Despite Seriously Bad Mojo, Moonrise Gets Another Chance

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Moonrise Festival

Last year, Baltimore’s Moonrise Festival announced its inaugural event at Port Covington in South Baltimore, with headliners Pretty Lights, Avicii, and Snoop Dogg. But it was canceled three weeks before it was scheduled to happen, after organizers failed to obtain a necessary permit. This year Steez Promo and Glow DC are taking another shot at the four-stage festival. The 2014 Moonrise is schedule for August 9 and 10 at Pimlico. Their first lineup announcement is slated for June.

It would be great to see this event succeed, but it’s got some seriously bad mojo in addition to failing to launch last year. Steez Promotions president Evan Weinstein was an organizer of the Maryland Bacon Festival, which was panned by attendees for, among other things, running out of bacon. And he also organized Baltimore rave festival Starscape, which in 2012 “allowed 14,000 people to attend a concert with a permit for 7,500” and was the site of “an unspecified number of drug overdoses.”

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