Dave Chappelle hosted a Fourth of July music festival with an all-star lineup including Eryka Badu, Questlove, Talib Kweli, and many more.
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Dave Chappelle hosted a music festival abiding by social distancing and health precautions. The festival took place Saturday night in Chappelle’s hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio.
The six-hour festival began with a stacked lineup of stand-up comedians. The line-up included sets from Michelle Wolf, Tiffany Haddish, Michael Che, and Dave Chappelle himself. The musicians that took part in the festivities included Eryka Badu, Common, and Talib Kweli. The Roots and The Tonight Show drummer Questlove spun an entire J. Dilla DJ set to accompany the night’s fireworks show.
Plenty of measures were put in place for the safety of the performers and 400-person audience. All of the night’s performers and participants tested for COVID-19 prior to attending the event. And all the audience members sat separately and wore face masks during the entire show. Chappelle is pioneering the safest way in order to get back to the familiar.
Plenty of videos from the Yellow Springs event have popped up on Instagram showing performers and audience members partying.
This is not the first event that Chappelle has hosted during the current pandemic. Last month, on June 6, Chappelle hosted a stand-up show in which he performed for a masked and socially-distanced audience. Part of the set is available on Netflix’s YouTube channel entitled 8:46. “8:46” refers to the amount of time that police officers had their knees on George Floyd’s neck. In the clip, Dave articulates his thoughts on the recent protests. What he thinks about police brutality. Finally he speaks on his role of celebrity in the movement in one of his most powerful performances yet.
You can watch 8:46 here: