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Fort Reno Concerts May Happen After All. Here’s Who’s Supposed to Play.

Photograph by Flickr user Robinson Meyer.

The summer concert series at Tenleytown’s Fort Reno Park will apparently happen this year, according to emails organizer Amanda MacKaye sent to the selected musicians Thursday night. Although it is still uncertain if the National Park Service fees required to stage the concerts have been paid, the tone of MacKaye’s emails suggest the shows will—after another tense week of uncertainty—go on.

While Fort Reno’s website still displays MacKaye’s message from earlier this week, in which she made a last-ditch plea for donations, she sent an email Friday morning to 20 acts booked to play this summer, informing them they can start publicizing their concert dates. (The website mentions 21 bands.)

“[In] my desire to get the confirmation letters out yesterday, [I] neglected to make it clear that you are welcome to start spreading the word about your show,” MacKaye writes in the mass email.

The specific dates and lineups, however, were conveyed in individual correspondence between MacKaye and the musicians.

Still, the group email gives us a near-complete lineup for this summer:

  • Alfajor
  • Boon
  • Delanos
  • East West HWY
  • The Fuss
  • Hemlines
  • Incredible Change
  • J. Flax and the Heart Attacks
  • Jack on Fire
  • Magnetar Flares
  • Near Northeast
  • Notaries Public
  • Polyon
  • Proxy States
  • Rancho Notorious
  • Sara Curtin
  • Spirit Plots
  • Teen Liver
  • Two Inch Astronaut
  • Wanted Man


So far, only Jack on Fire and Polyon have announced the date of their show, July 27, which will be the final night of this summer’s series.

One more thing: While the Fort Reno website mentions 21 bands, the list above includes only 20 names. If you’re the missing 21st, feel free to email bfreed@washingtonian.com.

UPDATE, 3:50 PM: In an update to the Fort Reno website, MacKaye writes that she received enough donations to stage this year’s concert series. “We have been gifted enough funds to close the gap for this summer’s session and to seed us a fund for the future,” she writes.

The schedule itself has still not materialized.

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