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Following its successful debut last summer, In It Together Fest will return to D.C. on the weekend of July 31 to celebrate the city’s diverse array of DIY musicians, artists, and activists. The four-day festival, organized by members of area DIY venues like the Dougout and Hole in the Sky, featured nearly 50 local and touring bands last year.
Yesterday, organizers announced the festival’s main showcase, which will take place on August 1 at St. Stephen’s in Columbia Heights. The showcase lineup features D.C. acts like indie-punk quartet Makeshift Shelters, the noisy rockers of Jail Solidarity, and the hardcore descendants of Two Inch Astronaut, who appeared at the inaugural In It Together Fest. Touring bands on the bill include Thou, Cayetana (above), and Rozwell Kid.
This year, the festival is raising funds for three local nonprofits: the punk activist collective Positive Force, sexual harassment and assault prevention advocate Collective Action for Safe Spaces, and the DC Abortion Fund, which provides grants to help local individuals access abortion care. More details about this year’s festival, as well as a slew of additional band and venue announcements, are forthcoming, and individuals interested in volunteering can contact organizers via the In It Together Fest website