Mayor John Rhodes and officials with the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday announced plans for a second year of Myrtle Beach Mayfest celebrations., featuring Sen. John McCain as one of the month's biggest draws. McCain will serve as Grand Marshal of the Memorial Day Parade, a role that was filled by legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin in 2010.
But despite the star power provided by the Senator and former presidential candidate, this year's offerings have actually scaled back entertainment-wise from the city's ambitious start in 2010.
Gone is the Arts & Film Festival, which kicked off last year's Mayfest offerings with outdoor showings of family-friendly films and musical performances by blues legends Tinsley Ellis and Buddy Guy.
In its place will be the Beach Music Festival — which has moved up a few weeks to take place April 30 — which features veteran musicians Chubby Checker, The Spinners, The Embers, The Catalinas, Atlantic Groove, and The Craig Woolard Band.
To fill the gaps left by rearranging last year's events, the city will host Military Band Concerts each Friday throughout the month of May, between 8th and 9th avenues North on Ocean Boulevard.
Returning for 2011 will be the Beach Blast! Christian Music Festival on May 21, once again headlined by multi-Grammy and Dove award-winning artist TobyMac. The event, which filled the former Myrtle Square Mall site with fans last spring, will also feature Rock band Skillet, hip-hop artist LeCrae, rock/metal band Disciple and alternative rock/pop act Anthem Lights.
Also back is the Memorial Day Celebration, which will not only include the parade Marshaled by McCain, but will also include appearances and entertainment geared toward a teen and younger crowd. Making appearances will be stars from Disney and Nickelodeon hits such as Jennette McCurdy from iCarly, Noah and Ethan Munck from iCarly, Ariana Grande from Victorious, Jake T. Austin from Wizards of Waverly Place, Doug Brochu from Sonny With a Chance and Zendaya Coleman from Shake it Up.
No headlining acts has been announced for the celebration, which featured former American Idol winner Jordin Sparks in 2010.
For more details on the schedule of events and all the Mayfest happenings visit http://www.myrtlebeachmayfest.com/.