It's been a busy week over here and as we gear up for a big weekend of CREATE South festivities, I thought there were some newsworthy items that needed to be shared:
Charlie Floyd to open new club
Longtime local country artist and club owner Charlie Floyd announced Wednesday via Facebook that he will once again be opening a country music-based nightclub in Myrtle Beach in the near future.
"Family, friends I am very happy to announce, coming soon, I Charlie Floyd am opening a country music nightclub in Myrle Beach, SC!!!!!!!!! Would love your input for name suggestions so please feel free to comment back!!!!!!!!!!" read his status update, which received more than 50 comments. Suggestions ranged from The Pour Decision and Southern Drawl to — what else — Charlie's Night Life, the name of Floyd's original Myrtle Beach club.
Floyd started the original Charlie's Night Life at the age of 21 before signing to Liberty Records in 1993 and releasing his album, also called "Charlie's Night Life" which produced the singles "I've Fallen in Love (And I Can't Get Up)" and "Good Girls Go to Heaven." He again opened the club again in 1998, before moving to Florida to open the Daytona Opry in 1999.
Since returning to the Grand Strand in 2002, Floyd has performed regularly around town with his band Southern Express, but apparently the fire for operating a gathering place and country music venue never left him.
While there's been some speculation that the club will take over the former Nashville Dreams location at 2701 South Kings Highway nothing has been announced.
Octopus Jones rides new tune...to Bonnaroo?
One of Myrtle Beach's brightest, Octopus Jones, is set to release its first album "Treat Yourself" later this month. But before that happens the band is hoping to treat itself by securing a spot at the 10th annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. June 9-12.
The band has is currently offering a single entitled "Val Kilmer" from the new album as part of the "Road to Roo" contest. The competitions pits nearly 600 acts from across the country against each other to see who can get the most downloads.
I know what you're thinking. There's a million of those contests and no one local ever gets a chance to win. WRONG!
Octopus Jones is currently sitting in 13th spot out of 569 bands. and only needs to reach the top eight to advance to round 2. If they advance their music will then be judged by Bonnaroo talent scouts who will choose two of the eight to perform at the festival.
The contest ends April 15, so please make sure and go download the track (hell, tell your grandma to download it). Even if Octopus Jones isn't your style, just go help represent Myrtle Beach as a music scene by putting one of our bands on the map.
Conway Crawlin' with talent
I got this press release the other day and was surprised to see a couple graphs of it lifted directly from our Featured Listens column awhile back. Guess some in Conway likes what we're doing...just a we definitely like what Miss Jentry Rose is doing with her music. Do yourself a favor and go see her perform.
April 4, 2011, Conway, S.C. — Jentry Rose Luse will perform on stage on Third Avenue beginning at 7:30 p.m. during the April 7th Conway Crawl event in downtown Conway.
The 23-year-old Coastal Carolina photography student has been playing music for years, and within this past year began work on original material. Since then, she has honed her craft at various open mic nights
along the Grand Strand, including Awendaw Green and Fresh Brewed Coffeehouse. Jentry Rose is currently in the midst of writing new material and has been working on a duo project with another talented songwriter Charles Grace, who performs locally as Sleeping Policeman. Her music is acoustic Americana that falls in between folk and country with a dose of influence from iconic musicians such as James Taylor, Carly Simon and Janis Joplin.
The Conway Crawl is a venture of the Conway Tourism Committee, made of representatives of the City of Conway, Conway Main Street USA, and the Conway Chamber of Commerce, to promote extended business hours within the historic district on Thursday evenings.
During the Thursday evenings, Conway merchants offer in-store promotions, such as tastings, demonstrations, and night-owl sales, all providing evening shoppers with unique reasons to visit Conway and join the fun. Additionally, River Memories Boat Tours offers special evening tours.
More information about the Conway Crawl, as well as the performance by Jentry Rose, is available by calling (843) 248-1740.
Bamboo Forest among signees
Last week, we announced a new DIY label being run out of S.C. run by Winthrop student Zander Aycock with the help of local musician Paul McKinney.
Now the guys at Say I Wont have release a roster of 6 acts that they will represent including Myrtle Beach's own Bamboo Forest, Bracing For Impact (Rock Hill, SC), Hawaiian Shirt Day (Columbia, SC), Josh Carter (Rock Hill, SC), Plan-C (Chester, SC), and Swift Kicks (Rock Hill, SC).
Show these guys some love by coming out to support the label's Zombie Walk Pre-party at Island Bar on April 15 or go check out Bamboo Forest performing live April 17 at the Spring Broke Jam in North Myrtle Beach.