Dayton Jazz Festival canceled due to inclement weather; Residents react

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Sunday Jazz lovers were going to fill the Levitt Pavilion for the kick-off of the city of Dayton’s Summer Music Series — until severe weather hit.

The Dayton Jazz Festival was canceled by the city due to the threat of rain and strong storms.

It was canceled the last two years due to COVID-19.

In a social media post, the city said it looks forward to hosting the rest of the Summer Music Series events in the coming months.

But the weather didn’t stop everybody, some came to the Levitt Pavillion only to find it empty.

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“I just wanted to come out and see what it was about because I’ve heard a lot about it,” Kajuan Clifton of Dayton said.

Oscar Pittman was supposed to be the DJ for the festival. He was disappointed to hear it was a no-go.

“I’m just kind of mad because I think they should’ve gave it a little bit more of a chance because a lot of people planned for it,” Pittman said.

The summer music series will also continue with a Blues Festival in July, the Funk Festival in August and the Reggae Festival in September.