Who better to do Dayton than Dayton?
Local hip-hop artist Kevin Carter is organizing the For Dayton By Dayton concert from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at RiverScape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave. in downtown Dayton.
The free, family-friendly Dayton hip-hop music celebration hosted by Shaun “Supreme” Wilson features Carter (K. Carter) and performances by Tino, Reborn, E-man Jones, Seth Gilliam and The Fake News, Flam, Leroy Bean, Atlas, Jeremiah Lewis and R.U.D.E and DJ Cuest, all local artists.
There will be a live podcast by The Open Gem Podcast. There will be food trucks.
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Here is what he told us about the show and Dayton:
What do you do and how did you get involved in it?
I am Cyber Security Subject Matter Expert and Instructor, and I am also a hip-hop artist. I graduated from Wright State University with a bachelor’s in computer science and I kind of just fell into cyber security. As for my music, I have been doing hip-hop music since a kid but didn't really take it seriously until I had graduated from college.
Why are you doing For Dayton by Dayton and what do you hope it accomplishes?
I am doing this concert because I want to give a wider audience the chance to hear my music. But even deeper than that, I want my friends who are the other artists to have a platform to display their talents as well. I want to this concert to show the downtown Dayton community that hip-hop music can be a positive entity in this community. We can have good positive shows at your place of business if giving the opportunity, and we do know how to conduct ourselves in a positive and professional manner.
What makes For Dayton by Dayton special?
The answer is in the title. This concert is for the city of Dayton by the city of Dayton. I see this concert as being the city’s own personal house party.
What superpower would you love to have?
Read people's minds.
What would you do on a perfect date in Dayton?
My perfect date would be to grab some pizza at Wheat Penny, go to The Black Box Improv Theater, then walk across the street and have a drink at The Barrel House.
What inspires you about Dayton?
Dayton's growing thirst for creativity, individuality and knowledge.
What is your favorite hidden gem in Dayton?
The Black Box Improv Theater. It is a great place to go and enjoy comedy with all performers living in Dayton.
If you could change or bring one thing to Dayton, what would it be?
I would want to see more businesses started and stationed in west Dayton: grocery stores, restaurants, markets, etc.