The Myrtle Beach native — who now tours nearly full-time handling money and merchandise for various hardcore bands — has brought together a lineup that includes local legends Hundredth (fresh off a European tour), The Classic Struggle, Choose Your Weapon, American Soil, Broadcast, Eva and All For All.
“As positive as it is for the scene to renew itself, it tends to leave the older crowd a bit jaded,” Harris said. “I feel like those bands playing old sets was vital to the nostalgic feeling I wanted this show to bring.”
Harris noted he is rarely in town anymore and that his motivation in doing a birthday show was to get a lot of the kids he grew up with psyched about going to a show again.
A run of reunions
The feeling of nostalgia is a powerful one, and this town has been ripe with reunions lately, with bands such as The Beatholes and Jerk and Destroy regrouping for shows.
And though it’s a market that has to be sure not to overstay its welcome, the idea of local bands getting together once a year to put on a show seems to be a relatively sustainable one.
“I think that a solid show like this would do well every year. As long as there is a consistent love for music and urge to relive your glory days, there will be a solid draw for a show like this one,” Harris said.
Oftentimes, the music scene in Myrtle Beach is criticized for dying out, with naysayers claiming that the people who used to go to shows all the time no longer care, however, Harris views this simply as regeneration.
“When I was young, I never understood why the older dudes in the scene before me were so bitter. Why they were so over everything. Why they wanted to move on, now I understand,” he said.
“It’s not that the scene has turned into something horrible, it has moved on to the next stage in its cycle. New kids. New bands. New ethics. Starting from the ground up. It’s a whole new growing process for a new group of kids.”
“It’s hard to swallow as being something positive, but the scene just doesn’t come to a halt.”
Moving beyond the past
Harris is happy with what his generation accomplished, and wants to ensure that the next generation will be able to enjoy shows just as he did.
“I did what a could for my scene, and my generation,” he said. “So did the Cribbs, Scott Smallin, The Struggle dudes, and Michael Wood, and a ton of others did what they could for their scene, who I owe a ton to, just as my little brother and sister’s generation will do for theirs. How could I look down on that?”
With integral parts of the music scene such as The Lazy I, Limelight, The Social and The Basement shut down, few would argue that the lack of a dedicated venue in Myrtle Beach has hurt the scene’s ability to grow. Still, Harris is hopeful that something else will come along, and that there is still the possibility of something great.
“A lack of venue is keeping that scene from having a location to grow. The fact that there is even a scene at all, let alone a thriving one, shows its potential. It’s obvious they have a drive to be a part of something, they make an effort. ” Harris said.
Throughout the good and the bad, Harris and many others look back on their time spent building a scene as some of the best of their lives, and cannot wait to relive those days this Saturday.
“Those were the best days of my life, and I’m sure a ton of other people feel the same, so we did something right,” he said. “Nothing lasts forever. Even if we did things differently, it’d end at some point.”
The show is this Saturday, June 4 at the Peanut Warehouse, 203 Main St., Conway. There is an $8 cover charge. Doors are at 6pm and the show will begin at 6:30, details can also be found at the Facebook event page.