab fashion, LIVE music will be going on all day as tattoo artists are onsite to help people remember those Dayton lost, as well as look forward to brighter Days ahead. There will also be local baked goods, food trucks and of course, cold drinks from Yellow Cab Tavern.

Entry is free and $50 Dayton tattoos will be given with all of the proceeds going to benefit The Dayton Foundation. Tattoo artists from Blue Byrd Tattoo, RocArt Tattoo and Cloak and Dagger Tattoo Studio will all be inking during the event.

💎Sound Valley Summer Music Fest

Time: 4 p.m.- 11:45 p.m. Saturday, August 31

Location: Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. 4th St., Dayton

More infoFacebook

Sound Valley Summer Music Fest is back this Labor Day, but this time it’s in Dayton Strong fashion. Some of Dayton’s most talented bands and performers will be in one space, with more than a dozen acts, food trucks and more.

Presale tickets will be available for $10 and entry at the gate is $15.

-The Nightbeast
-The New Old-Fashioned
-The 1984 Draft
-The Boxcar Suite
-DC King
-McGuff and the Dumpster Fires
-Salvadore Ross
-Better Anyway
-Amber Hargett Music
-The Typical Johnsons
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-Food Trucks:
Billie Gold Bubble Tea
Cupzilla-Korean BBQ

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

💎Brunch! A Food Truck Rally & Dayton Market

Time: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Sunday, September 1

Location: Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. 4th St., Dayton

More info: Facebook 

The monthly Brunch! Food Truck Rally is back at Yellow Cab but this month, all truck fees for the month will go toward The Dayton Foundation. There will also be a special Dayton Market with free spaces for vendors selling to benefit The Dayton Foundation.

The Brunch! Rally is free entry.

Participating Vendors:

-The Wicked Lobstah

-Chicky Chicky Waffle


-Billie Gold Bubble Tea

-Sweets on the Street

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

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