The annual God Save the Queen City festival returns for its sixth year in August. Instead of an all-day fest as in its first four years or last year's multi-day event, the taste-making event will change formats somewhat taking over Snug Harbor's weekly residency and culminating with a larger concert at the Fillmore.
The main concert takes place August 27 at The Fillmore with Austin-based Canadian guitar and drum duo Black Pistol Fire, Greenville, SC native and cool country singer-songwriter Nikki Lane, Nashville's Promised Land Sound, and Charlotte's Serfs.
The first 500 early bird tickets for the Fillmore show are $10. After that advanced tickets are $15 and $20 at the door.
The weekly residencies also presented by Charlotte-based screenprinters Ink Floyd and Pabst Blue Ribbon take place each Wednesday and feature both out of town and local acts. Admission for those is a $2 donation that will go toward the Save the Milestone campaign. Greater monetary donations are encouraged.
Wednesday Aug. 3 kicks off with Nashville's Daddy Issues, Charlottesville's Left and Right, and Charlotte hip-hop fixtures Elevator Jay and Rapper Shane. Acts for Aug. 10 are Nashville Kansas Bible Company, New Jersey's rock powerhouse the Everymen, and Charlotte's Business People.
August 17 it's T. Hardy and the Knocks from Athens with Charlotte's Dust & Ashes and Landless. Memphis' Space Face team with Charlotte's It's Snakes and Ancient Cities Aug. 24. And the God Save the QC residency ends with a Houston Brothers reunion Aug. 31. The Houstons follow Noises Ten and Hot Gates' frontman Jason Scavone, and Midwood staples the Fat Face Band.
God Save the Queen City is again teaming with Heist Brewery on a signature seasonal English porter. The beer will make its debut at Heist July 15 where local rockers Temperance League, who performed at past GSTQC, will perform.
For more information check out www.gstqc.com, www.godsavethequeencity.com