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.
For years, the concert series was a bedrock of the local post-hardcore sound, and today it 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, melanchonly 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.
Photo by Darrow Montgomery
Fort Reno Concerts Begin Next Week With Teen Mom, Alarms & Controls, Upforth was originally published by Washington City Paper on June 13, 2012.