Downtown Dayton Revival plans shelved

I have sad news for area music lovers.

Plans for this year’s Downtown Dayton Revival have been shelved, but the music festival could return next year, organizers say.

Matt Luongo, president of the Downtown Revival LLC, told me Sunday night that the two-day event was suspended because it failed to meet its financial goals in 2012 - its inaugural year.

The good news, he said, is that everyone from volunteers to city officials involved in last year’s festival would like to do it again.

“Dayton proved it can hold a world class music festival,” Luongo said. “If you look at our public feedback (you’ll see) the people who were there were blown away.”

Last September the festival drew thousands of music fans and featured more than 30 bands and artists, including headliners John Legend and Train.

Luongo said he hopes to regroup, and is exploring the possibility of holding the festival again.

I went to last year’s festival and had a great time.

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