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Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie Music Festival, the District’s biggest and strangest celebration of small and far-flung indie-rock bands, is back, following its inaugural running this June. As previously reported, its second edition is set for Oct. 8 and 9. Now, the free festival has announced some lineups and venues.
There are three venues along the U Street NW corridor (The Islander, Dynasty, and Dukem) and two closer to Logan Circle (Lalibela and Caribou Coffee). You can find a full list of bands on the STPP website; local participants include Mercies, The Cinnamon Band, Drawbridges, Dangerosa, Shark Week, Once Okay Twice, The Echo Wall, Rene Moffatt, The Torches, Nunchucks, and more. Lalibela’s lineup even includes Mesfin Worku, the Ethiopian restaurant’s house band. Expect anything and everything, apparently. (The festival is still adding acts.)
STPP is the brainchild of Dave Mann, a musician who’s become a quixotic and relentless figure in the local indie-rock scene over the last few years. Unlike the last festival, however, Mann planned this one with the help of a small committee, and also lined up some sponsorship. The bands still won’t be paid, but they are being fed by Pica Taco.
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