Fort Reno Summer Concerts Back On | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Fort Reno Summer Concerts Back On

Play associated audio
https://flic.kr/p/8p7vkc

After costly federal government requirements forced organizers to cancel the Fort Reno concert series, the popular summer event is back on.

Fans of local rock music were devastated last week when Fort Reno organizers announced the news: the series was being canceled for the first time in decades. This came after organizers received an unexpected bill from the U.S. Park Police: more than $2,600 for security.

But now, after a meeting Monday morning, the shows are back on.

"Sitting around the table face to face, we were able to work through the issues and resolve it," said Rock Creek Superintendent Tara Morrison, who announced the news on WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi Show, later adding that both the Park Police and Park Service will make changes to ensure events on federal parkland go through a more transparent process in the future.

Fort Reno organizers will still be expected to pay for officers to staff concerts, at $66 an hour. But that money no longer has to be paid in a lump sum upfront.

As for how to cover those costs, Fort Reno's Amanda MacKaye says she won't consider sponsorships for the proudly independent shows.

"Growing up in the D.C. punk scene... it's in my blood. I cannot sell out the music," she said today.

The eight-concert series will continue as planned, starting July 7, weather permitting.

For more about Fort Reno, visit WAMU 88.5's Bandwidth and kojoshow.org.
NPR

Not My Job: 'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner Gets Quizzed On Glad Men

The final season of Mad Men is about to begin, so we've decided to ask the show's creator about men who are glad rather than mad — success coaches, motivational speakers and happiness gurus.
NPR

Making Cheese In The Land Of The Bible: Add Myrrh And A Leap Of Faith

Spring in the West Bank means Bedouin herders' ewes and nanny goats are full of milk — and cheese making abounds. The traditional method relies on a few simple ingredients and a long cultural memory.
NPR

Nigerian President Faces Tough Reelection Campaign

Nigerians head to the polls Saturday to vote for their new president. The incumbent Goodluck Jonathan faces former military leader, Muhammadu Buhari, who says he's tough on security and corruption.
NPR

App That Aims To Make Books 'Squeaky Clean' Draws Ire From Edited Writers

Clean Reader — an app designed to find, block and replace profanity in books — has drawn considerable criticism from authors. This week, makers of the app announced they would no longer sell e-books.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.