City Lights: Feel Good, Feel Great at Down in the Reeds

by Steve Kiviat, Washington City Paper

Healing was the mission of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center, so when the Down in the Reeds music festival debuted in 2019 in this space (now called the Parks at Walter Reed), the event founders decided it was appropriate to focus on the healing power of music. After missing a year due to COVID, this free event returns on Oct. 9. The festival offers a full-day lineup of local musicians across three stages, as well as sessions on creative wellness and meditation, and a workshop stage where blues musicians, rappers, and others will sit in on panels and discussions about their artistry and instruments. Additionally, the family-friendly event will feature live art activations, games, a book swap, and more—not to mention locally-based food and beverage options. Musically, the event’s spectrum is wide: Headliner RDGLDGRN is best known for their collaborations with Dave Grohl and Pharrell Williams.

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