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Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 06/17/2008

Fort Reno, Finally

By David Malitz

A little arsenic in the ground (really, it was only very, very little) and a lack of funding can't stop Fort Reno. The enduring summer concert series is back and the 2008 schedule was just released this morning. Shows start next Monday, which is only about a week later than usual. There are more new names than in the past and only one appearance by that old standby, TBD. Full schedule (as of now) below. All shows start at 7:15, and end by 9:30. By now you surely know not to bring booze, drugs or bottles.

Monday, June 23: Olivia Mancini & the Housemates, New Rock Church of Fire, Evolution

Thursday, June 26: Zulu Pearls, Dress Up, the Shakes

Monday, June 30: Bellman Barker, the Moderate, Gestures

Thursday, July 3: Perfect Souvenir, the Andalusians, the Makeshift Shakedown

Monday, July 7: Sarah Azzara, the City Veins, the Boom Orangutangs

Thursday, July 10: Black & White Jacksons, John Wayne Hero, Friends of the Library

Monday, July 14: Death By Sexy, True Womanhood, Sinta

Thursday, July 17: The Apes, Police and Thieves, We Were Pirates

Monday, July 21: Pup Tent, RaRa Rasputin

Thursday, July 24: Statehood

Monday, July 28: Ex-Motorcycle Couriers, Memories From the Space Age

Thursday, July 31: Kid Congo Powers, the Shirks, Girl Loves Distortion

Monday, Aug. 4: Exit Clov, Cobra Collective

Thursday, Aug. 7: Julie Ocean

Monday, Aug. 11: These United States, Jukebox the Ghost

Thursday, Aug. 14: TBD

By David Malitz  | June 17, 2008; 10:20 AM ET
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Everyone will look at TBD on Aug. 14 as a possible Fugazi reunion show. It's a nice tease but it's not going to happen. Now, a D-Plan reunion on July 24th would be a welcomed treat...

Posted by: Jumbo Slice | June 17, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

What arsenic couldn't kill a weak schedule could?

I keed! I keed! :)

Posted by: Jimbo Slice | June 17, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Weak schedule?

Where's your band? Still in the basement?

Posted by: Um | June 17, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

No Dischord bands!?

Posted by: Steve | June 17, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

We're too busy having carnal knowledge of your mom to play out. :)

Even according to the Post it's a weaker than normal schedule:

"Even if you've never heard of the bands -- and there are more of those than usual this year -- there are few better D.C. traditions than lounging on the grass and taking in some tunes."

I'm looking forward to the Apes and Police and Theives, who I've have yet to see. Who else shouldn't I miss?

Posted by: Jimbo Slice | June 18, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, man. Why would you go see bands you've never heard of? Ft. Reno should have the same tired acts every year.

You are the epitome of what's wrong with the D.C. music scene. Good luck getting out of the basement. :)

Posted by: Um | June 18, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

You're right that Ft. Reno in years past has been a great way to hear for the first time bands I grew to love. But your inability to suggest one show this year I should get excited about seems only to confirm my original -- somewhat tongue in cheek -- observation . . .

And imo what's wrong with the DC music scene are dour sourpusses such as yourself who go to shows and stand motionless, arms crossed in front, for the whole set. If you get real crazy, you might just bob your head in time with the beat. :)

Posted by: Jimbo Slice | June 18, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

nah, i'm with jimbo slice on this one. i love fort reno and i'm sad to say this, but it is sort of a weak schedule this year.

last year had the evens, medications, beauty pill, and a whole lot of other fantastic stuff. this year -- well, it seems to be too long on the middling local indie-ish bands and too short on dischord bands or newer local punk. (i mean, there's some great music going on here that just isn't represented at FR this year -- for instance, bands playing the many basements of the city where jimbo slice's band and my band are busy hanging out with your mom.)

and where is EYEBALL SKELETON? i want EYEBALL SKELETON back this year!

Posted by: jimbo tofu | June 18, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

The Fort Reno schedule is kinda like a Rorschach test -- depending on what blog you read, it's either great or terrible. When all of the gaps are filled in, I suspect there will be some Dischord bands on the schedule. Meanwhile, if you want punk rock, you can check out Ex-Motorcycle Couriers, Julie Ocean (featuring a former member of Eyeball Skeleton), Statehood, Perfect Souvenir and Kid Congo, all of whom have impeccable punk rock credentials. Personally, I think this year's schedule is alright. I look forward to being pleasantly surprised by at least one band I've never heard of.

Posted by: Skip | June 18, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Why do I need to suggest a show for you? If you've really used Ft Reno as a way to hear unknown bands for the first time that "you grew to love," then your whining over the fact that there aren't as many known bands falls on its face.

If your comments are any indicator, you ARE that guy standing with his arms crossed, motionless. Projection much?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Why do I need to suggest a show for you? If you've really used Ft Reno as a way to hear unknown bands for the first time, then your whining over the fact that there aren't as many known bands falls on its face.

Go listen to some new music and expand your horizons.

If your comments are any indicator, you ARE that guy standing with his arms crossed, motionless.

Posted by: Um | June 19, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

"last year had the evens, medications, beauty pill, and a whole lot of other fantastic stuff."

Those bands are fantastic? The evens are famous because it's Ian's project--they ain't good. Medications are one of the most overrated bands to come out of D.C. And Beauty Pill? Seriously?

Are you a scenester or a music fan?

Posted by: Tard | June 19, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Where is Sugarcane Crawl on the schedule? Their recordings aren't that great, but they are hands-down the best live act in D.C.

Posted by: abbott | July 6, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

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