Rob Lowe, Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West, Sinbad, Chris Rock, Michael Che, Michelle Wolf, Stevie Wonder, Jon Stewart and Chance the Rapper were among the celebrities spotted in the Dayton area in 2019.
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Best celebrity sightings in Dayton in 2019 

There were points in 2019 where it seemed you couldn’t swing a stick without hitting a celebrity. 

Here’s a brief rundown of some of the stars spotted among us in 2019. 

ROB LOWE

Rob Lowe is on record as liking burgers and pies from The Spot and pizza from Cassano’s and Marion’s. But as it turns out, the star also likes Dayton’s finer tastes. 

>> Rob Lowe spotted eating at more than one ‘spot’ during Dayton visit

The Dayton- and Oakwood-raised actor ate Asiago chicken Milanese at Roost Modern Italian, 524 E. 5th St. in Dayton’s Oregon District, following his June show at the Schuster Center.

Oh yeah, he also made it to The Spot, a Sidney eatery once owned by his grandfather, during the trip. 

>> RELATED: Mike Birbiglia rallies celebrities to help Dayton following tornadoes 

Money was collected before and after his one-man show at the Schuster, “Rob Lowe: Stories I only Tell My Friends: Live,” to support The Dayton Foundation’s Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund.

The fund was established in wake of the Memorial Day tornadoes that caused havoc throughout the Miami Valley. 

>> Rob Lowe came home to eat burgers and pie at The Spot

SINBAD

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Comedian Sinbad visited the distribution space set up in the parking lot of Arena Sports Bar following the Memorial Day tornadoes.

>> Sinbad on Dayton tornadoes: ‘Not just your prayers... send help’

“I know everybody thinks about it the first week. I know everybody thinks about it the second week, but if ya’ll could just keep Dayton in your prayers,” Sinbad said in a video captured by the Funk Center. “Not just your prayers ... Send help.” 

>> RELATED John Legend, Ben Stiller, Lin-Manuel Miranda other celebrities donate money to help Dayton following 15 tornadoes 

The comedian was in the Dayton area for shows at the Funny Bone in Beavercreek. 

CHRIS ROCK AND MICHAEL CHE

Chris Rock (left) and Michael Che (right) were among the celebrities on hand during the first night of Dave Chappelle's Juke Joint in a barn outside Yellow Springs. GETTY IMAGES
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Superstar comedians Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle, who lives near Yellow Springs, swapped stories about Prince  during the first of two Juke Joints on Saturday, April 20, at the barn at Whitehall Farms in the Tecumseh Land Trust. 

>> Chris Rock, Michael Che among stars with Chappelle during epic Prince-fueled ‘Juke Joint’ in Yellow Springs barn 

Other celebrities in attendance at the party included Saturday Night Live’s Michael Che, A Tribe Called Quest member Jarobi White, comedian Michelle Wolf, Dave (Trugoy the Dove) from De La Soul, Bobby Z from Prince’s the Revolution, jazz musician Robert Glasper, and David Banner, who did a freestyle rap through the audience.

Chappelle’s Juke Joint and his benefit show for WYSO 91.3 were the hottest tickets in town in 2019. 

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

T.I. AND AZIZ ANSARI

Speaking of Dave Chappelle’s Juke Joint, rapper T.I. and comedian Aziz Ansari were among the celebrities spotted during its second sold-out night, Sunday, April 21.

Hip-hop stars Talib Kweli of Black Star fame and Kardinal Offishall were also spotted Sunday, according to guests.

JOHN LEGEND 

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 Emmy-, Grammy-, Oscar- and Tony-winning singer, songwriter, actor and producer John Legend took the Oregon District shooting so personally that he headed there to show his support the week following the mass shooting.

>> John Legend makes surprise visit to Oregon District to show support in aftermath of shooting

 

The Springfield native told Bethany Ramsey and others at Puff Apothecary in Dayton’s Oregon District on Sunday, Aug. 11, how sad he was to be visiting the neighborhood to raise awareness about gun violence in wake of the Aug. 4 mass shooting there. 

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Following a shopping trip and a press conference, Legend  gave a mini-concert at Blind Bob’s Bar for survivors of the shooting and others who were impacted by it.

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

>> PHOTOS: John Legend visits the Oregon District to show support for the community

STEVIE WONDER, JON STEWART AND CHANCE THE RAPPER

Dave Chappelle hosted the Gem City Shine benefit concert in Dayton's Oregon District on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. Stevie Wonder, Chance the Rapper, Thundercat and Teyana Taylor were among the performers and there were also appearances made by Jon Stewart, Chris Rock, Fonzworth Bentley and more. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
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In the wake of the worst shooting in Ohio history, as many as 40,000 people descended on the Oregon District for the Gem City Shine hosted by Dave Chappelle. 

>> RELATED: Transcript of what Dave Chappelle said at Gem City Shine block party

PHOTOS: Gem City Shine brings stars, crowd of 20,000 together

The awe-inspiring street celebration honored victims of the mass shooting and featured performances by Stevie Wonder, Jon Stewart and Chance the Rapper.

A list of celebrities that includes Lin-Manuel Miranda‏, John Mulaney, John Legend, Ben Stiller, Nick Mangold, Jimmy Kimmel and Judd Apatow have joined the fight to feed local residents in the wake of the devastating Memorial Day tornadoes.

KANYE WEST AND KIM KARDASHIAN WEST

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian take their kids to explore Boonshoft.

In the hours before the Gem City Shine, Kanye WestKim Kardashian and their children held a Sunday service at RiverScape MetroPark in support of the victims and survivors of the mass shooting in the Oregon District.

>> 8-year-old tornado survivor lands spot right next to Kanye during service in Dayton

Tornado suvivor Ryleigh Manuel, 8, of Trotwood,  found herself singing and dancing right next to Kanye, during the service led by the rapper and business mogul.

The West family visited the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and were spotted at the Cheesecake Factory (twice!) at The Greene in Beavercreek.
>> Kanye West spotted in Dayton ahead of Oregon District block party

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