Luongo, 36, a Dayton native and University of Dayton graduate who previously worked in the development department for UD and for the Dayton Development Coalition, said the festival has national ambitions.
It was inspired by City Stages, a festival in Birmingham, Ala., where he lived before moving back to Dayton in 2004.
“By 2002 and ‘03, there were 13 stages, 250 acts and 250,000 people attending. Birmingham is like Dayton. It’s an old steel town that hit the skids but is coming back,” he said.
The goal is to put Dayton on the map “with music from Grammy winners to local talent and everything in between.”
Confirmed acts also include Heartless Bastards, Mat Kearney, Andy Grammer, Kristy Lee, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Motel Beds and Bronze Radio Return.
Others are being signed. Sponsors and vendors are also being sought.
Luongo, who said he is “just a guy with a lot of enthusiasm for music and how it can bring everyone together,” started planning the Dayton Revival Music Festival four years ago.
“We have the official blessing of the city of Dayton, Montgomery County and the Downtown Dayton Partnership,” he said.
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