If you stay home today, and don’t come out to see:18 bands on three stages downtown for $44 (new one day pass rate) you:
- Don’t love music
- Don’t know a great deal when you see one
- Can’t ever complain that there’s nothing to do in Dayton ever again.
The Dayton Revival  is here.
I spent most of yesterday checking out bands I’d never seen before and having an awesome time. And the band I loved the most- “Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk ” – which rocked my world. I think their drummer, Nikki Glaspie, may be one of the best rock and roll drummers I’ve ever seen- like a metronome with a kick like Chuck Norris and the moves of James Brown. I could have listened to them all day- and before this festival- I’d never heard of them.
Today you can hear:
- Train 
- Rusted Root 
- Heartless Bastards 
- Mat Kearney 
- Red Wanting Blue 
- The Ohio Players 
- Robert Randolph & the Family Band 
- Buffalo Killers 
- Good English 
- The Cliftones 
- Andy Grammer 
- Tony Lucca 
- Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers 
- Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe 
- Brent James and the Contraband 
- Bad Sines 
- Lauren Eylise 
- Green Light Morning 
I’ve wanted to see the Ohio Players since they were topping the charts when I was in High School- but, I also remember using Shazam to find out I really liked Karl Denson- and I’ve also heard that Heartless Bastards are amazing (but I’ve got my kids football game to see- so I’m missing it).
All of this wonderfullness didn’t come from the Downtown Dayton Partnership who is doing Urban Nights next Friday night – for my 50th birthday, or from the Dayton Development Coalition or Cityfolk (which has spoiled us for years with their festival which runs three days and was free or with a suggested $5 donation). It’s all because one crazy guy, Matt Luongo had the crazy idea that just because Austin has SXSW- Dayton can’t have something like it. He’s done an amazing job- and, unless a lot of you jump on that recently announced one-day $44 pass, he’s probably going to lose money. If you want to see this return- time to whip out the cash. As to the people who say that the $75 2-day pass was too expensive- it works out to about $2 a band- and some of them, like last nights headliner- John Legend, would easily cost you more than $45 just to see him- so quit yer bitchen. The weather is perfect- and the parking is easy and free in multiple garages downtown as well as at any parking meter.
Please support Matt and our city- come on down for a good time. Advice: bring sunscreen, a folding chair, water bottles. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a jacket for later because it will get cool, wear a hat, be prepared for a great time.