Pictured left to right and top to bottom: Bradley Cooper, Chris Rock, John Legend, Jill Scott (center), Kanye West, John Mayer and Lady Gaga.
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Who we thought was coming to Dave Chappelle’s Gem City Shine and who actually came

Kim and Kanye, Bradley, Gaga...? The rumors were swirling, but here’s who Chappelle brought to town to honor Oregon District shooting victims.

** UPDATED (Aug. 25, 2019): Who actually has been spotted in Dayton?

Gem City Shine was hosted by Yellow Springs area resident comedian Dave Chappelle.

>> LIVE UPDATES: Gem City Shine brings the stars to town to honor the fallen

Stevie Wonder, Chance the Rapper, Talib Kweli, Teyana Taylor, Thundercat also performed Sunday. Jon Stewart addressed the crowd. Saturday Night Live’s Michael Che also was seen at the event.

>> PHOTOS: Gem City Shine performers take the stage in the Oregon District

Earlier in the day, Chappelle joined Grammy-winning performer Kanye West for a Sunday Service at RiverScape. West and wife Kim Kardashian and children were spotted in Dayton at locations including the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery.

>> PHOTOS: Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and family spotted in Dayton

>> Kanye West Sunday Service draws large crowd at RiverScape

>> PHOTOS: Kanye West’s Sunday services in Dayton

>> Legendary singer spotted doing soundcheck in Oregon District

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One question has been on the minds of Daytonians since officials confirmed he would host a block party Sunday in Dayton’s Oregon District. 

Who is Dave bringing to the party? 

>> RELATED: What to know about Dave Chappelle’s free, massive Oregon District Block Party

Truth be told, we don’t know either. 

The names of national performers set to lend their talents to “Gem City Shine,” hosted by Dave Chappelle from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. this Sunday, Aug. 25, has been kept secret. 

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The security measurements in place and the fact that Live Nation, a global entertainment company that includes Ticketmaster, is involved fuels the thought that some real heavy hitters could be involved. 

The benefit comes in the wake of the mass shootings in the Oregon District that left nine people — Logan Turner, Nicholas Cumer, Thomas McNichols, Beatrice Warren-CurtisMonica BrickhouseMegan Betts, Derrick Fudge, Lois Oglesby and Saeed Saleh — dead and many in the community traumatized and heartbroken.

Although the block party is free, tickets are required for entry.

The bash is billed as “a benefit concert to reclaim the Oregon District.”


We’ve heard the same rumors that you have about who might be performing and decided to take our best guess as to who will appear at the benefit. 

Below are our predictions of who Chappelle might bring to Dayton for the festival. 


We’ll find out how many we got right in just a few days. 


NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 28: Lady Gaga speaks onstage during Pride Live's 2019 Stonewall Day on June 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Pride Live)
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Not only is the superstar attached to Chappelle through their work on their Oscar-winning movie “A Star is Born,” but Gaga now has an attachment to Dayton. 

>> RELATED: Bradley Cooper in town for private screening of ‘A Star is Born’ with his friend Dave Chappelle

The “Paparazzi” singer recently announced her Born This Way Foundation would fully fund classroom projects for Dayton, El Paso, Texas, and Gilroy, Calif., that were listed on a crowdfunding website called Donors Choose. Like Dayton, El Paso and Gilroy were sites of mass shootings in an eight-day span.

>> RELATED: Lady Gaga funds local teacher projects in wake of shooting


HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 24: Bradley Cooper attends the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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While we are on the subject of a “A Star is Born,” we might as well mention Cooper, who directed the movie and co-starred in the film with Chappelle and Gaga. 


Cooper traveled to Yellow Springs twice to convince Chappelle to take this role.

One of those trips was to Chappelle’s famous Juke Joint barn party in 2016, which Cooper said inspired a wedding scene in the film.

>>RELATED: Wondering why Bradley Cooper was in Yellow Springs? Mystery solved?!?

Chappelle recently told Vulture that he agreed to be in “A Star is Born” after Cooper hounded him. 

April 21, 2017, Atlanta - Talib Kweli performs during the SweetWater 420 Fest at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday, April 21, 2017. (DAVID BARNES / DAVID.BARNES@AJC.COM)
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The hip-hop star has been to a few of Chappelle’s Juke Joints at Whitehall Farms in the Tecumseh Land Trust. 

Rapper and DJ D-Nice and Frederic Yonnet, Prince’s former harmonica player, are also Juke Joint regulars. 


That said, the Yellow Springs bashes have attracted a long list of celebrities that includes rappers Q-Tip and T.I., CBS News' Gayle King, model/actress Naomi Campbell, comedian Donnell Rawlings, A Tribe Called Quest member Jarobi WhiteDave (Trugoy the Dove) from De La Soul, actress Megalyn Echikunwoke, Bobby Z from Prince’s Revolution and magician David Blaine. 

Black Star,  Mos Def and Talib Kweli closed out Chappelle’s recent charity show for WYSO at the Schuster Center. 

>> RELATED: Dave Chappelle to Dayton audience: ‘You guys are the secret of my success’


NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: Chris Rock performs during the the Movement Voter Project comedy benefit at The Bell House on October 24, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Movement Voter Project)
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Comedian Michelle Wolf opened Chappelle’s WYSO benefit and was at his Juke Joint in Yellow Springs last April. 

Chris Rock, Micheal Che and Aziz Ansari are among the celebrities spotted during the two nights. 

Amy Schumer was there in 2018. 

>> Amy Schumer among celebrities spotted in Yellow Springs for Dave Chappelle’s Juke Joint


NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 25: John Mayer performs at Madison Square Garden on July 25, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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The comedian and the singer are friends and kept fans laughing last year with their music/comedy duo show Controlled Danger.


NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 01: Singer Jill Scott performs onstage at the 2017 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca Cola at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on July 1, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for 2017 ESSENCE Festival)
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Both singers have spent time in Yellow Springs. 

Chappelle brought Badu to the village  for African-American Cross Cultural Works Blues, Jazz & Culture Fest in 2006. 

She was spotted shopping around the town. 

"Hi, I'm Dave Chappelle. I used to be cable's hottest star and now I'm just a Yellow Springs guy," Chappelle said at the show, according to the Dayton Daily News archives. "Turns out you don't need $50 million to live around these parts, just a nice smile and a kind way about you. You guys are the best neighbors ever. … That's why I came back and that's why I'm staying."

Jill Scott commanded the stage at the 2018 Juke Joint. 

She, Badu, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Dead Prez, the Fugees, The Roots and the Central State University Marching Band were featured in 2005’s “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party.”


NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 02: Kanye West attends the the Versace fall 2019 fashion show at the American Stock Exchange Building in lower Manhattan on December 02, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
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Kanye West was featured in the “Block Party” movie.  

Chappelle has been critical of some of the things West has said in support of President Donald Trump, but has said he considers West a brother. 

>> RELATED: Chappelle, West among guests at Chance the Rapper’s wedding 

If Kanye comes, we are betting his wife Kim Kardashian would too. 


John Legend made a surprise visit to the Oregon District Sunday evening with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley to show support in the aftermath of the mass shooting Sunday, Aug. 4. He stopped by a number of stores to shop including Heart Mercantile, Brim on Fifth, Puff Apothecary and Beck + Call. AMELIA ROBINSON / STAFF
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The Springfield native and “All of Me” singer gave a surprise performance at Blind Bob’s in the Oregon District on Sunday, Aug. 11. 

But who knows, he might do it again for a larger audience. 

>> Here’s what happened at John Legend’s special show at Blind Bob’s

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 15: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop.) John Legend attends the Quay x Chrissy Teigen launch event at The London West Hollywood on August 15, 2019 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Quay Australia)
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