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In his oral history of Fort Reno last year, Ryan Little dug deep into the history and folkways of the seasonal concert series, which began in 1968, was for years a bedrock of the local post-hardcore sound, and today remains an important institution of D.C.’s indie-rock and punk scenes. But he left out one Fort Reno tradition: The series almost always announces its summer schedule at the last minute.
This year seems to be no different, but at least we now know which bands will kick off the series. Fort Reno’s first night is Monday, June 18, and Teen Mom is headlining, joined by Alarms & Controls and Upforth. Music runs 7 to 9:30 p.m. No glass bottles, y’all.
About the bands: My colleagues and I have praised Teen Mom’s pastoral, melancholy jangle pop. The well-pedigreed Alarms & Controls plays mathy, austere punk, and features members of Crownhate Ruin and Circus Lupus. And Upforth is a teenage progressive metal band featuring one member of recent WCP cover heroes The Black Sparks.
Fort Reno Park is at Chesapeake Street and Nebraska Avenue NW. Free free free.
Update | June 16: No official word on the full schedule, but Fort Reno has announced its second show. Edie Sedgwick (the glam-punk outfit led by WCP contributor Justin Moyer), Art Sorority for Girls, and BRENDA perform Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m.
Photo by Darrow Montgomery