Each week we take a look at all the great shows and musical events on the Grand Strand and choose five to feature in our weekly ListenUpdate show. With the holiday season upon us, the area is just about bursting at the seams with stuff to do, so for a listing of all the events happening this weekend, check out our events page:
1. SxSE Music Feast with Mike Farris
When | Saturday 6-11 p.m.
Where | Myrtle Beach Train Depot, 851 Broadway St., Myrtle Beach
Cost | $25 for non-members, $20 for members
Frontman of the '90s Southern boogie rock band Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies Mike Farris will make at stop at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot Saturday as part of the South By Southeast Music Feast concert series. He'll share his solo work, a mix of Americana and Southern Gospel tunes, at a great event which also includes a pot luck dinner and beer brewed by New South Brewing Company. Check out our interview with SxSE co-founder Sam Hannaford or the Weekly Surge's piece with Mike Farris himself.
2. Science Factory with Planet Rock & J-Sneez
When | Saturday 9 p.m.
Where | Drink!, 503 8th Ave. N., Myrtle Beach
Cost | $5
Unqiue local jazz/electronic fusion group Science Factory! will headline a funky show with a double-dose of hip-hop opening up. Planet Rock is a great funk/hip-hop project out of Atlanta and J-Sneez is one of the most talented and most locally-devoted emcees on the beach. If you're undecided about this one, check out our feature on Science Factory or just listen to J-Sneez's "Myrtle Beach" once and you'll be sold.
3. Gabbie Rae going away party
When | Saturday 8 p.m.
Where | Surfside Live!, 803 Hwy 17 South, Surfside Beach
How Much | No cover
Everyone's favorite child singer Gabbie Rae is making the big leap from local phenom to the big time record deal and moving to Atlanta with her family to pursue the next step in her career. Luckily, local bar Surfside Live is throwing the Gabster a going away party and giving fans a chance to come by and wish her well. In addition to Gabbie Ras, at 9 p.m. there will also be an open jam.
4. Awendaw Green Music Festival
When | Saturday and Sunday, Noon-10 p.m.
Where | Awendaw Green, Awendaw, S.C., approx. 20 miles north of Charleston on U.S. 17.
Cost | $15 per day or $25 for weekend pass
This event at Awendaw Green, a musical venue dedicated to promoting local and regional music in the lowcountry, features more than 150 performers and 66 unique acts across four stages. It may be a bit of a drive, but it's worth it with acts such as My Buddy Todd, Jeff Norwood, Danielle Howle, The Freeloaders, 17 South, Leigh Glass, Steve Fiore, The Shaniqua Brown Band, Ryan Bonner & Dearly Beloved and Deepwater Soul Society performing.
5. Nights of a Thousand Candles
When | Tonight and Saturday, 3-10 p.m. (also Dec. 11-12 and 16-18)
Where | Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Gardens Dr., Murrells Inlet
Cost | $15 for adults, $6 for kids
For those who haven't had a chance to check out the local treasure that is Brookgreen, this is the greatest time of year to go. Not only are the beautiful gardens and sculptures lit up with thousands of candles and tons of great Christmas light displays, but there's also a bevy of musical happenings which span across the events three weekends. There are a ton of school choirs and bell choirs performing, amazingly talented bagpiper Peggy Leonard and great jazz from a talented drummer in the Bates Holman Jazz Trio.
And that's just the first weekend...also performing will be Rocky Fretz, Dan Hull, Palmetto Strings, Doug Fankhauser, U-N-I jazz and tons of other stuff uniquely suited to the holiday season.