John Legend Played a Surprise Dayton Performance for Mass Shooting Victims’ Families

A week after the Dayton, Ohio shooting that left nine people dead and 27 injured, John Legend returned to Ohio to perform a surprise concert for the victims of the tragic event’s families.

Legend, who is originally from nearby Springfield, Ohio, held the intimate set at Blind Bob’s Bar on Sunday, where local staff gathered to hear him play. The Grammy-winning artist met with Mayor Nan Whaley in the Oregon District to show his support for the local businesses, as well as talk about gun reform.

Legend wrote on Instagram, “I just played a few songs to try to help bring comfort to some of the survivors of last week's tragedy in Dayton. My heart breaks for everyone who lost someone. I love how everyone rallies around one another during their time of grief. But our nation should not keep putting ourselves through these preventable traumas. Let's fix it together.”

He also shared some photos of his visit on Twitter, writing, “Today, I visited the Oregon District of Dayton, Ohio, and all stores are open for business. In light of last week's events, it is more important than ever for us to come together to support our local communities.”

In addition to Legend’s support, Lady Gaga revealed on Friday that she will be partnering and the Born This Way Foundation to “fully fund” classroom project needs for students in Dayton, as well as El Paso, Texas and Gilroy, California. “14 classrooms in Dayton, 125 classrooms in El Paso, and 23 classrooms in Gilroy will now have access to the support they need to inspire their students to work together and bring their dreams to life,” the singer announced on social media.


More In Real Talk