The national festival debuting unsigned bands comes to James Island. Featured acts are Antidrive, With Good Intentions, Sleeping Policemen, Cover of Afternoon, Acera, South Street, My Fat Richard. 6 p.m.
Reality TV show fans — Big Brother fiends in particular — stop what you're doing. No. No. No. We don't mean reading. Keep on doing that. Stop doing all that other stuff you're doing, like eating and thinking about sex and wondering if you DVR'd Oprah's interview with Lance Armstong. The Oasis is hosting a pretty cool metal show this weekend featuring two rock-solid acts — Ionia and Saint Diablo — and none other than Jennifer Arroyo, a.k.a. JennCity of Big Brother season 14, a.k.a. the one-time bassist for pioneering all-girl metal band, Kitty. While we didn't have a chance to chat with JennCity, we did speak with the guys in Ionia, who as fate would have it, didn't know diddly about Kitty or BB. They say, "We had not seen that show. We were not aware of Kitty till this tour came up, and then we did our research." However, the band says, "We are excited to work with her and glad to be heading out on the road again." Fair enough. Drawing inspiration from My Chemical Romance, Rise Against, and Brand New, Ionia comes from the more angsty, earnestly serious side of the metal world. In fact, they're known to send out rather heady tweets, stuff like, "I am a fragment of what I hope to be some day. I am here to find a way to become my dream. My name is Ionia, and I surrender only fear," or "The Dakota war was not a war at all but a massacre by white men and a gasp of desperation by starving natives." Saint Diablo, meanwhile, just kicks ass. —Chris Haire