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: Cool Summer Evenings kicks off
For all those who think there's no culture in Myrtle Beach and the music scene is all bar bands and bad covers, Brookgreen Gardens is determined to prove you worng with another summer of its Cool Summer Evenings.
The entertainment schedule, which includes theater performances by the Theater of the Repbulic each Wednesday, Children's activities every Thursday and a concert series which runs on Friday nights kicks off this week and continues through mid-August.
The gardens' cool lush lawns and centuries-old Live Oak trees create the ultimate living stage for a variety of musical offerings which include forays into Jazz, Soul, Folk, Bluegrass, Salsa and Reggae.
All performances begin at 7 p.m. with the gardens reamining open until 9 p.m. each night. Performances are free to members and are included in regular garden admission. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to be more comfortable during the performances. No outside alcoholic beverages are permitted, and picnics must only be enjoyed at the Picnic Area near Jessamine Pond. The Pavilion Restaurant offers a Cool Summer Evenings Menu until 7 p.m., and desserts and beverage will be available for purchase on the Pavilion Patio during the concerts.
The schedule of musical performances is as follows:
- June 17th - U-N-I Jazz (Jazz)
- June 24th - Fab II (Classic Rock)
- July 1st - Jordan Gravel Jazz Combo (Jazz)
- July 8th - Big Bam Boom (Pop/Children's)
- July 15th - Elise Testone and Friends (Jazz)
- July 22nd - Blue Plantation (Bluegrass/Irish/Folk)
- July 29th - Grupo Kachimbo (Salsa)
- August 5th - Tru Sol (Funk/Soul/R&B)
- August 12th - Mystic Vibrations (Reggae)
2. Shows: Willie Nelson leads charge
This week's showgoing options on the Grand Strand are as diverse as any week you'll find in the area featuring great shows in country, rap, rock, r&b, blues and pop.
- Perhaps the week's biggest name comes in the form of country legend Willie Nelson who will perform at the House of Blues Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. The show will feature Willie Nelson & Family including Willie's son Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real. Tickets are $42-96. Also appearing at HOB this week are Easton Corbin on Thursday and Infected Mushroom on Friday. Visit HOB.com/myrtlebeach for details.
- The New Boyz, a hip-hop group known for singles "You're A Jerk," "Backseat" and "Tie Me Down," will perform Wednesday night at Kryptonite @ The Afterdeck. The group is touring to promote its new album "Too Cool to Care" and will mark the second of three shows in the Hot Summer Concert/Club Series put on by Global Groove Porudtcions. Get more details via Facebook.
- Brookyln-based rock/hip-hop band Shinobi Ninja will bring the party to the Grand Strand Thursday at the Island Bar & Grill in Surfside. The group is promoting it's debut album "Rock Hood" and will bring an energetic live show that mixes elements of funk, rock, hip-hop, metal and R&B to town. Check out our interview with Shinobi Ninja from back in February.
- Re-Fried Blues will perform live during Thursday's Conway Crawl in downtown Conway beginning around 6 p.m. Check out more details via Conway Main Street USA.
- Friday local radio staion Mix 97.7 will host 2011 Summerjam at 7 p.m. Friday at Broadway at the Beach with local act The Technicolor Void opening for Junior Doctor. Get more details on the FREE show here.
3. Sites: S.C. Band Registry
Columbia's SceneSC has started a band registry with roughly 50 groups from around the state covering various genres and band and asking fans and bands to help fill in the groups they missed.
It's a really great idea to put all the music that matters to your readers in one spot and it's something we've been wanting to do for quite some time.
Our basic thinking behind this was to provide readers with a central location to go where readers can find out about every band, bar and venue in Myrtle Beach. That way, even though someone coming in from New York or Pennsylvania may not be familiar with the local music scene, they can at least match up their tast in genre and/or drinking establishment and hopefully be able to find the music they would have missed otherwise.
Now, with a pretty extensive list of bands/musicians in hand we're doing our best to write bios, provide links and feature music from more than 200 local musicians for a new section of the site which we hope to launch in the next few weeks.
But for now, Check out SceneSC's list here and get a glimpse at the first of our "By genre" list here. If you have any feedback on what we can do to make our registry work better or would like to submit info on your band, please contact us here.
4. Links: Those Darlins head out on tour
- Nashville-based twangy rock group Those Darlins — which includes Myrtle Beach native Kelley Anderson — headed out on tour to promote their second album "Screws Get Loose" recently. Just before the group left for the coast-to-coast trip, Elle Magazine caught up with Kelley, Nikki, Jessi and drummer Linwood for a fashion-filled shopping trip. Check out the article via Elle or get their tour schedule and new album via http://thosedarlins.com/
- Paul Grimshaw worte about the recent moving of Sea Note Recordings from downtown MB to a smaller facility on Forestbrook road. Check it out via Weekly Surge.
- Find 11 of the summer's best local shows via Weekly Surge or read our full list of summer concerts both local and out of town in our Myrtle Beach Summer Concerts Calendar.
- Check out the band Sideswiped via this Youtube video and find out more about SSP Events via Facebook.
- Interesting Post and Courier article interviewing Bela Fleck about the reunion of the Original Flecktones and their new album. Check it out via PostandCourier.com.
- Coming off of last weekend's event at the Pour House, Charleston is holding a Girls Rock summer camp for female musicians July 18-23. Check out details via http://www.girlsrockcharleston.org/.
5. Song of the Week: "We Will Remain"
This week's track comes from Charleston-based funk/rock/soul act Ben Fagan and the Holy City Hooligans, who performed one of their first gigs in the area Friday night at the Hot Fish Club in Murrells Inlet. We were on hand to catch some of their set and were very impressed by the fusion of laid-back acoustics, soulful vocals and funky rhymes and rhythyms which the band put on.
In addition to plenty of high-energy covers of Sublime, Blackstreet and other, the band unleashed some awesome originals from their album "The Freestyle Sessions 1." Check out the song below or read up on the band (and their front man's past as a "Pirate Master") at http://www.benfaganmusic.com/