Hot August Music Festival
Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville, MD (Aug 20, 2016)
This time last year, I had just moved to Baltimore, MD. I had never heard of Hot August Music Festival, but I was intrigued by the lineup. Unfortunately, the festival took place on the same day as Night 1 of a two-night Phish run at Merriweather Post Pavilion. My heart was torn in two as I made the decision to go to Phish instead. Although I do not regret the decision, I am still very sad that I missed what I now know to be the pinnacle of live music in the Baltimore area.
This year, I am very happy to announce that I will be attempting to redeem myself! This year’s Hot August Music Festival lineup is better than ever, and Ragin’ Randy Entertainment will be there to capture every moment.
Hot August Music Festival has played host to some of the greatest live acts on the scene, but I don’t know if we’ve ever seen a lineup quite like this one before! Thievery Corporation will be taking over the headlining spot in 2016, with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, one of the current premier Grateful Dead experiences, taking the second slot. Railroad Earth and Leftover Salmon are taking over the top spots in the bluegrass category with Cabinet right behind them! The Revivalists will also be making a return appearance to the festival. Finally, I was incredibly excited to see local funk/jam band LITZ on the lineup this year. Finally, we’ll hear from Samantha Fish and Eastman String Band.
The Baltimore natives LITZ will also be hosting an official afterparty for those who don’t want the party to end! The festivities will take place at The Green Turtle Hunt Valley, just 2.5 miles away, and will feature many special guest appearances, as well as drink specials from Magic Hat Brewing Company.
Another great feature of Hot August Music Festival is the aptly titled Picker’s Grove. Attendees are encouraged to bring their instruments and prepare for an epic all-day jam session. From amateurs to professionals to the artists on the lineup, Picker’s Grove is all about fun, music and connecting with our fellow musicians and friends. Author Tim Newby will also be at the Grove to speak about his book Bluegrass in Baltimore: The Hard Drivin’ Sound and its Legacy.
Hot August Music Festival will take place at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, MD on August 20, 2016. The festival will be providing FREE shuttles every 30 minutes from the Timonium Fairgrounds Light Rail stop to and from the grounds. Tickets are on sale now for just $69.00 (General Admission) and $189.00 (VIP), available HERE! Gates open at 11:00 am, so don’t be late! See the full schedule below.