By Cynthia Gross
On October 9, Down In The Reeds, a daylong fall music festival celebrating the power of music to heal across communities and culture, returns after a two-year hiatus. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the grounds of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center, now called The Parks at Walter Reed. Learn more here.
“As most of you know, the past two years have been rough for music lovers and those in the music community,” explains Christopher Naoum, Esq., co-founder of Listen Local First, the organization behind Down In The Reeds. “I have spent much of my free time working on local advocacy efforts, volunteering with the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), and as of this summer, working to bring back the Down In The Reeds Festival.”
Music lovers are indeed in for a treat with this year’s festival, which features an exciting lineup of artists, workshops, and activations, along with local vendors. Performing artists include RDGLDGRN, See-I, Born-I, La Marvela, Calista Garcia, Shugsline, Amadou Kouyate, Leo Rua, Brassie, and more.
While admission is free to the family-friendly festival, donations are welcome. Show your support of D.C. area music and the countless people who work tirelessly to keep the arts alive. Special thanks to the many sponsors whose support continues to help Down In The Reeds grow and reach new audiences.
Attendees are asked to follow COVID-19 safety protocols, including wearing a mask when not actively eating or drinking, practicing physical distancing, and being mindful of others.
Come celebrate the fall season with Down In The Reeds – showcasing the very best of what D.C. has to offer.
Cynthia Gross is a freelance writer and award-winning spiritual pop artist based in Maryland. With more than a decade of experience as an executive ghostwriter, she understands the power of each individual’s voice to create positive, meaningful change.
When D.C. venues were ready to reopen after COVID-19, indie pop duo GLOSSER was ready to perform. The two, Riley Fanning and Corbin Sheehan, formed the band pre-COVID out of a shared aesthetic vision and passion for music storytelling.
Their first album *DOWNER* was released in January 2023, however they have decided to release a [__deluxe version__](https://open.spotify.com/album/0KLORhtj3ohV4FtbdjoKu5?si=iNZX9fiZSm2M6V8pRdBkow) exactly one year later containing four new tracks – two remixes, a reimagined song, and a cover – that they are hoping will give it a second life and allow them to continue performing around the area.
The band explains that they have spent many shows opening for touring bands that traveled through D.C. “We made music and then venues started to open again,” Sheehan says. Rather than having the “typical grungy” D.C. band experience, they uniquely went straight to club shows.