As Covid-19 ravaged the globe, the concert industry was hit harder than most. Touring musicians, their crews, music venues…few were spared the hardship of a world that just shut down. As vaccines became readily available, though, there was a glimmer of hope; the industry adapted, and music fans once again were able to watch the bands they love. 2021 Mempho Music Fest, headlined by Widespread Panic and the Avett Brothers, returned the first weekend of October and provided a cathartic release for bands and fans alike.
The Hot August Music Festival, held on August 15 at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Maryland, has announced its initial lineup, and the 2020 installment – the festival’s 28th – will bridge many genres. Greensky Bluegrass, Larkin Poe, and Shakey Graves top the lineup, giving fest attendees a little taste of bluegrass, blues, and Americana.