Arts Desk

Fort Dupont and Carter Barron Announce Summer Lineups

After sequestration-related delays, the National Park Service has finally announced its abbreviated summer concert schedule at Fort Dupont and Carter Barron.

Things kick off  in late July with performances by Metropolitan Police Department band Cops Come Knockin' and go-go ensemble Be’la Dona and continue through the D.C. Blues Fest at the end of August.

One bright spot: Despite announcing the cancellation of its weekly concerts at Carter Barron last month, the Washington Post's Going Out Guide will sponsor a free reggae night at the park on August 9. Comcast will also sponsor film screenings at Carter Barron on August 23 and 24. A schedule for the Fort Reno concert series, which takes place on Park Service land but does not receive any NPS funding, has yet to be announced.

Check out the full schedule after the jump.

Fort Dupont Park, 3600 F St. SE (all concerts begin at 6 p.m.)

July 27: Cops Come Knockin' and Be’la Dona.

August 3: Boys and Girls Club and the Jazz Ambassadors of the U.S. Army Field Band.

August 10: Secret Society and Sylver Logan Sharp

Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 4850 Colorado Ave. NW (all concerts begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

August 9: Reggae Night

August 23: The Avengers

August 24: Oz the Great and Powerful

August 31: 25th Annual D.C. Blues Fest, featuring Albert Castiglia, Big G, Austin Walker, Fast Eddie & The Slowpokes, The DC Blues Society Band, The UnXpected Band, and others (begins at noon)

All concerts are free and open to the public.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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  • Sarah G

    Cuts to summer concerts at national parks is pretty low on my list of gripes about sequestration, but these are shockingly lean line-ups. Wow.

  • Ally Schweitzer

    I'm with you Sarah.

  • lovessoldier

    1st my paycheck, now my entertainment. Congress is on the top of my "You Suck" list. Live at woodrow wilson has also been skimped down to virtually just Mondays & Tuesdays.

  • SteveK
  • Ed

    I have lived in DC since 1989.
    This is by far the worst "line Up " ever offered by both venuesthat I have ever seen.
    It seems a shame since I have seen some of the absolute Best Headliners in the music & entertainment business on both stages:
    Ohio Players, Betty Carter, Clark & Duke , Funkadelic, The Dells, Najee, Cameo, Phyllis Hyman, Roy Ayers, oh the list is endless !

    The best Headliners on Summer Tours looked forward to coming to DC

    They are cutting something that is only 2 months out of the year, something that was a tradition and annual event in DC over 40 years.
    Naw, it's not right and we all know it !

    Any excuse to take good things away . Don't forget River Festival, Carribean Festival, Hogates's, Zanzibar , all gone ! Wake Up DC !!!

  • Tia

    What! No Roy Ayers..Congress is on something else but they can go all over the world and spend taxpayers money how they want! LOW BOOSTIN! I must say!

  • jacki frazier

    Just shut down 2013 concert series if what's listed is all you have to offer. This is DC summer in the parks, organizers-get with it.

  • Paula

    Wow...sad and short

  • Larry Bridges

    I concur, I look forward to seeing the group from back in the day and to fellowship with the people from my era. This is sad, I'm coming home from the Middle East think that I'm right in time to see the show at the Carter Baron and Fort Dupont saw the schedule for The Carter Barpon and Fort Dupont and thought something was wrong until I read the comments about.

    Come on DC, shape up!!!

  • Mark Humphries

    This is the WORST schedule I have ever seen! I remember when the concerts were great at the Cater Baron and I lived around the corner from Ft. Dupont and looked forward to a great free line up. Screw the Tea Baggers! They are not from DC and are ruining our lives! They can find money for bombs but not the arts. They suck....racist!

  • Myrtle

    Ok, so we don't have the top heavies in the entertainment field this year, but look at it this way. The groups that they have, some have opened for the big names. I remember the summer in the parks without the top entertainers in the music field. They were the local bands, they cranked and everyone had a good time. DC is known for good talent so give it a shot. At least Park Services didn't cut it out all together. As Smokey say, "Try Something New"

  • Charles

    I AM A NATIVE WASHINGTONIAN AND THIS IS BEYOND SAD. NONE OF THE ACTS BOOKED WILL DRAW THE REGULAR PARTICIPANTS, MOST OF THE PEOPLE WHO FRENQUENT THESE EVENTS WON'T BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY. IT APPEARS MAYOR GRAY IS TRYING TO INTRODUCE ANOTHER TYPE OP CLIENTELE EVERYWHERE IN THE CITY.

  • marvelous

    ED I could not have said it better..I have never seen a more unappealing line up ever anywhere on the planet Three weekends thats all 3 weekends.

  • Teresa

    This is the worst line-up I've seen since I moved to the WDC area 27 years ago. When I first received the schedule I thought it was pending more acts. I hope this is not the beginning of the end.

  • Margaret

    I agree with all of the above comments the worst line up in history... we now need a community committee to help over see the park events in the summer.... What a waste of a summer in the park.. There are so many local entertainment groups in DC that have not entertain in our great parks What a disgrace & disrespect to them all... WoW !!

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