Hot August Music Festival — Hotter Than Hot!

This Saturday’s 30th annual Hot August Music Festival (August 19), will be hotter than the weather with a scorching lineup of great bands on two stages, with music beginning at 11:30 a.m. The Hillside Stage and Meadow Stage will be blazing from start to finish. Gates open at 11 a.m. at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Maryland.

Take your time perusing the schedule so that you can check out as much great music as possible. There are overlaps throughout the day, but it is important to note that all of the sets are an hour and half except the two opening groups (and hour) and headliners Little Feat closing it down with a two-hour show. As festival organizers correctly noted:

We have to have some overlap, and we tried to keep sets longer so you have time to see a good bit of every act.

That is a wise plan. because there is nobody on the schedule you want to miss. Let’s take a look!




  8:00 – 10:00  Little Feat

Little Feat continue to evolve and thrive, the embodiment of their mantra “Feats Don’t Fail Me Now,” with old guard members Bill Payne, Sam Clayton, Kenny Gradney, and Fred Tackett.

Little Feat
Little Feat


  5:30 –   7:00  Oteil & Friends

No other bass player’s resume includes Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Allman Brothers Band, and Dead & Company. Period. And Oteil Burbridge’s current band is brilliant.

Oteil Burbridge. 📸: Joshua Hitchens Photography


  3:00 –   4:30  Ripe

Ripe are a truly funky alt-pop quartet with a delicious joyful approach to music, so much fun to see.

Ripe at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater in Fishers Indiana on July 15, 2023. Photo by Tony Vasquez.


  1:00 –   2:30  Cris Jacobs

Cris Jacobs covers a wide range of genres, from bluegrass and rock to jam rock, especially The Grateful Dead. In fact, the Baltimorean fronts the preparty Friday night, “bringing the show to Union Craft Brewing for the pre-party. We’ll be recreating a set from a classic Baltimore GD show.”

Cris Jacobs



11:30 – 12:30  Natalie Brooke & The Infinite Tribe

Keyboard star Natalie Brooke and Infinite Tribute will the first AND last sets at Hot August Music Festival, including the afterparty at The Green Turtle.

Natalie Brooke. 📸: Barley Moon Photography




  6:30 – 8:00  Daniel Donato’s Cosmic Country

If you’ve seen Daniel Donato and band, then you know. The superb guitarist and his group have an “organic rock band aesthetic with plenty of roadhouse twang.” They will KNOCK YOU OUT!

Daniel Donato’s Cosmic Country. 📸 @antbraaten


  4:30 – 6:00  Karina Rykman

Karina Rykman has made her mark as the bass player for Marco Benevento’s incredible trio. Rykman front an excellent trio of her own, fronting the band with her bouncing style and great songwriting.

Karina Rykman


  2:00 – 3:30  Sunny War

Sunny War is a blues/folk/punk guitarist from Nashville, Tennessee, master of fingerstyle guitar.

Sunny War


12:00 – 1:00  Jonathan Sloane Trio

DC six-stringer Jonathan Sloane plays a wide range of styles and has made his mark recently been writing and performing with Anders Osborne. 

Jonathan Sloane. 📸: @nightschool20905



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