With the weather as beautiful as ever and the calendar having made the turn toward spring this week, we thought now would be a great time to look forward to the next few months and some of the amazing live music events coming up this season.
Here’s a list of the 10 best shows in the Myrtle Beach area this Spring:
10. Equinox Art & Music Festival
Conway Farmers Market, downtown Conway, conwayartdistrict.blogspot.com
What better way to kick off spring than a true celebration of the season with music and art? Saturday, Conway will come alive with live music from some of the area’s best singer-songwriters including Coman Sproles, Randall Hill, Dan Barnhart, Matt Parris, Jesse Uzzel, Gray Click, Candice Marotta, Charles Grace, Brian Roessler. The afternoon will be topped off with a performance by longtime local pop group Wicked Gift.
9. Little Texas
Rodeo Bar & Grill, Broadway at the Beach, www.rodeomb.com
Helping Christen Broadway’s hottest new club will be the first nationally-known act to hit the bar’s revamped stage, 90s country act Little Texas. With nearly a dozen Top 10 country hits under their belts including “Some Guys Have All The Love,” “God Blessed Texas,” and “My Love” this reunited veteran act is sure to put on a great show.
8. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
The Boathouse Waterway Bar & Grill, boathousemb.com
Though there’s a ton going on at this waterfront venue — including Coyote Country Fridays and a steady stream on exciting off-night shows — the Summer Concert Series still rules the roost when it comes to drawing droves of enthusiastic fans. Of the backyard shows that have been announced, the one that stuck out as most interesting is this appearance by this Florida-based Screamo band known for it’s 2006 hit “Face Down” and a string of successful rock albums.
Other upcoming Sunday Funday dates including Almost Kings (April 8), Ballyhoo! (May 6) and Sunny Ledfurd (May 27) and The Gourds (May 7) and Fiction 20 Down (May 3) are planned for inside shows this spring.
7. Neon Trees & AWOLNATION
House of Blues, hob.com/myrtlebeach
A week before their second album “Picture Show” is scheduled to hit streets, pop/rock band Neon Trees will headline a House of Blues show presented by local rock station WKZQ 96.1. The band, which broke through in 2010 with the smash hit “Animal,” will be accompanied by KZQ favorite AWOLNATION who will appear in Myrtle Beach for the third time in less than two years performing tracks from the album “Megalithic Symphony.”
Other notable shows at HOB this spring include Blue October (March 31), the Monday After the Masters Kickoff Jam with Sister Hazel & Javier Colon (April 7), Candlebox w/ IAMDYNAMITE (April 14), Steel Pulse & SOJA (See Below), GWAR (April 20), Delbert McClinton (April 28), Steel Panther (May 10) and Collective Soul (May 13).
6. Earth Day Music Festival
Grand Park at The Market Common, http://edmf.wordpress.com/
This annual festival got the shaft last year when the threat of tornadoes forced it indoors instead of downtown on the Pavilion grounds, but now back for its fifth year and at its original location organizers have high hopes that this will be the biggest one yet.
Keeping a green theme with environmentally-aware vendors, artists and performers the musical lineup features a number of great acts including Sideways Derby, Bullfrog, Wilmington’s Sai Collins, Strike-O-Matics, Treehouse!, Downtribe and Atlanta-based acoustic artist Soulful~I.
5. Murrells Inlet Rockabunny Rumble
Suck Bang Blow & The Beaver Bar, www.rockabunnyrumble.com
Something truly different for our area is this Easter Weekend event that bills itself as “3 Days of Rat Rods & Bikes, Pin-up Girls, Tattoos, Monster Chops, and Rockabilly Music!” Taking place across two of the south end’s hottest biker bars, this event will feature combination of Rockabilly and country tunes.
Entertainment includes Charlie Brewer (classic country) and Skye Paige & The Original Recipes (Rockabilly) on Friday and JT & The Dragpipes (Rockabilly), Justin Moore (Country) and MOTORBILLY! (Pyschobilly) on Saturday.
4. Myrtle Beach Zombie Walk
The Sound Hole, Downtown Myrtle Beach, myrtlebeachzombiewalk.info
For the fifth anniversary of this awesome charity event — this year benefitting Project Lighthouse — the Myrtle Beach Zombie Walk V: The Apocalypse will celebrate all things undead with a number of events across a weekend full of fun.
The walk itself will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday, but musical performances will kick off Thursday with a showing of two independent films "The Zombie Movie" & "Kill Syndrome 2" and a performance by punk band Treephort. Friday will see a pre-party with 11 bands across various genres performing indoors and outdoors at The Sound Hole downtown. The action will wrap up with a trifecta of after parties on Saturday featuring more than 40 bands in all.
Full weekend passes to what’s sure to be one of the loudest events of the season are $10 and entry to the walk is a $5 donation.
3. Steel Pulse & SOJA
House of Blues, Barefoot Landing, www.hob.com/myrtlebeach
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!
Tickets are on sale now online and are $22 in advance or $25 day of show.
2. Myrtle Beach spring bike rallies
All over the Grand Strand, myrtlebeachbikeweek.com
It’s undeniable that the spring Harley-Davidson Rally and Atlantic Beach Bikefest are the premier events of the season along the Grand Strand. From the dueling SBB locations and Beaver Bar on the south end to HB Spokes and downtown Atlantic Beach up north, there’s non-stop live music in and around these two events which run in succession and serve as the unofficial kickoff to summer in Myrtle Beach.
Nailing down specifics on who’s performing where and when can be a tough task and is an always evolving affair, but check out this list of entertainment from last year’s rally for a good idea of what to expect for 2012.
1. Beach Blast Music Festival
Former Pavilion lot, downtown Myrtle Beach, www.beachblastfest.com
With half a dozen nationally-known acts, this celebration of Christian music is way more than just a day full of singing about God.
It’s one of the most professionally-produced and enjoyable musical events you’ll find along our stretch of sand and it’s something that any music fan can enjoy.
With the wide-ranging appeal of superstars such as TobyMac and Third Day, as well as awesome acts like hard rockers RED, pop/rock group Royal Tailor, singer-songwriter Jamie Grace, hip-hop emcee KJ-52 and speaker Nick Hall, there’s a ton to like about this lineup and the fans — more than 5,000 in attendance to last year’s event — are some of the nicest and most devoted you’ll find anywhere.
The Next 10
There's so much happening that we couldn't cram them all in to the above list, so here's another list of 10 shows worth checking out this season:
• Surfrider Foundation Surf & Skate Expo - Sunday, Murrells Inlet Marshwalk: First-ever expo and Fish Taco Cookoff featuring Below the Bassline, Downtribe, Skitch, Strike O Matics and TreeHouse!
• Nappy Roots: March 31, The Boathouse Waterway Bar & Grill - The “AwwNaw” Hip-hoppers return to the Boathouse after a big show last fall.
• NORML Inaugural Rally: March 31, Suck Bang Blow Original - Local chapter host membershipo drive and fundraiser with performances by Flick-It, Jah Harvest, Profit and the Fam, and Lunar Fizz
• The Beatholes & Octopus Jones: April 6, Pirate’s Cove Lounge - Two of the area’s most popular, danceable rock bands join forces for a show to remember in North Myrtle.
• S.C. Underground Music Awards: April 21, Base Recreation Center, Market Common - Second annual local hip-hop awards show event featuring performances by Dominant, Two of A Kind, Apollo, GQ, Dizzel, TeamE & Kid Nation.
• "Girls Night" Singer-Songwriter Showcase: April 28, Fresh Brewed Coffee House - An all-female night of song with some of the area’s most talented ladies including Claudia Gregory, Candice Marotta, Emily Schrag, Jesse Uzzel and Exhaust The Fox.
• Mayfest on Main: May 12, Main Street, North Myrtle Beach - Featuring notable 80s group Night Ranger, Funk band Project 7ven and Beach favorites The Might Mighty Tams.
• American Aquarium: May 5, Oceanfront Bar & Grill - Raleigh-based Alt-Country group makes its first trip to the beach this year for a rockin’ Cinco De Mayo Bash.
• Weaving The Fate: May 26, Hot Fish Club - Universal Republic recording artists Weaving The Fate (formerly Villanova) make their first trip to the beach this year with their sights set on rockin’ the house with new tunes from their upcoming major label debut album.
• Myrtle Beach Battle of the Bands: June 14-29, The Sound Hole - Spanning the transition from spring to summer is this no-nonsense competition featuring 25 of the area’s best acts. Five bands per night for five nights of music and the finals on June 29.