This concert is to celebrate and support our good friend, Dean Adams, who is being faced with serious health issues. 100% of all proceeds from ticket sales after basic expenses go directly to Dean to help cover his health care expenses and to support him as he walks through this season of his life. Dean’s own words about this special night: “I would love to celebrate all the great talent, entertainment, fun and friends this musical community I call family has brought us all and especially me.” Come on out!”
3000 Connecticut Ave, NW right across the street from the Zoo
In late June we posted about a fundraiser to keep the Zoo Bar while owner Steve McKinney was undergoing cancer treatments. His life was celebrated at the bar on Saturday:
I put a call into the Zoo Bar who confirmed that Steve had passed but also shared the the good news that his daughter planned on keeping the bar open. Fans of the bar and music venue should stop by soon and show your support.
Thanks to a reader for passing on. Another reader writes via email with the Facebook event page for Chuck Brown Day:
“My neighbors are straight-up livid at the idea of 3k people coming to the hood, but I think it’s pretty cool, and a good chance for people to familiarize themselves with our part of town. Hopefully they don’t succeed in getting the event moved or canceled. I assume parking will be rough if that many people actually attend, though, so people should probably take transit if at all possible.”
“Echostage, the famed DC concert venue that delivers A-list artists like Tiesto, Calvin Harris and Lorde to Washingtonians, announced that their newest retro-inspired locale, Soundcheck, will open its doors to the public on August 12 at 1420 K St. NW.
The intimate 4,400 square foot venue, with its honeycomb-tiling and minimalist stage, will be a no-frills nod to the ’80s and ’90s club decades that defined an era. Although the design is old school, the electronics are certainly are not: like Echostage, Soundcheck will house a German-imported d&b audiotechnik Y-series sound system, state-of-the-art music technology that will attract high-caliber artists. Designers aim to mimic the acoustics of a recording studio in a nightclub setting by installing 4,000 square feet of cork hardwood floors and 4-inch-thick soundproof foam in its walls and ceiling.
“With Soundcheck, we’re interested in tapping into the atmosphere of early DC nightlife while still delivering what makes Echostage so popular: quality sound, outstanding artists, and an unparalleled sensory experience,” Soundcheck Managing Partner Antonis Karagounis says.
The nightclub will feature two bars, 14 tables and a dedicated dance floor. The team has installed two larger-than-life LED walls, perfect for displaying company logos for corporate events. Six LED TVs and three LED video projectors can be found throughout the venue. Bottle service tables are designed to look like oversized, modern, acrylic speakers. Over 85 lighting fixtures will illuminate the space with a nightly laser light show, while two jumbo disco balls will hang from the center of the dance floor. Club-goers looking for a more discreet, VIP experience can reserve the purple room, equipped with its own private bar.
To cater to DC’s diverse dance clientele, nightly events will change in theme, ranging from Glow’s signature EDM parties, to latin and hip-hop nights. Wednesday nights are set to feature the sounds of Steez Promo’s “Bass Nation.” Expect thumping bass music and artists like Kennedy Jones, Kayliox, Dirtyphonix and Kill The Noise. Glow’s unmatched credibility and heritage will be leveraged to bring one-of-a-kind experiences from the most popular DJs as well as up-and-coming artists. Glow Thursdays will continue to house both world-renowned and emerging artists in the electronic dance music scene ranging in style from house to trance and more. Confirmed artists for Glow Thursdays include Alvaro, Amine Edge & DANCE, Arty, Audien, Cedric Gervais, Dzeko & Torres, Fehrplay, Kryder, Kyau & Albert, MOTi, Orjan Nilsen, Paris Blohm, Stafford Brothers, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and more. Afterglow will showcase the underground, techno sound on Sunday nights and feature artists such as Alan Fitzpatrick, Carlo Lio, Loco Dice, Mark Knight, Nic Fanciulli, Paco Osuna, Paul Ritch and Pete Tong.”
Is the Fort Reno concert series coming back this summer? I haven’t been able to find any information on a 2015 lineup. It would be a bummer if it didn’t happen this year, especially after it was almost cancelled last year but saved by popular demand. Thanks!”
21 bands who want to play
folks eager to volunteer to make it happen
What we don’t have
a permit from National Park Service
money to make it happen
What we need
Last year’s change in procedure from the National Park Service and U.S. Park Police EMPTIED (and then some) our piggy bank.
NPS and USPP have informed me that once again we will have to pay for police presence. I shudder at having to write that because it makes the concert series appear like an unsafe environment – something it definitely is not. I had hoped that our peaceful series in 2014 would have changed minds, or that I could – but alas, here we are.
This all being said, please GIVE WHAT YOU CAN to help us have another summer of music in the park.
You can use our fiscal sponsor The Washington Peace Center’s PayPal and indicate that the donation is for the Fort Reno Concert Series.
“Wanted to give you a heads up about an event coming up on Tuesday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. with author/musician Jon Fine (Bitch Magnet, Don Caballero, Coptic Light) He’ll be presenting his new book, “Your Band Sucks: What I Saw at Indie Rock’s Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear)” at Busboys and Poets Brookland. Fine will be in conversation with Andrew Beaujon, senior editor at Washingtonian and author of Body Piercing Saved My Life.
Some info about the book below:
Fine’s memoir charts his enchantment, disillusion, and re-enchantment with the indie music scene in three dynamic stages. The former guitarist with Bitch Magnet, Coptic Light, and Don Caballero, Fine, now executive editor of Inc. magazine and the award-winning BusinessWeek Media Centric columnist, came to music as starry-eyed as any talented, rebellious rock wanna-be. Then the indie scene expanded, calcified, and Fine was kicked out of the band; but with the rise of the Internet, musicians have a more effective way not only to challenge the big labels, but to nurture fans—at last fulfilling the indie promise of the 1980s.