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“Dear PoPville,

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!”

From Fort Reno’s concert series website:

“What we’ve got

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.

Donate Here

625 Monroe Street, NE

From an email:

“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.

*This event is free and open to the public*”

OITO Promo
Photo courtesy Washington National Opera

From a press release:

“Washington National Opera (WNO) celebrates its seventh season of free opera simulcasts at Nationals Park with title sponsor Mars Chocolate North America for the M&M’S® Opera in the Outfield performance of Rossini’s charming romantic comedy Cinderella on Saturday, May 16, 2015. This dazzling production has been acclaimed worldwide for its witty characterizations, rainbow-bright sets and costumes, and easy-to-follow English translation, making it a perfect opera for the entire family. Gates open at 5 p.m. for “pre-ball” activities, and the opera will be broadcast live from the Kennedy Center Opera House to the high-definition NatsHD scoreboard at the ballpark at 7 p.m. Free seating will be available in the stands, while access to the outfield grass will be limited on a first-come, first-served basis when gates open at 5 p.m. More information, including a chance to RSVP to win prizes, is available at

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy the festive ballpark atmosphere. Beginning at 5 p.m., the special pre-show entertainment will include: (more…)

Help them take a trip to Virginia by supporting them here. Thanks to a reader for passing on:

“My name is James Perry and I am the director of Bands at Eastern Sr. High School in Washinton, DC. Let me be short and quick to the point, as a marching band we practice more than we could ever perform during a school year. In knowing, the accurate statement of “that practice makes perfect” describes us exactly. Our award-winning band is performance ready and the invites to events are pouring in for our group to display their showmanship. We are scheduled to travel to Virginia on May 16, 2015 for an upcoming performance and it will be our time to shine and represent DCPS as the good-will ambassadors of music education.

It takes time to craft our show-style but more importantly it requires finances of significant amounts to transport the band to various venues. We do an enormous amount of hosting and having fundraisers but our rising budget is too large and requires financial support from our fan base. It goes without saying that the allotted budget for an all-volunteer organization like ours is miniscule. Yet, that doesn’t stop the commitment of the many students, parents and band staff who report daily for instructions.

We ask so much from our students and they comply unconditionally by maintaining and in most instances far surpassing the required GPA of 2.0. It would give our students such an emotional boost and help us financially. If you could find it in your heart to donate $10.00-20.00 it would be greatly appreciated.

Ponder this thought, to march in the street is free but to make a marching band move it takes money.”


This is gonna be epic!


Day Fair Stages and Programming

JBG Lot at Atlantic Plumbing hosted by Union Kitchen and D.C. Music Download – 945 Florida Ave NW

Special Guest Emcee – Kokayi

DJ – Ayescold

12:00 – 12:40 –  Marlee in the Mixx

12:55 – 1:35 –  The New Retro

1:50 – 2:30Tosin

2:45 – 3:30Empresarios

3:50 – 4:40The Junkyard Band

Additional Performances:

Joy of Motion Youth Ensemble

Art Activations: Black Space by Holly Bass; “Women in Color,” by Ra Nubi

Black Space is public art installation created by Holly Bass. A tiny house in the shape of the “Diamond District”—three smooth sides and one jagged side, Black Space replicates the map view of DC. The District has been a center of black culture since the early 1900s and boasted a majority black population from 1960-2010. Black Space sits at the juncture of DC history and the future of DC. We believe that regardless of ethnicity or background, as DC residents and tourists we all occupy black space.

“Women in Color” began as a collaborative piece to be performed at the opening of Rose Jaffe‘s solo exhibition also entitled “Women in Color.” Using live instrumental accompaniment and an improvisation based score for movement, Ra Nubia explores the art of “Now” also known as the present moment by transforming the performance space into a responsive and interactive environment for not only the dancers and musicians, but the audience as well. Women in Color is a work in progress created by Ra Nubi.

Food and Beverage:  DC Food incubator Union Kitchen members including Dirty South Deli, B Lin Catering; Smokin’ Jarhead (barbeque),  Kofta (Mediterranean take on burgers), Larry’s (grilled Turkish food).  Beer provided by DC Brau, Atlas Brew Works and Premium Distributors.

Vendors: Rosies and Rockers Boutique, Sandi Galle Photography, Apinya Thai, Real Sauce Company, Bartered Threads, Flashband, Pixie Kitsune, Club Chè, Swift Apartments, Corinto Gallery, MTP Photo Booth, upcycled jewelry from Two Doxies, livescreened T-shirts from Studio One Printing,Treasury, Meeps, 7Drum Lessons, Odd Fellows

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