JUNE 21 TO AUGUST 13

Rock, according to a friend of mine, is an indoor sport. And I tend to agree—with a few notable exceptions. Take, for example, Fort Reno in upper Northwest, whose shows are as intrinsic to June, July, and August in D.C. as the first snouty hot dog of the first baseball game of the season. Catching wind of the first Fort Reno show makes it officially summer here in my beloved swampy home. Even when the challenging sound setup sucks, even when it’s hot and the city’s infamous humidity settles in around the sometimes-muddy fort’s uneven minihills—and even if there’s no bar—I love Fort Reno. But it’s not just a place to sit outside and see a show, it’s a chance to see all the folks you haven’t seen in ages and remember what it was like the first time you played or attended a punk rock show at the Civil War-era earthwork. Fort Reno’s summer concerts have been happening for the past 32 years and were once federally funded. These days, the Northwest Youth Alliance puts on the shows with funds scraped together from donations. (To find out more, visit www.fortreno.com.) The Fort Reno summer concert series kicks off with the Most Secret Method (pictured) and Calibos at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at Fort Reno Park, Chesapeake St. & Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. (202) 737-6973. (Arika Casebolt)