Dave Chappelle, the Dayton area’s resident superstar, opened a star-studded barn party revealing the answer to a question he gets all the time...
“Why not Ohio?” Chappelle said shortly after joking that the Ohio River was often the first thing escaped slaves saw as they made a trek north to freedom.
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Sunday was the first of two “Juke Joint” parties Chappelle is throwing in a barn in Yellow Springs.
“This is a barn. This is the middle of nowhere,” he said during the show on Whitehall Farms in the Tecumseh Land Trust.
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He later added that “tonight we take off our cool” and it didn’t matter who people thought they were.
Tickets went on sale on Thursday, May 24, 2018 for two nights of Dave Chappelle’s Juke Joint in Yellow Springs featuring D-Nice and Fred Yonnet and The Band With No Name.
Comedian Dave Chappelle gets close to fans while hosting a special concert of the 2006 African American Cross Cultural Works Blues, Jazz & Culture Fest Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006, in Yellow Springs, Ohio. (AP Photo/Dayton Daily News, Chris Stewart)
Both nights of the cellphone-free parties sold out within 15 minutes.
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The second party begins tonight at 8 p.m.
Chappelle, a Yellow Springs area resident, wore a Cleveland Cavaliers cap for part of the night . He praised the people from his adopted state during the all-night bash filled with live and DJ-ed Hip Hop, Blues, R&B, funk and rock music.
Fans with VIP and general admission tickets were granted access to the barn. Those with the lesser priced barn yard could watch it on a screen set up outside. There were food trucks and beer stations.
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WHICH STARS WHERE THERE
“Why not Ohio?” became a battle call repeated through a night that featured performances from a list of celebrities that included Jill Scott, Jarobi White of A Tribe Called Quest, Doug E. Fresh and Martin Luther McCoy.
McCoy is best known from the motion picture “Across the Universe.”
Chappelle called Hannibal Buress to the stage, but the comedian influential to the #MeToo Movement apparently was no longer in the barn.
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Chappelle said he was grateful to raise his children here and to be a part of the community. He referred to recent suicides in Yellow Springs and urged those in need to reach out for help.
The star made famous by “Chappelle’s Show” said his celebrity friends where there for love and not money.
Scott owned the stage. She improvised one entire song on the spot.
Dressed in a Nirvana T-shirt, Chappelle crowd surfed as the crowd and musicians performed a song from the band.
The comedian served as hype man and did a good amount of singing himself.
Towards the end of the night, Chappelle led the crowd in singing Radiohead’s “Creep” and Roberta Flake’s “Killing me Softly with his Song.”
Chappelle had his first Juke Joint in Yellow Springs in 2015. He has since had similar bashes all around the country.
At the 2016 Juke Joint at the barn, local residents danced the house down with a list of celebs that included rappers, Talib Kweli and Q-Tip, CBS News' Gayle King, actor Bradley Cooper, model/actress Naomi Campbell, comedian Donnell Rawlings and magician David Blaine.