Update, July 5: The Fort Reno concert schedule has been posted on fortreno.com.
Update, July 5: The first Fort Reno show of 2016 is scheduled for Thursday, July 7, according to an invitation posted on Facebook. Title Tracks, Bad Moves and Strange Avenger will perform. Dot Dash, The Delarcos and Nine to Five are scheduled to play the park Monday, July 11, and The Rememberables, Psychic Subcreatures and The Luau Cinders are booked for Thursday, July 14.
After two years of stumbles, Fort Reno summer concerts are set to return in July, according to a message posted on the series’ website.
Shows in the Northwest D.C. park will take place Monday and Thursday evenings as usual, but no schedule has been posted. Submissions from bands interested in playing this year will be accepted through May 31, the website says.
Fort Reno shows have faced uncertainty since 2014, when the National Park Service began requiring U.S. Park Police officers at every gig. Security expenses threatened to drain Fort Reno’s concert budget, said organizer Amanda MacKaye, jeopardizing the nearly 50-year-old concert series. MacKaye began soliciting donations to support concerts at Fort Reno in 2015.
The summer series appeared to be in trouble again this year, after Washingtonian found that MacKaye had not filed a permit application with the National Park Service for 2016. But in an email to Bandwidth, MacKaye said she intended to resume gigs at the park.
“Things are just moving slower on my end,” the organizer wrote.
MacKaye is still accepting donations for the Fort Reno concert series via the Washington Peace Center.
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