Hot August Music Festival
Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville, MD
August 18, 2018
It’s that time of year again! Hot August Music Festival has snuck up on us once again. The veteran three-stage festival draws national, regional and local talent to perform, while bringing in fans from all over the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. The 2018 lineup is as diverse and talented as ever, and here is everything you need to know to rock the day away. Make sure to put your cameras away so you can dance all day. Ragin’ Randy Entertainment will be on the scene to capture all the magic for you.
Omari Banks opens up the main stage with a rock-reggae vibe. Banks was born in Anguilla and was a successful professional cricket player until his untimely injury in 2012. Since then, he has devoted himself to music, spreading messages of love and consciousness to the world. Baltimore’s own Dirty Grass Players open up the Professional Vision stage, adeptly extending the longtime Baltimore tradition of bluegrass. The Hall Williams Band, also from Baltimore, opens up the Back to the Farm stage with a blend of rock, funk, jazz, blues and more as they extend the legacy of the jamband tradition. Hometown hero Cris Jacobs and his band will rock the early afternoon spot on the main stage with his soulful Americana-rock sound. Whiskey Shivers comes all the way from Austin, TX to bring some rompin’ bluegrass to the Professional Vision stage. Inspired by the one and only Jimi Hendrix, Selwyn Birchwood immediately fell in love with the blues, and he’s bringing some of Tampa’s best musicians with him to rock the Back to the Farm stage for us.
The Marcus King Band, led by their prodigious namesake, return to Charm City on the main stage for a blistering set of blues-rock madness. Psycho Killers, a Talking Heads tribute band out of Baltimore and DC, take over the Professional Vision stage to honor the music of one of the most influential bands in history. Carolina girl Nikki Hill closes out the Back to the Farm stage with her hard-hitting soulful vocals. Trampled By Turtles brings a Minnesota twinge to their Midwestern blend of improvisational bluegrass to the main stage, while Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe unloads the funk to close out the Professional Vision stage. Finally, The Revivalists return to Hot August to headline the main stage and close out the festival. See the full schedule and map below, and DON’T FORGET to head over to the Green Turtle (Hunt Valley) for the official afterparty, featuring the Dirty Grass Players!