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The Main Event: An Exclusive Preview Celebration of the New Main Library

Thank you for your support of the Dayton Metro Library Foundation through The Main Event! We have sold out.  To be placed on the wait list, please call the Foundation at 937.496.8516.

From silk aerialists and fire dancers to big band swing and poetry in motion, THE MAIN EVENT will be an evening unlike any other! The new Main Library will overflow with music, dancing, live art creation and unique experiences at every turn, all to benefit The Dayton Metro Library Foundation.

“Our community will not see an event like this again anytime soon,” said Rodney Veal, Co-Chair of Team 17, the volunteer committee planning THE MAIN EVENT. “It’s going to blow your mind! This is NOT what people expect to see in their Library.”

logoTHE MAIN EVENT takes place Saturday, April 22, 7:00-11:30 p.m. at the not-yet-open Main Library, 215 E. Third Street, which has been undergoing extensive renovation and expansion since September of 2015.  

“This is a one-night-only opportunity to explore the possibilities of the beautiful new Main Library, weeks before it opens for service to the public,” said Michelle Kaye, Team 17 Co-Chair. “Partygoers can take to the dance floor for salsa or swing, enjoy delicious food and drink, meet the artists whose work will be featured in the new Library, try their hand at creative experiences and basically have a great time!”

In addition to live entertainment, the evening includes complementary valet parking, chef-created cuisine, full open bars, and a live auction of art and literary packages. All-inclusive tickets are $150 each, available for purchase online.

“Pulling back the curtain on the new Main Library was an opportunity we didn’t want to miss,” said Veal. “As this incredible new building was taking shape, the Dayton Metro Library Foundation recognized an opportunity to host a singular, amazing evening of celebration in Dayton. THE MAIN EVENT is it!”

THE MAIN EVENT is presented by PNC. Sponsors are Shook Construction, LWC Incorporated, HORAN, Upward Brand Interactions, SKANSKA, ATCS, CareSource, Sinclair College, Wright-Patt Credit Union, WDTN/Dayton CW, Progressive Printers, Inc., Heidelberg Distributing Company, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, Taft Law, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, Digital Fringe, The Flower Shoppe, Dayton Magazine, G4S Security, and Discover Classical 88.1 & 89.9, as well as dozens of community partners helping to make The Main Event a success.

For more information you can visit the THE MAIN EVENT site where you can purchase tickets online or call the Dayton Metro Library Foundation at 937.496.8516.


The Art of Word in Motion
Poet, producer and writer Sierra Leone is joined by fellow poets Tripp Fontane, Naki Akrobettoe, and Nathan Tipton, vocalist Destiny Donelson and ballet dancer Alexis Britford for a blend of words and movement. WSU Distinguished Alumnae Sierra Leone is Artistic Director of The Signature, and will perform an original work to commemorate the Library’s transformation.

Michigan native Benjamin J S Rivet has called Dayton home since arriving in 2004 to study music and entrepreneurship at U.D. His career as a multi-medium producer, performer and writer has resulted in steady national touring, independently published music and self-produced media campaigns for creative and commercial endeavors. Performing under his moniker BJSR, he weaves intricate guitar, looped beatboxing and layered vocals into a seamless expression of rhythmic emotion.

Black Box Improv Theater
Founder Justin Howard started The Black Box in 2012 and has been pushing the boundaries of Improv ever since.  A multi-time performer at TEDxDayton and skilled professional coach, Justin is sure to spark hilarity for The Main Event attendees.

Buch TV Guy
For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has covered local business, nonprofit, education and family events across the Miami Valley as TV pitchman, radio fill-in host, emcee and ambassador for the region. At The Main Event, Buch will have guests exploring their inner actor in the Green Screen Room! If anyone brings the silliness and fun, it’s Buch – a true “Dayton Original” (he even won an award that says so).

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company  
The Bessie Award-winning DCDC is the oldest modern dance company in Ohio. It is one of just a handful of performing arts organizations of international reputation, not based in a major metropolitan area. DCDC serves as a cultural ambassador for Dayton, the Miami Valley and the state of Ohio. Each year the company reaches approximately 30,000 people through performances and education programming.

Femme Fatale Silk Aerialists and Dancers
Femme Fatale Fitness, led by Ringleader Champagne Shock (Cassie Guard), is Dayton's premier pole, aerial, and dance studio exclusively for women. All fitness levels and backgrounds are encouraged to explore exciting new sides of themselves in a judgement-free environment.

The Bob Gray Orchestra   
The versatile 10-piece Bob Gray Orchestra plays both the big band "swing sound" including waltzes, cha-chas, and rhumbas, as well as rock. The musicians are top-caliber players who perform in musical organizations ranging from the Dayton Philharmonic and Springfield Symphony to local big bands, lounge groups, and combos.

Keigo Hirakawa Trio
This hard hitting, hard swinging jazz trio of piano (Kirakawa), bass (Eddie Brookshire) and drums (Fenton Sparks) reaches the highest level of improvisational artistry. Tonight the trio is joined by saxophonist JD Allen.

Steffin Johnson  
Dayton’s own Steffin Johnson is an alumnus of Stivers School for the Arts and Wright State University. A classical pianist, he is the recipient of the Irene Romanowski Piano Award, Robert Stofer Award, 1st and 2nd prizes at OMTA State Piano Competition and was a speaker/performer at the inaugural TEDx Dayton. He is currently studying with Andre Watts at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

Sierra Leone - Poetry in Motion
Sierra Leone is President of Tripple Croxx Entertainment and is Artistic Lead of Signature Educational Solutions. She is the Artistic Director of The Signature: A Poetic Medley Show, an urban creative arts production. She is a College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumnae of Wright State University. She has been a TEDx Dayton presenter and was featured on The Art Show.

The Mural Machine
Tiffany Allyn Clark and Christopher “Etch” Weyrich have been making art together as The Mural Machine since 2015. They have worked with groups including Stivers School for the Arts, East End Community Center, the City of Dayton and numerous small businesses across the region. They have created over 35 public and residential murals to date.

DJ Radio Basim
Friday nights from 10 to midnight, WYSO 91.3 FM puts Funk music front and center with “Behind the Groove.” Host Basim Blunt turns a mix of retro funk 45s, B-sides and Neo-Funk into two hours of head nodding, booty shaking fun! Basim joined WYSO as a member of the 2012 Community Voices program. His work earned a “New Voices” Scholar award by (AIR) Association of Independents in Radio.

Jackson Riffle
Jackson Riffle is a senior at Newton High School where he is involved in music and athletics. Over the course of high school, Jackson has performed across the country as a percussionist in Ohio, Texas, and Washington D.C. Jackson strives to make music a big part of his life and plans to be involved in music for the rest of his life.

Son Del Caribe
The Cincinnati-based Latin music ensemble Son Del Caribe is widely acknowledged by dancers and listeners alike as the top salsa band in Ohio. The band's exciting, energetic, eclectic sound includes salsa and other styles of Latin dance music. Led by versatile trombonist Jaime Morales, a top salsa musician from Puerto Rico who has played alongside such Latin music legends as Eddie Santiago and Gilberto Santa Rosa, Son Del Caribe performs regularly throughout the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana tri-state area.

Soul Fire Tribe  
Soul Fire Tribe from Yellow Springs, Ohio heats up the night with multi-disciplinary dance forms including belly dance, ballet, modern dance and African dance – all combined with the element of fire! 

WYSO Community Voices
In 2011, WYSO Public Radio launched a training program to teach listeners how to produce radio stories; Community Voices is all about getting local voices on the air. Projects including Dayton Youth Radio, Veterans Voices, and Women’s Voices from Dayton Correctional Institution. At The Main Event, guests are invited to share treasured Library memories and stories to be recorded and preserved.

Zoot Theatre Company
Zoot is a forward-thinking theatrical design company specializing in puppets and masks. Since its founding in 2006, Zoot has prided itself on its ability to blend the visual and performing arts, using the stage as its gallery. ZTC enjoys a number of partnerships with high schools, colleges, and cultural arts organizations such as The Muse Machine, Central State University, the University of Dayton, The Dayton Art Institute, The Human Race Theatre Company and many other schools and organizations throughout the region.

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