Although the summer is nearly half over, the National Park Service has finally announced its lineup for summer concerts at Fort Dupont and the Carter Barron Amphitheater. This year, the NPS will be celebrating its centennial with the “Find Your Park” summer concert series, beginning July 30 and going until Sept. 24.
But unlike past years, when attendance was free, most of the shows at Carter Barron will cost $25—with the proceeds benefitting the amphitheater and Rock Creek Park trails. The benefit concerts, presented by former NFL player and NPS partner Darryl Haley, will feature local artist lineups. So far, only the lineup for the first show—featuring Phil French, The Groove Spot Band and Show, and Sylver Logan Sharp—has been announced. But Carter Barron is also offering several free events, including a jazz show featuring Army, Navy, and Air Force ensembles, the D.C. Blues Festival, and two movie nights.
At Fort Dupont, the summer programming will feature a meager three shows—on July 30 with Warren Wolf, Bliss and Friends, and Tony Amall & Friends featuring BGCGW Alumni, and DJ Jahsonic; Aug. 13 with Les Nubians, Proverbs Reggae Band, Pan Lara Steel Orchestra Youth Ensemble, and DJ Aphrosoul; and Aug. 27 with Midnight Star and DJ Lance Reynolds.
The Fort Dupont offerings have been decreasing in size each year because of “declining and stagnant budgets compounded by increased operational costs,” NPS spokesperson Jennifer Anzelmo-Sarles told City Paper last year. It’s a far cry from what Fort Dupont and Carter Barron shows were in their ’80s and ’90s heyday, when shows at venues were more frequent and featured higher-profile acts, thanks to funding from private sponsors and ticketed events put on by outside promoters. But hey, it’s still something, right?
You can see the full Carter Barron and Fort Dupont summer concert schedule here.