Every Monday, we help our readers get off to a musical start with five quick hits on some of the most interesting stories, sites and songs to wrap up the past 7 days and look forward to another great week:
1. News: Bitterseed busts into battle
Aynor-based hard rock band Bitterseed has claimed a spot in Thursday's Cinco de Mayo Battle of the Bands by beating out three other local bands, Jah Harvest, Bamboo Forest and Sky Falls Down, in a week-long vote.
In a very close contest, the band claimed 37.5% of the vote (137), to Jah Harvest's 31% (113) and Bamboo Forest's 29.9% (109). The group, which consists of Jon Clark (vocals), Kelly Martin (guitar), Robert Hall (drums) and Josh Strickland (bass) will now perform Thursday at 5 p.m. at Abuelo's Mexican Food Embassy to kick off an evening full of great music and competition.
The contest will also include Coman Sproles & Celtic Bluze (6 p.m.), Treehouse (7 p.m.), Eddie Ate Dynamite (8 p.m.), Prowler (9 p.m.) and Below The Bassline (10 p.m.) vying for more than $1,500 in cash and prizes.
2. Rants & Raves: Chubby a no-show for record attempt
It's been a couple days, but I'm still a bit baffled by Saturday's "world record" attempt in conjunction with Myrtle Beach's Beach Music Festival. The city bothered to drag more than 1,700 people into a fenced in area across Ocena Boulevard (where the Pavilion building used to site) only to disappoint the crowd when the R&B legend refused to come perform for the attempt.
The reason for the singer's refusal remained unclear, but my personal specualtion is that officials took so long to usher a LONG line of people through the gates into the fenced in area that by the time they had reached the magic number needed, Checker was already 1/2 way through his performance on the main stage and didn't want to disappoint the much larger crowd there. The "world record" attempt was scheduled to start at 7 p.m., but just after 7:30 p.m. WBTW/WFXB news anchor Wendi Redman came on stage to announce "some good news and bad news."
Though there were plenty of people to break the record, she announced, Checker would not be joining the crowd. Despite a valiant effort to remain peppy during a recorded version of the song, probably about half of the fenced-in folks booed and began to leave immeadiately, while others still partaked in the dance.
It's hard to tell whether Chubby himself or the organizers are to blame for the flub, but it's sad to see another case of Myrtle Beach looking as lame as ever. But, finger pointing aside it was quite funny to see disappointed folks walking out weraing shirts that WBTW had printed reading "I Twisted with Chubby Checker in Myrtle Beach! - April 30, 2011."
According to the wording on the shirt, it seems they had prepared for the possiblity of not setting the record, but not for the possibility of Checker being a no-show.
3. Shows: Mucho Machado
In addition the events we've already mentioned, there is some other mid-week action worth catching this week including:
- Melali: The Drifter Sessions featuring pro surfer Rob Machado & The Drifter Sessions Band and Wilmington's Sai Collins at the House of Blues on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. Tickets are $9.50.
- Ziggy Marley at House of Blues Thursday night at 10 p.m. Tickets are $22.40 for a four-pack.
- The guys behind Lowcountry Dubstep have started a Wednesday night Merda Beach music night at Cool Daddy's Bar & Grill on 9th Ave. N. Check it out or make a trip to Hollywood's on the Bypass Friday as DJ collective hosts its monthly Bassic Euphoria event.
- Uncle Tito's will host The Mofros and Villanova on Thursday night with a celebration beginning at 5 p.m. More details here.
4. Links: Lollapalooza, Beasties & more!
- Summer festival season is just around the corner and Lollapalooza has announced it's 2011 lineup. Check it out here and if you still haven't bought your Bonnaroo tickets, get them here.
- Listen to the new Beastie Boys album "Hot Sauce Committee Part Two" via Soundcloud.
- Go and buy Octopus Jones' new album "Treat Yourself" via iTunes or check out the photos from the album release party here.
- In case you're really afraid of you're guitar getting stolen, there's always Snagg RFID instruments.
- Steve Palisin of The Sun News talks with the Dazz Band via Kicks! Online.
- Paul Grimshaw talks about the exciting world of acoustic duos with news on Act II's original music via Weekly Surge. Also check out http://www.act2music.com/ for news on the band.
- Former K-Rae's now a new Murrells Inlet spot called The Short Bar, run by Wayne Croft with Whitey Klown as head chef. Live music to come? Check it out via MyrtleBeachRestaurantNews.com.
- It's not tunes-related, but you've gotta appriciate the pure hipster-ness of Moustache May via The Digitel.
5. Song of the week: "Adolescents"
This track from multi-platinum selling rock band Incubus, the first single of its new album "If Not Now, When?", really doesn't need any explanation. Honestly, we're such fans of the group that they could probably put out 4 minutes of static with Brandon's vocals overtop and we'd still eat it up. But in case you hadn't caught this song and it's accompanying video yet, check it out: