It sounds like a great idea, hosting an all-local music fest. After all, there’s plenty of talent in the nation’s capital that deserves to be celebrated. But how would such an event be curated? Well, judging by the initial line-up announcement from D.C. Music Fest, it ain’t easy.
Honor By August, the Goo Goo Dolls-loving stadium rockers, are apparently headlining. I’ve never been much for heartfelt ballads or over-the-top, Coldplay-inspired anthems, but I’m told they have their appeal. However, they’re playing alongside Restoring Poetry in Music (RPM), an abstract art-rap group formerly known as Panacea. Of course, that’s bolstered by a blues band, and a trio that draws their sound primarily from Lenny Kravitz. It’s an odd mix of genres, and I can’t say I would’ve previously picked any of the bands individually to rep the District, but then again, it’s awful nice to have a homegrown showcase. Will the diversity make for a transcendent festival experience, or have the planners simply failed to pick the best and the brightest? Either way, we’ll be keeping an eye on whoever they announce next.