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: Blue Dogs coming to Dead Dog
We're just about a month away from the summer's next big celebration, Independence Day, and things are starting to shape up musically for the long, holiday weekend. Surely there will be a ton going on all over town, but two recently-announced events at Dead Dog Saloon and Valor Park stuck out to us.
The Marshwalk will be hopping for it's annual Boat Parade on July 4, but the musical celebration starts early this year as the Dead Dog Saloon will bring in legendary S.C. musicians the Blue Dogs on July 1 at 8 p.m. This longtime Roots rock act will kick off a weekend full of entertainment at Dead Dog with its first-ever performance at the Inlet's musical mainstay.
Other acts include Josh Brannon Band (July 2), Soul Function (July 3) and Painted Man (July 4).
Music manager John Cambell says that though this will be his first time seeing the Charleston-based group, he's excited about a chance to follow up on a string of successful shows with bigger names this year including The Gourds and Jason Isbell.
"They all have loved playing our stage, with the smaller, intimate feel and great crowds. This should be a great one as well," he said.
Visit DeadDogSaloon.com for details.
2. News: Bikini Fashion show lights up July 4
Also set to light up the stage this Independence Day is an event called Bikini Fantasy Rockin' The Park For Abandonded Animals, which will take place from 4-7 p.m. on July 4 at Valor Park at The Market Common.
This fundraiser event organized by local musician Joe Anderson (Stealing Anger) will benefit the Grand Strand Humane Society by combining local music and a bikini fashion show from local designer Kirsti Grinna's K.G.B. Swimwear.
The lineup for this event starts off smooth with local singer-songwriter Chris King performing at 4 p.m. and then amps up a notch with local rockers One Dragon at 5 p.m. before capping off the evening with its main event. At 7 p.m., local hard rock band Stealing Anger will take the stage performing along with a spectacularly choreographed hour-long fashion show of Bikini models from Charleston and Myrtle Beach rockin’ the runway.
And as if bikinis and rock music weren't enough reason to go check it out, ListenUp will be sponsoring and covering the event live, so come out and say hi!
For additional information please contact Joe Anderson at 843-222-7428 or Like the event on Facebook.
3. Show Roundup: Get your 'Birthday Sex' fill
Here's a look at some of the best upcoming events happening this week on the Grand Strand:
- Acoustic Reggae/Hip-hop band Pasadena will make the trip from Baltimore, Md., to perform at Droopy's Tuesday night beginning at 9 p.m. with rock/hip-hop fusion duo Bond & Bentley opening. Check out more on Pasadena here or Bond & Bentley here.
- GlobalGroove Productions proudly presents The Hot Summer Concert/Club Series kicking off Wednesday night at Kryptonite @ The Afterdeck, 9719 North Kings Highway, featuring Def Jam recording artist Jeremih. Known for hits smash hit "Birthday Sex" as well as the track "Down On Me" with 50 Cent, the R&B singer will kick off a party which will go until 4 a.m. with Maxim Magazine DJ Dirty Thirty (who is at HOB's Club Glow Global tonight) and drink specials all night long ($1.50 draft, $3.50 vodka). The event will continue the next week with New Boyz on June 15. Details via Facebook.
- Local electronic DJs Lowcountry Dubstep will host Boosh's Birthday Bash Friday at Hollywood's Bar & Grill. The party will feature performances by the usual suspects from the LCD crew as well as a special guest pappearance by Massachutesetts MC Elijah Divine performing a solo hip-hop set. Check out more details via Facebook.
- Suck Bang Blow 4 Corners will continue it's Suck Bang Blow Gone Country Concert Series Saturday. The event kicked off June 4 with Jamie O'Neil and Brad Henley. Visit SuckBangBlow.com for more details.
4. Links: "Will Play For Food," Slick Rick & More
- Star Music in association with Street Reach Ministries is happy to announce the first annual “Will Play for Food” food drive. Anyone who brings in a non-perishable food item will get 10% off anything in stock between June 6-11. Call Star Music at 843-448-2819 or visit them online.
- Bikefest may be over, but word has it Sharper Than Life Ent. is organizing an event with hip-hop legends Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh performing in the heart of Atlantic Beach, perhaps within the month. Details are still a bit sketchy at this point, but stay tuned for an announcement via Facebook in the next few days.
- Local musician Jim Quick, best known for his Beach music with Jim Quick & Coastline, has a new single "Down South," a country-flavored number which has been released with a big time CMT music video set to debut in the next few weeks. Check it out online here.
- Speaking of Beach music, we have been doing a little research into the genre the past few weeks and have found a couple interesting sites worth checking out. Beach Music Online has a pretty extensive list of bands in the genre and their upcoming schedules. Check it out here. Also, if you haven't seen the Beach Music Hall of Fame site, it's pretty awesome, even if you're not a big fan of the genre.
- Couple new local songs to check out including "Sense" by The IZM, who we featured last week, "Party (Live It Up)" by south end hip-hopper Jahh and Cotty's "Time" produced by Lil' Z.
5. Song of the Week: "Sunset in July"
One of our favorite bands on all-time, 311, has a new single hitting the airwaves this week in preparation for their 10th studio alum "Universal Pulse" which is out July 19. Check it out below and go back and read our interview with Nick Hexum from when the band played HOB last fall.