No Loudoun Summer Music Fest this year
The Loudoun Summer Music Fest, an outdoor concert series that debuted at Belmont Country Club in 2004, will not host concerts in 2011.
The festival is a charity fundraising event of the Loudoun Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to youth enrichment programs in Loudoun. It has hosted concerts that were headlined by such names as Blues Traveler, Travis Tritt and Billy Currington.
“We are so sorry to disappoint our fans,” said Tracey Parent, organizer of the event, in a statement. “This has been a labor of love for seven seasons now. But the lack of sponsorship dollars in this economy, and the weather-related losses that we have had over the last three years, simply prohibit our mounting a 2011 season.”
Parent said the recession and the rain where major factors in shutting down the event. The end of the 2008 concert season was plagued by inclement weather and canceled three big shows at the outdoor venue, she said in the statement.
“We tried to bounce back in 2009 and had the same exact thing happen again. A new management company took over in 2010 and the weather and economy hurt them, too. You can’t swim against the current,” Parent said.
Parent said she hopes to relaunch the festival in the future and after the business model has been revised. She added that the venue may still host events this year, just not concerts.