Perhaps one of the most underrated aspects of the Pride weekend is the performers. Looking over the lineup for the weekend, I’m surprised I’ve never stuck around for the music in past years. The set of musicians for the weekend is eclectic — a cliché yet perfect word for the lineup at the festival. Not to mention, the artists are perfectly representative of the Pride spirit. I’m sure none of the musicians will disappoint, but I’ve assembled a list here of the five acts I would try my darndest to see.
12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22
This Columbus-based crew of alternative rockers is reminiscent of the best parts of arena rock. The band boasts an “aggressive” rock sound, which means Illicit Kitty’s going to put some pep in your step — at the very least — after the first day’s activities. The only problem is that Illicit Kitty’s on early, but its set of high-energy tunes will be the perfect way to knock off the grogginess and start a second day of Pride festivities.
1 p.m. Saturday, June 22
Another early one — the Pink Flamingos are first up on the Gazebo Stage on Day 2. If a blues/punk sound with a sing-a-long approach is more your thing, then Pink Flamingos is for you. This band has a fairly modern sound, making it particularly accessible to the indie rock fans among us. Definitely a grooving band, so a little early-afternoon dancin’ may be in order for this group.
9:30 p.m. Friday, June 21
De’Borah’s probably one of the most anticipated acts of this year’s pride. Riding the wave of an appearance on competitive singing show “The Voice,” De’Borah is a phenomenal singer with a profound touch in performance. She has a strong gospel background and is quite the crooner, but I don’t expect her to just stick to soul; De’Borah will have something for all music tastes.
5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22
With all this disco and synth music revival happening (thank you, Daft Punk), Diana King couldn’t come at a better time. King’s music may ultimately be defined as pop to some, but there’s much more going on in her performance. Her brand consists of some fusion and disco, embellished by a thick rhythm section. It’ll be a riveting experience seeing King live, if not also intriguing.
6:15 p.m. Saturday, June 22
With The Heavy having rolled through Columbus just days ago, The Regrettes are perfect for a second dose of neo-soul. This band is pristine in its composition; the voices of Mehgan Alexandra Hutchinson and Lizzy Morris are beautifully interwoven with a band that envelopes listeners with flowing, pounding instrumentation. Closing up the last night of the festival, The Regrettes will be leaving some fond memories of Pride 2013.