Dayton, OH—Meet Dayton’s hottest new band, Street Limes, who are all University of Cincinnati students. With an alternative punk music style, Street Limes draws inspiration from the great artists of the ’90s and early 2000s while adding their own flavor of suburban punk.
Last Friday, the Limes were invited to perform at The Dublin Pub, Dayton Ohio’s famous Irish pub, as a tribute to the families and victims of the tragic Oregon District shooting that took place just a few doors down from the Pub.
The bands’ members—Michael Gantt (drums), Tom Kessler (guitar), Carl Jakubowski (guitar) and Nick Grismer (bass), are all students attending the University of Cincinnati, who provide a youthful spin on the oldies and millennial hits.
Dayton has certainly been hurting the past six months—from the KKK rally in May, then days later, twelve ferocious tornadoes destroying the lives of hundreds of Dayton residents, and now, the Ned Peppers shooting in the Oregon District. But, in times of mourning, nothing unites people more than the healing power of music.
“It’s the least we could do, and we want to do anything we can to help,” said Michael Gantt, the band’s drummer, and only member originally from Dayton, in an interview with Dayton’s WHIO7 News.
“The decision to give back was made almost immediately among us.”
Notable attendees included former Dayton Judge, Erik Blaine and his wife, Sasha, Sandra Brasington, the Western Ohio Regional Liaison to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Routsong Funeral Home & Cremation Services owner, Tommy Routsong, and Gregory Gantt, father to the band’s Michael Gantt and local attorney and Special Counsel to the Ohio Attorney General, David Yost.
The following night, singer and songwriter, Trevor Hall, performed at The Rose Music Center in Huber Heights, also collecting money from concert attendees to donate in full to the Fund, as well as Dayton native, John Legend, making a surprise appearance to the Oregon District on Sunday, performing for the community.
The Dublin Pub has always been front and center when it comes to showing love and support to the Dayton community, especially following these recent events.
The Street Limes donated all the funds collected that night to The Oregon District Tragedy Fund, following organizations such as Esther Price candy shop, which raised more than $85,000 Thursday, announcing that it would be donating 100% of its profits from online and in-store sales, and the Cincinnati Bengals which donated $75,000 to the Fund.
The Dublin Pub matched up to $5,000.00 of all funds collected Friday night. Proceeds from its on-going sale of #DaytonStrong t-shirts will also help support this cause.
The Street Limes are the finalist in 2019 Cincinnati’s 96 Rock WFTK FM neXt2rock competition, beating out 20 other bands to reach the finals. The group just released their latest single, “See Tomorrow,” last week, now available for streaming and download on Spotify, Apple Music, and all other music platforms.
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