This year's Taste of the Town is upon us, beginning in just a few hours. With a very cool website and plenty of coverage already out there, there's no need for us to tell you all about this culinary event featuring tons of local restaurants, we'll simply relay the basic details:
27th annual Taste of the Town
When: Today from 4-10 p.m.
Where: Myrtle Beach Convention Center, 2101 S. Oak St., Myrtle Beach
Cost: $6 to get in with tickets costing $1 each. Each booth will offer small portions for between 1-4 tickets.
Parking: $3 in the Convention Center lot. Free parking available at the former Myrtle Square Mall parking lot. There will also be a free shuttle that will run from behind St. Andrew's Catholic school to the convention center.
http://www.totmb.com/ or 843.448.6062
But since we're all about Myrtle Beach music here at ListenUp, we thought we'd bring you a quick preview of the evening's entertainment options:
4:30-5:30 p.m. - U "N" I
This five-piece outfit specializes in "Elegant Jazz & Blues" and should mesh well with the crowds of senior citizens that tend to crowd the early part of the event. It consists of bandleader Dan O'Reilly, a saxaphonist and CCU faculty member, his wife and vocalist Lisa O'Reilly, Mike Knight, who is also the principle percussionist for the Long Bay Symphony, retired professor and piano player William Hamilton and bassist Denny Hess.
Fresh off a performance at the weekend's Shrimp and Jazz Fest, the band will provide a mix of classy instrumental and vocal tracks and plenty of great standards such as this:
For more on U "N" I or to hear more of their music click here.
5:30-6:30 p.m. - Dino's TV Variety Show
With all the show options in the area, it can be easy to get lost in the fray, but Taste of the Town offers the more the 11,000 attendees expected a chance to catch this great tribute act live without having to venture down to the show's usual venue, 2001 Entertainment Complex.
The act recreates one of the most beloved of classic TV Variety shows, the "Dean Martin Variety Show" with singing, dancing and plenty of comedic bits from tribute artists portraying Ethel, Dolly Parton, Marilyn Monroe and of course Dino himself, accompanied by his Gold Diggers.
Here's a glimpse of what to expect:
For more info, visit the Dino's page.
8-10 p.m. - Soul Function
This "Ultimate Party Band" often comes eight members strong with a powerful horn section and a talented vocalist Travis Worthy. They play energetic covers of all types of music ranging from soul & blues, southern rock, oldies and Motown tunes and will keeping the crowd rockin' into the evening after the Taste of the Town awards ceremony.
Check out their music and band info here.
ListenUp will be out there taking photos and talking with folks, so please make sure and check back tomorrow for more coverage from the event.