Seems like every time someone tries to do an event (or anything, really) with a musical component, there are complaints. Like, "Why doesn't such-and-such have any such-and-such bands!" The folks programming events at Fountain Square have done a good job with diversity in the past, but this summer's musical lineup — dubbed the PNC Summer Music Series — is heavily stocked with local artists and covers almost all of the bases. Uh, unless you are a Death Metal or Gangsta Rap fan. Then … well, keep the complaints coming, I guess.
Below are the weekly events. Other special musical events will also pepper the schedule.
• Friday nights are the "Indie Summer" shows, starting at 7 p.m. each week. With acts culled from the rich local Indie Rock/Pop scene, the events will feature three performers. Tonight, you can catch the great bill of The Lions Rampant, The Sundresses (who've finished their long-awaited new album and are now having some success in the "shopping to labels" department) and Turnbull ACs. Future bills include Paper Airplane, The Harlequins and Paper Airplane (June 6); The Seedy Seeds, Lovely Crash and Cash Flagg (June 20); and White Girls, The Cut in the Hill Gang and The Chauncers (July 18).
• Also on Fridays — a "late night" Singer/Songwriter Night, running from 10 p.m. until midnight. According to the Fountain's Web site, anyone can get up and play up to two songs. A host will keep things rolling during "down time."
• Saturdays are dedicated to Gospel music. Gospel Saturday will feature local choirs and performers of all sorts starting at 3 p.m. Tomorrow afternoon, it's Rappin' Minister and the Anointed Sons of God. Next week (June 7), it's Hip Hop/R&B-flavored Contemporary Gospel from K Drama, Pamela Crumbly and Tiara Monique.