**UPDATED (5:30 p.m. April 23, 2019): The first wave of tickets to see comedian Dave Chappelle perform at the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton at 8 p.m. June 12 have all been claimed as part of a donation drive for WYSO 91.3 FM, the radio station told this news organization via email.
A second group of tickets will go on sale to the public starting at 10 a.m. May 10. Those tickets will be sold to the public via Victoria Theatre Association’s Ticket Center Stage.
** ORIGINAL REPORT (6 a.m. April 23, 2019):
Comedian Dave Chappelle is giving his first major Dayton performance in years and a local nonprofit working towards independence will benefit.
The internationally-known, near Yellow Springs resident will perform at the Shuster Center, 1 West Second St. in downtown Dayton, 8 p.m. Wednesday June 12, Luke Dennis, WYSO 91.3’s development director, told this news organization.
The fundraiser for WYSO will mark Chappelle first show at the Schuster Center since he performed there in 2004, Dennis said.
WHY DOES THE STATION NEED MONEY?
Proceeds will benefit the NPR affiliate as it transitions into an independent radio station.
The station’s newly formed nonprofit organization took control of WYSO from Antioch College for $3.5 million on April 1 after a fundraising drive lead by a donation from Charles Berry, an heir of the Berry family that founded the Yellow Pages.
The Yellow Spring’s based nonprofit is still awaiting final approval from the Federal Communications Commission for the license transfer.
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WYSO officials met with Chappelle and his wife, Elaine, a few weeks ago as part of their efforts to secure funds for the transition.
“He immediately said ‘what I want to is do is a performance for you and you can keep all the money. You can use it anyway you see fit,” Dennis said.
HOW TO GET TICKETS
“The whole idea is to have a big infusion of money to help get us through the first months of independence,” Dennis said.
Those seeking tickets can call WYSO’s membership drive line, 1-800-801-9976 or donate directly at the station’s website, WYSO.org.
Dennis said extra volunteers are on hand to field calls, but it will likely be easier to secure tickets on the station’s website which is supported by NPR.
“We know phones are going to be jammed up,” he said.
More than half of the tickets for the show at the 2,400 seat venue will be sold through WYSO at the $365 donation level.
The second batch of tickets will be sold to the public via Victoria Theatre Association’s Ticket Center Stage beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, May 10.
Dennis declined to reveal the price of those ticket at this time, but said they will cost less than the donation amount required for the two VIP ticket package.
“It is in line with what we’ve done in the past,” Dennis said. “We really wanted to make sure people felt that they could go.”
Only two tickets will be given out per transaction now or when tickets go on sale to the general public on May 10.
Dennis said the decision to limit tickets will hopefully cut down the likelihood of ticket scalper scams.
HOW MUCH DOES WYSO EXPECT TO EARN?
DJ Trauma, who performed at Dave Chappelle sold-out juke joint nights last weekend in Yellow Springs, is set to open the show.
Celebrities spotted at the Dave Chappelle’s Juke Joint dance party nights include Chris Rock, who led a sing-a-along with Chappelle, actor Aziz Ansari, A Tribe Called Quest member Jarobi White, Dave (Trugoy the Dove) from De La Soul, rapper T.I., actress Megalyn Echikunwoke, Bobby Z from Prince’s Revolution, Saturday Night Live’s Michael Che, jazz musician Robert Glasper, comedian Michelle Wolfand rapper David Banner.
Dennis said there may be a special guest at Chappelle’s Dayton comedy show benefiting WYSO.
Because Chappelle is donating his time, Dennis said expenses are expected to be relatively low.
The radio station expects to raise about $300,000.
The donation of Chappelle’s time will actually work out better than if Chappelle donated money directly to the station, Dennis said.
“This is going to be a packed house of WYSO people and it is going to be a fun night,” he said.
Dennis said Chappelle, his management team an Live Nation have been great to work with on this fundraiser.
“How many public radio stations can say Dave Chappelle is a listener and he supports us too,” Dennis said, noting that the star listens to the station even while out of the region. “Thank God this happened so quickly.”