This summer’s Fort Reno concert series is off, organizer Amanda MacKaye announced today after she was unable to resolve a permitting dispute with the National Park Service and U.S. Park Police. Not long before MacKaye posted a letter to Fort Reno’s website, she wrote to members of more than 20 local bands about the disappointing news—-presumably the bands she had hoped would play this summer. I reached out to all of them, and about half have already confirmed they were scheduled to play or had agreed to. (No one who got back to me said they were on the list in error.)

And: damn. It was a pretty good lineup. Here’s who nearly played at Fort Reno this summer:

  • Title Tracks
  • The Effects
  • Myrrh Myrrh
  • The Captivators
  • Alarms and Controls
  • Aloners 
  • Baby Bry Bry and the Apologists
  • Calavera Skull
  • Golden Looks
  • Priests 
  • Give 
  • Malatese
  • Puff Pieces
  • Peanut Butter and Dave
  • The Raised by Wolves
  • Sotano
  • Dissonance 
  • Stereosleep
  • Talk It
  • Tiger Horse
  • Protect-U 

This list might not be complete, either. In an email to me, Ray Brown of teenage rockers The Black Sparks also said his group was supposed to play on July 28. Was your band set to perform? Email me at to let me know.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery