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St. Paul music fest 'River's Edge' scrapped this year, might return in 2014

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The River's Edge music festival that last summer drew The Dave Matthews Band in just its first year on Harriet Island in St. Paul isn't going to make a return engagement this year, but it might be back in 2014, promoters said on the event's website and Twitter:

More of an explanation was not immediately given.

Brad Meyer of St. Paul Parks and Recreation told KSTP he believes the concert promoter, Live Nation, canceled the 2013 concert because there wasn't a big enough draw of attendance regionally.

The two-day festival last June by many accounts was a success. There were no arrests, downtown businesses reported a boost and fans generally had positive reviews, the Pioneer Press reported. "I am so pleased, I can't stand it," said St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman at the time, the newspaper noted. "I don't think you could ask for much more from a first-year (event)."

In other festival news Tuesday, a group aims to bring back the Taste of Minnesota, which fell into bankruptcy in 2010.

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