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: Myrtle Beach Music Meet-up
We've been working for months to convince folks online that "Myrtle Beach Music Is Not Dead" and now one local musician has taken that sentiment a step further.
The first-ever Myrtle Beach Music Scene Meet-Up, will take place July 8 at 1 p.m. It will be held in the performance room at Star Music Co., 801 Broadway St., Myrtle Beach (next to the MB Train Depot).
This event is he brainchild of local musician Paul McKinney. McKinney has played music in the area for about 5 years with bands such as Global Coolers & Laissez Faire and also is part of indie record label Say I Won't Records out of Rock Hill. He created the event as a way to give back to the local music community before leaving to attend University of South Carolina in the fall. Of course, once we heard what McKinney was doing, ListenUp had to jump on board to help promote the event, which will be hosted by Say I Won't Records.
This meet-up was designed as a way to get local musicians out from behind their computers and away from their nighttime gigs so that they can actually interact in person, share some of their knowledge and network. It will be set up as a roundtable discussion, with a panel of promoters, booking agents/club owners, media members and veteran musicians with the goal of identifying some of the issues which are holding back the local music scene.
In addition to dicussing the problems at hand, attendees will be asked to share some of their success stories about things that are working locally and how these ideas can be applied to different genres or groups within the music community. It will be a great chance for younger musicians to interact with more experienced members of the music community and get to know them on a personal level, while also providing a chance for veteran musicians to get some fresh ideas and see what the future of Myrtle Beach music looks like.
2. Shows: Psycho circus invades Island tonight
Here's our weekly rundown of suggested shows you may want to check out this week:
The circus is back in town tonight as Viva le Vox brings some tunes back from the grave to dance with the spirits at Island Bar in Surfside. Bring your voodoo dolls and glowsticks to see Island bar lit up with madness and hear bass lines that reach six feet below. Flying high from the top ropes, local hard rock group Rabble N Rebellion returns to Myrtle Beach after a series of road adventures, to bring you their rebel that flips good sensibility and twists the mind. Straight off your friends couch and into the Freak tent, The Slobz, perform amazing feats of punk rock to captivate your sickest thoughts. More details via Facebook.
Also tonight, if the club scene is more your thing, Club Glow Global continues it summer-long run at HOB with an Arctic Island Theme Party. Bacardi will transform the House of Blues into an arctic wonderland and an island getaway at the same time complete with the Bacardi models in themed outfits, ice luge shots, the HOB choreography on stage and DJ Christian Slick. Dress in all white, beach attire or all white beach attire to participate! More details via Facebook.
Local favorites Ten Toes Up will perform at Bourbon Street at 9 p.m. Wednesday. With it being a holiday weekend, we're sure the folks at Bourbon Street have more up their sleeve as well, so stay tuned to their Facebook page.
After playing Rosa Linda's last Friday, Raleigh-based Alt Country band American Aquarium will return for a couple of dates on the Grand Strand this week, performing at Hot Summer Nights in Plyler Park on Thursday night at 8 p.m. and again at Oceanfront Bar & Grill on Friday at 8 p.m. If you've not had a chance to see these guys, it's worth your time to get out and do so. It's a young and fresh twist on country/rock music in the vein of John Mellancamp, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan or Tom Petty.
Friday night, Dead Dog Saloon will kick off four straight days of Independence Day celebration with Charleston-based musical favorites the Blue Dogs performing at 8 p.m. In addition, Josh Brannon Band will perform Saturday at 8 p.m., Soul Function at 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday will be the Murrells Inlet Boat Parade at 10 a.m., followed by Painted Man at 8 p.m. and a fireworks display at 10 p.m. Details via deaddogsaloon.com
3. Links: Get wet and listen to music
- Wild Water & Wheels has once again started its Live After Five events, which offers live music at the water park every Friday. Check out details via wild-water.com.
- Weaving The Fate (formerly known as Villanova) will perform Saturday and Sunday at Uncle Tito's in Murrells Inlet. Check out details via Facebook.
- The latest edition of the Vine Music Series will be at Fresh Brewed Coffeehouse this Friday. Check out details via Facebook.
- Check out new music from Beyonce, Curren$y, Taking Back Sunday and 100 Monkeys (who will be at HOB on July 23) via AOL Music.
- Weekly Surge has done something different with its Hot Trax Music Player. Check out local tunes from Confliction, Brian Roesseler...and of course Brainsquid & Kent Kimes. Click here.
- N.C.-based Reggae musician Matt Irie will be in town July 24, opening for Ballyhoo! at the Boathouse. Check him out now on Facebook.
4. Songs of the week: "Meet Your Ghost"
Cleveland-born, Brooklyn-based duo The KickDrums has been near the top of our charts when it comes to fresh new sounds lately and thus we thought we'd share the wealth before the release of the new LP "Meet Your Ghost" tomorrow on on Last Gang Records.
5. Video: "Behind The Mask Project"
Since his death, fans of the King of Pop have gotten plenty of new material from the late great Michael Jackson, but few things have been cooler than this video which was compiled from the MJ camp completely through fan-submitted material through Facebook and social media.
Check out the video or log onto FB and become the music legend's roughly 37 millionth fan.