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Black Star’s Talib Kweli Joins Line-up for WYSO Benefit

WYSO, community-owned public radio station serving Southwest Ohio is honored to be a part of benefit concert bringing unique musical performances to the Dayton area Friday, July 22nd at 7pm!

Local venue, The Brightside will host national artists including Talib Kweli, Cloud Nothings, local DJ Fatty Lumpkin and Brooklyn-based indie rock band Monograms. The benefit — the first in what is slated to be an annual event called Sonic Springs supporting the Dayton music scene — is being curated and produced by Eric Mahoney, Dayton native and Brooklyn-based filmmaker.

Talib Kweli earned recognition early in his career in collaboration with Mos Def, now known as Yasiin Bey, when they formed the group Black Star in 1997. This May, Black Star is releasing their highly anticipated second album after nearly 24 years. Kweli has also collaborated with high-profile producers and rappers including Kanye West, Just Blaze, and Pharell Williams. His most recent album Gotham, was released in 2020.

All proceeds above operating costs will be donated to WYSO, based out of Yellow Springs. Since its inception in 1958, the mission of WYSO has been to serve the Miami Valley and beyond with trusted journalism and artistic inspiration that improves lives and builds community.

 Tickets can be acquired HERE.

As the station approaches a major growth opportunity with the move into a new space in 2023, the funds raised from the benefit will go towards outfitting the station’s new home and performance spaces.

With a unique offering in both music, news, and community-generated storytelling, WYSO Public Radio maintains high standards for their pursuits across pathways. From community investigative reporting that is accountable and trustworthy to music programming that reflects the diversity of their listenership, WYSO strives to be a space for inspiration and innovation.

For more information about WYSO Public Radio and discover first-hand the work of WYSO’s team of reporters, music team, and the Eichelberger Center for Community Voices visit www.wyso.org or tune into 91.3FM.