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LouFest Organizer Withdraws Lawsuit Against Logic Systems

PLSN Staff • News • May 23, 2019

Promotional artwork touting LouFest 2018. The event was canceled Sept. 5.

ST. LOUIS – Listen Live Entertainment, which had filed suit against Logic Systems Lighting and Sound and its owner, Chip Self, in mid-February, withdrew its lawsuit on May 22, according to local reports.

The lawsuit, filed Feb. 15, had alleged that Self and Logic Systems had been partially responsible for the cancellation of the ninth annual LouFest music festival, which had been scheduled for Sept. 8-9, 2018, and sought damages of $8 million.

The music festival was founded by documentary filmmaker Brian Cohen in 2010. Cohen sold his interest in the annual event to Listen Live in 2016. The 2018 event was slated to feature Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Kacey Musgraves and Gary Clark Jr., along with regional and local acts.

On Aug. 30, Self announced that because Listen Live had missed an agreed-upon payment deadline and still owed Logic Systems money from previous events, the production company would not be supporting the 2018 LouFest event as planned. Listen Live then announced the 2018 festival’s cancellation on Sept. 5.

To recoup $17,000 in previous debt along with more than $55,000 in out-of-pocket costs related to the canceled LouFest event, Logic Systems sued Listen Live for breach of contract Nov. 7. That lawsuit is still pending, according to local reports, with a trial date set for Oct. 21.

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