There's so much going on here in Myrtle Beach music that it can be tough to sort through it all. That's why each week, we scour the live music listings locally and give our picks for an event you can attend each night of the week. Our choices not quite your taste? That's OK. Just click over to the calendar page for a larger listing of all the happenings around town.
TUESDAY • APRIL 17
Singing In The Sun
• Where: Myrtle Beach Convention Center, 2101 N. Oak St.
• When: Tuesday through Saturday at 6:30 p.m. each night
• Cost: $20.50-$27.50 nightly; three, four and five-night packages available.
It's not often we mention Gospel music here at ListenUp, but when it's an event the size of Singing In The Sun it's a little hard to overlook. This five-day festival of some of the genre's best is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a show to remember at the Convention Center. Packing the opening night's lineup will be the Hoppers, Gold City, Jeff & Sherri Easter and the Harvesters along with guest speaker Dr. David Jeremiah. The rest of the week features no less than four musical acts each night, highlighted by a Friday performance from Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder on Friday night. (Full Details)
Also check out: Musicians ought to check out Open Jam with the ATM Band at Stool Pigeons, while acoustic fans may want to try Wilmington's Routine Man at Fresh Brewed Coffee House.
WEDNESDAY • APRIL 18
Ten Toes Up
• Where: Bourbon Steet, 5307 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach
• When: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
• Cost: Free
There's a pretty good chance you don't need us to tell you why you ought to go party with Ten Toes Up, one of the area's best rock bands, on Wednesday night at Bourbon Street. But in case you need another excuse: The boys just raised $20,000 through Kickstarter for a new album and will be recording in Nashville soon...so get on out while they're still working out the new material and see if you can get them to write you a song about you for the new album (they just might...for the right price.) Details.
Also try: Boom Boom's Raw Bar takes a break from the Beach-heavy lineup to let local Blues musician Greg Bowman take a crack at it.
THURSDAY • APRIL 19
Steel Pulse & SOJA
• Where: House of Blues, Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach
• When: 8 p.m.
• Cost: Tickets are on sale now online and are $22 in advance or $25 day of show.
Celebrate 4/20 early with what could be the biggest Reggae show of the year in Myrtle Beach featuring international Roots Reggae legends Steel Pulse headlining at House of Blues, with support from the nationally-touring SOJA and Myrtle Beach’s own Treehouse! (Details)
Also try: Check out the brand new duo Nick & The Animal featuring Josh "Animal" Gregory of Ten Toes Up at Hot Fish Club or head up to Club 2001 to kick off Spring SOS with national act Nantucket.
FRIDAY • APRIL 20
• Where: Borgata Bar, 813 Surfside Dr., Surfside Beach
• When: 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.
• Cost: $5 Cover
Sure there's a lot going on, but I'll be damned if this 4/20 baby — yes, it's really my birthday — is picking anything other than Borgata's full-on celebration of this special day. Jam-packed with eight great Reggae and Hip-Hop bands, giveaways from local smoke shops and more, this is a great chance to go an hang at one of the scene's under appreciated venues for live music. The lineup includes: Skitch (3 p.m), Greenville's Sun-Dried Vibes (5:30 p.m.), Wilmington's Elation (8 p.m.), local cover act Fireshot (9 p.m), Below the Bassline (10 p.m.), Hip-Hop duo Two of a Kind (11:30 p.m.), Shamroc - N - DJ QP (midnight) and TreeHouse! (12:30 a.m.).
Also try: Beer lovers have a pair of tasting/music events to check out including the "Very Jerry" Ale tapping party with entertainment by Brother Esau (Grateful Dead Tribute) fro 6-9 p.m at Lisberty Steakhouse at Broadway at the Beach, while Crafty Rooster will host its Spring Beerfest Friday and Saturday with 100+ beers and live music from Southern Blue & more!
SATURDAY • APRIL 21
Myrtle Beach Zombie Walk
• Where: Donwtown Myrtle Beach, The Sound Hole & Victory Tavern
• When: Noon to 2 a.m.
• Cost: $5 cover, $10 for weekend pass
This one's a no-brainer! Get it? Zombies will eat your brains...ahh, OK I'll shut up now. But with more than 40 bands in many genres ranging from rock to hip-hop to metal and acoustic, there's no greater bang for your buck than the 5th annual Zombie Walk and its dueling post-parties on Saturday. (Read full article here.)
Also try: There are a ton of ways to celebrate your Saturday: Pay your respects to Mother Earth and hear a day's worth of live music at the Earth Day Music Fest; Party your ass off at the Sold Out Barstool Blackout Tour show at House of Blues; Check out some of the area's best hip-hop acts at the 2nd annual South Carolina Underground Music Awards; Get your grass on at Rivertown Bluegrass Society's monthly jam; See Country star Aaron Tippin at Alabama Theatre...I could go on. But I won't.
SUNDAY • APRIL 15
Spring Tide Clean-Up
• Where: Hot Fish Club
• When: Music starts at 1 p.m.
• Cost: Free for participants; must be part of clean-up to attend
It's Earth Day Sunday, so why not celebrate by participating in the 21st Annual Spring Tide Clean-Up in Murrells Inlet, where you can spend your morning doing your part for the environment and spend the afternoon chowing down on some good eats and jamming with last year's Grand Strand's Best Cover Band, legendary local act The Mullets. (Details)
Also try: Spend a smooth Sunday afternoon as the The Cultural Council of Georgetown County celebrates its relocation with a "Welcome To Front Street" party featuring live Jazz from the Denny Hess Jazz Trio. Party with Reggae rockers Passafire at The Boathouse's Backyard Summer Concert Series.