The acoustic artist, who was born in Savannah and grew up just across the bridge from Hilton Head in Bluffton, S.C., spoke with ListenUp recently to discuss his musical upbringing, his role as a father and where he fits into the musical landscape. Here’s what he had to say:
How did you get into to playing that type of music?
How would you compare Hilton Head and that area’s music scene to what you’ve seen in Myrtle Beach?
When you get out and tour other places what do you think people’s perception is of the music scene in our region?
I don’t know, but I do know that for me it seems like the further away from home I get the bigger I am.
I think that in South Carolina, you know, people are more likely to just listen to straight up country music and just music that they know. So if your a country act or even a metal act you might be able to make a following, but what I do is completely original.
When I first started going up north I noticed that people really grabbed on tow what I was doing and there I just didn’t have to work as hard for it – to feel the love – as I did down south.
But that’s really a recurring theme throughout time. For so many Southern artists that’s just how it is. Jimi Hendrix got no love down here until he started touring overseas, James Brown didn’t really get it here until he started going up north and Ray Charles is from here but he didn’t really make it in the south until he started, you know, playing in N.Y.
You have a young daughter at home. Has having a child changed the way your write songs or even the way you approach the music business in general?
Yeah it changes you, and all the parents know that it changes the way you do everything, it changes you a lot more than your 21st birthday.
It changes your perspective about things, because I really believe that our purpose on earth is to serve others and having a child to depend on you, it give you this opportunity to really step up or — even to falter. But it opens your eyes to what you’re really supposed to be doing here.
With a show here and then a few in Georgia this week, will you get a chance to get home and see your family and folks back there?
Yeah, I’m actually at home in Savannah today. And personally, I don’t want to leave today. I’m a little under weather and the last thing I want to do get on the road and drive six hours to play a show, but I will be back one day next week and it’s all just part of the gig. But yeah, I’d rather be here for sure.
Your sound is very unique and mixes alot of different genres. Was that something that came naturally over time or did you kind of struggle to find the mix that was right for you?
I always played in bands that I wasn’t made out for. Like rock bands where I was the one one playing acoustic guitar.
My first band was just me and my brother — me on guitar and him on drums. But the second band I got into was a touring motown band and so I got to play alot of that Motown music and a lot of dance music that was fun.
From there I pretty bounced around and did my own thing and eventually got the point where I got sick of electric guitars altogether and I wanted to find really find my own style of guitar so that when you heard it played you knew you it and know its me. I got so fed up with certain tones, I just sold all my guitar stuff and bought a nylon string acoustic and I didn’t even play with a pick for I’d say my first 8 years.
How did you decide to add the loop machine in as a part of what you were doing and what do you think using that tool has done to help your music?
It’s kinda molded my career really. But thing you gotta understand is that it wasn't a decision, I just had band memebrs that couldn’t make it alot and I wanted to still put on a show, so I had a delay pedal and just decided try to some sort of loops and see what I could do.
It was really just a case of I was just the most committed person in my band. But I did it and people really liked, but I thought it really sucked. I was kinda like “If they’re into this, I wonder what they’ll think when it actually sounds good?”
But that was so long ago, probably 8-9 years ago. I did it on the side and then it just became part of what I do. But I still love playing with a band. The machine has its benefits and its limitations.
It’s kinda hard to put a finger on exactly where you fit in musically. How do you generally describe your music to people who haven’t heard it?
I don’t like to get into the genres, because once something makes its mark it becomes its own genre. But what I do in a nutshell is soul music, its something music deeper than flesh and bones, its something feels good and rejuvenates you and is positive.
I think that’s what music is for. Celebration and reflection and seeing the good things in life. And these days I feel like I’m one of the last people to play music to lift people up, and makes it to try and improve life for others.
If I wasn’t doing that and trying make a difference, I’d probably just have to quit and stay home.
In visiting your website I noticed you use the tagline “Island infused Drum-n-Bass, Gospel Ninja Soul” Did you come up with that?
Yeah. That’s something we came up with that in a weird way describes what we do and its kind perfect for me. The “Island infused Drum-n-Bass” kind describes the sound, “Ninja” just means that it’s kinda funny and I definitely go there and get retarted on stage sometimes, and the “Gospel” is just that soul part of going deeper with the music.
Plus, it’s definitely eye-catching and makes people think.
What are you working on right now as far as a new album goes?
Right now we have two things in can and we’re just working on marketing and all that. One is a DVD that I think we’re going to call “Zach Deputy’s House Party” and the new album is finished and will be called “Another Year” and we hope to have that out early next year.
What can people who come see you tonight expect from a Zach Deputy live show?
Expect, uh ... I hate promoting for myself, I hate trying to building myself up. It’s just a positive vibe and something to get you moving. It’s food for the soul.
Halloween has long since passed, but never a place to the let seasons get in the way of interesting music on the local scene Drink! will once again bring a group of masked marauders to town as Grave Robber performs tonight with Bitterseed.
For those not familiar with Grave Robber, the name and a stage presence — which includes band members named Wretched, Carcass, Lamentor and Plague performing in demon masks and fake blood-spattered outfits — might have you thinking their music lies in the hardcore death metal genre. However, the Fort Wayne, IN-based quartet's sound actually lies more squarely in the punk/hard rock realm with tunes in the vein of The Misfits or Danzig.
A horror-theme permeates throughout the bands song and overall aura, but the music itself is surprisingly subdued. Songs such as "Fill This Place With Blood," "Rigor Mortis" and "I'm Possesed" are actually well composed punk rock efforts that are much less obnoxious musically than their titles would have you believe.
It's an odd contrast to the group's in-your-face and occasionally overwhelming image, but it's something that seems to work for an act with two full-length releases under their belts that has had success touring down the east coast and through the midwest.
In addtion, the show will feature local rock/hardcore act Bitterseed as an opening act. The Aynor quartet, which consists of Jon Clark (Vocals), Bob Hall (Drums), Kelly Martin (Guitar) and Josh Strickland (Bass) has been playing in the area for more than two years, soldiering on to continue to make the music they love despite numerous lineup change.
Their sound covers the spectrum of rock from an occasional acoustic rock piece to all-out hardcore screaming. It's a bit hard to pin down, but is probably best experienced by listening to their music on Facebook or Myspace.
Listen to "Opening Up"
The show will begin at 9 p.m. tonight with a $5 cover to get in. Check out Drink! on Facebook for more details.
Ten Toes Up has never been a conventional band. With a funk-infused, percussion-driven sound and the group mentality of a band of brothers, this unique rock group has long been known as one of the area's most popular original acts.
Saturday, the band will once again forego conventional wisdom by attempting to wake a sleeping lion with one of the biggest parties Murells Inlet has ever seen.
In celebration of the band's third full-length release "Sleeping Lion" the quartet will perform with two other area favorites, The Necessary Band and The Mullets, for an evening full of music at the Hot Fish Club.
In preparation for the event, ListenUp recently sat down with BJ Craven, Charles Freeman, Joshua Gregory and Adam Miller to discuss the album, the local music scene and their plans for the future.
Myrtle Beach Music: Ten Toes Up performs at Dead Dog Saloon
Tell us a little about the new album. What does it sound like?
Charles: It'll sound different immediately to folks because we had never hired an album producer and we did for this album. We brought in Danielle Howle, who is really a staple on the S.C. music scene, I think that a lot of her ideas are apparent on the album and I really think it sounds a lot different than our first two records. We spent a lot more time producing it this time.
BJ: Producing it for the better that is. Not over-producing.
Charles: Yeah, well our first record was done in three days, so there was no production at all. Our second record we spent a little more time, but we were still just doing it ourselves and we didn't have much experience. This one we tried to make something that is going to compete — sound wise — with anything else you might hear out there.
How has your music changed since your last release?
Josh: We're getting better at writing songs. When you start writing as a group of people it takes awhile to figure out what to do and how to mesh everybody's view into it.
Now we're figuring that out, it's like 'Ok, you write really good lyrics. You do that.' Everybody is finding their role now and that's something that takes awhile to do as a group.
You see those other groups that are "The Such and Such Band" and the reason is because there's one guy that comes in and writes all the songs and comes in and says play it like this. That's doesn't happen in this band, everything is a true collaboration.
Adam: I think everyone has kinda had to humble themselves a little bit too because sometimes your idea doesn't work and that's what's best for the song. When we first started we'd get pissed off because it didn't work the way we wanted and now we're getting better at letting go of ideas to put something else into it.
What are your hopes for this album?
Josh: (Laughs) I'd say world domination. That's the next step.
BJ: Well it's all about publicity. We have something we believe is very good, so now there are people's who job it is to get that to the right ears. Our next step is finding the radio stations and other publicity outlets, because you know, we want people to hear this.
It's part of thinking of it like a business. Now that you have this product, we're going to try to get it to as many people as possible and it takes a lot to be able to do that. We've tried last time to do it ourselves and found out just how tough it can be.
Myrtle Beach Music: Ten Toes Up's BJ Craven talks with a fan during a show at Dead Dog Saloon
You guys have built a great following locally. What will it take to reach beyond this area?
BJ: The second you stop being hungry is the second you start going backwards and our goal never was to just have a great fanbase locally. It's been a great place to start with all the great local bands and things, but the next step for us is to take it to a bigger market.
Charles: These days you really have to think outside the box. There aren't just rockstars getting discovered in the garage and becoming huge overnight. It's just not happening like that. You gotta pay for it and put in the work.
And it's more that just music. Josh has been our ambassador for thinking of these out of the box ways to market through things like the Kickstarter and Facebook and find different ways to reach the crowd.
Adam: Like the clothing line.
That's right, the band has a tie-in with Tiki Jims to sell your CDs and shirts. How did that come about?
Josh: It was an idea of a friend of ours — one of our biggest fans. She loved the "Carolina Mess" song and it was one of those half-drunk ideas like 'What if we put this on a T-shirt and see how it goes?' And it just blew up immediately.
It's something where until we have investors and a label backing us, we have to come up with our own money. And none of us are rich so we had to think of a way to make money other than just playing music, because we're already doing that five nights a week.
You may be working five nights a week now, but did you have trouble finding work and surviving the offseason when you first started doing this?
Adam: Shoot, we still struggle. We're not looking forward to November right now. Every one of us is broke in the winter.
Charles: We have had a good amount of success locally, but it's funny how many people think we're making big money. We invest pretty much every bit of what we make back into the business. There hasn't been financial success yet, but we all believe in this and have invested in it and hopefully that will come later.
BJ: We all try to stay on the same page as far as that goes. This is not easy and we all make sacrifices daily to do this because we have faith in it that in the end it will pay off. We know we're paying our dues still and we're all on board for working to become what we think we can be. But we know we're not there yet.
Myrtle Beach Music: Band manager and sound engineer Seth Funderburk looks on as Tne Toes Up performs at Dead Dog Saloon.
What do you think of our local music scene and the opportunities it has offered the band?
Adam: We have some good people who come out and see us. We have a lot of real support here, so it's not a problem for us to play here all the time. We definitely do want to get out and play other places for publicity, but we know that when we play at home we'll get a good crowd and it's always a fun time.
Josh: People don't realize how good they've got it around here, because in the summer you'll play for a group of people from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Kentucky all in one night. Most bands have to get out in a van and drive to all those places.
Most of our traveling gigs have just been booked because of people who came here and saw us while on vacation.
BJ: Yeah, we have Ten Toes Up CDs all over America because of that.
And just because there may not be a vibrant original music scene here doesn't mean there can't be. One of the things we're trying to do is bring recognition to the fact you can still be an original band in this area.
We hope our CD release party is one of the biggest parties Murrells Inlet has ever seen. It's a small city but it has every potential to be a great showcase for original music.
Where does the future hold for Ten Toes Up beyond this release?
BJ: The album is just another stepping stone. Everything we do we hope will take us to another level. We can't say 'Well, this album will do this for us' but we are confident enough that we've made something that sounds good and we have faith it will make more of a mark in the region and get some push and radio play beyond our area and just grow our circle of fans larger.
Charles: A lot of people think you're either a crappy little bar band making $100 a night or you're a millionaire rockstar when actually there's very many spots to be in between that.
Adam: Everything we've done has been a slow rising progression. If at some point we reach a plateau and in 10 years from now the highlight of our career is playing the Dead Dog Saloon, then frankly I'm not sure we'll still be doing it forever. But right now, it's like if you stop something that's going up, you're not very smart.
That's basically what we're riding on. We all just kinda stumbled on to this and figured out that we could work together and write together and ride in a tiny little space together for 36 hours touring over three days and still not want to kill each other and so we think that's something special.
Ten Toes Up CD Release Party
Where | Hot Fish Club, 4911 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet
When | Show begins at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Ten Toes Up to perform at 6 p.m.
More info | Call 357-9175 or visit www.hotfishclub.com
Even with the House of Blues standing as one of the Grand Strand's most lively musical outlets, the blues can often be an overlooked art in an area known for its beach music and shag dancing.
But for at least one night this week, the blues will take center stage in North Myrtle Beach at the first-ever Grand Strand Blues Society Awards Show.
The event, which begins at 8 p.m. Friday, will be a chance to give recognition to half a dozen local musicians and to showcase some great music with performances from the Grand Strand Blues All-Stars and headliner Bob Margolin, a world-renown blues guitarist who made his name playing with Muddy Waters.
The ceremony is the first of its kind to be hosted by the Grand Strand Blues Society, a group which formed about two years ago with chairman Lee "Spider" Webb at the helm.
"We felt like we needed to support the blues," said Webb. "Beach music is heavily derived from the blues and much of it is being played in this area that we just thought it be great to allow folks to come listen to real blues from time to time."
Webb, a drummer and vocalist who plays locally with Spider and The Grand Strand Blues All-Stars, says that since its inception his group has garnered a following of more than 200 members of blues musicians and enthusiasts.
"We want anyone to be able to get involved, so we're not highly structured — we don't have dues or anything like that," he says.
Though the group's board does get together to meet from time to time, Webb says the focus is mainly on putting on events and shows.
"Blues is not the easiest thing to book in this area," he says. "Alot of clubs would rather have tourist music and we don't play Jimmy Buffet. But we do play some mean blues."
One place where they have had success booking is The Hideaway in North Myrtle Beach, which hosts the group's weekly Grand Strand Blues Jam on Wednesdays.
"It's been great. We've had great turnout," says Webb. "We've got a lotta lotta really good musicians coming through here."
The show, which has been going on for nearly a year, has drawn musicians from as far away as Ohio coming to sit in and jam while on vacation.
"There's some I've seen that I wish would stay here. There's some great talent out there," says Webb.
Contrasting old-school blues with new-wave technology, the group has also taken to broadcasting their weekly jams online through streaming video service Ustream.
"I saw an awards show 4-5 months back on Ustream and thought 'Hey we could do that!' So I bought an HD camera and just started trying it," says Webb.
"Now everyone that comes to the bar sees the computer an thinks its cool and when people come and jam they can call their friends back home in Pennsylvania or wherever and have them check it out. It's been a really cool way to connect."
And whether it be connecting online or in person locally, bringing blues fans together is really what the group is all about.
"In last 6 months, more and more people are starting to undersatnd and catch on to what we're doing, and this awards show is just another step in getting folks to know that there is good blues here at the beach," said Webb.
Grand Strand Blues Society Awards Show
When | Show starts at 8 p.m. Friday, Doors open at 6 p.m. (dinner at 7 p.m.)
Where | Swillie's Hideaway (formerly The Hideaway), 1021 2nd Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach. The bar is celebrating its grand opening under new ownership all weekend, beginning with the awards show
How much | Tickets are $20 and include a buffet dinner and a free drink
For some local musicians, the offseason brings an air of uncertainty as they scramble to figure out how to stay busy throughout the winter.
But for the Musicians Network — a group of local musicians who focus on bettering the local scene and giving back to the community through teaching — the lack of work is cause for celebration.
The group will host its first-ever "Thank God, The Season's Over" celebration on Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Andy Owings School of Music & Performing Arts Center.
According to MuNet president Michael James the event is meant to celebrate all the hard work local musicians put in entertaining crowds throughout the summer.
"Alot of musicians are performing three times a day in the summer and 6-7 days a week," he says. "While they know that's what some of them have to do to make it through the winter, by the end of the season they're just beat and can't help but love when it comes."
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The event, which is open to the public, is a chance for performers and those who support local music to socialize and for the group to recognize those who supported the group's Boys & Girls Club fundraiser BBQ in August.
The event will also serve as a dedication featuring a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting for the Musicians Network. The performing arts center, which doubles as a home for Andy Owings School of Music, has been open since June 1 in a storefront across from Books-A-Million at Coastal Grand Mall.
According to school director Hari Wundarto, the building will serve as a recital hall for its students and will host other musical events throughout the year including the Musicians Network gatherings and hopefully an open mic in the near future.
"It's been really good for us so far and the students really seem to enjoy it," he said. "We're hoping this will be a place for all local musicians to come and play and learn."
Choosing where to spend your Halloween weekend can be a scary task. There's so many great parties, shows and events, its enough to make your head spin like Linda Blair in The Exorcist.
But for local music fans need look no further than Drink! in downtown Myrtle Beach for a weekend full of dream lineups featuring some of the biggest bands in the history of music.
With giants such as Iggy Pop & The Stooges, Weezer and Metallica performing alongside the likes of Johnny Cash, Otis Redding and The Pixies, Friday's "Halloween Fest" and Saturday's "HorrorFest II" promise to be once-in-a-lifetime shows.
Ok, so the trick is up. These legendary musicians won't actually treat Myrtle Beach with their presence.
They will, however, live on in spirit with local bands performing as some of their favorite acts.
"It's a tribute show. They're dressing up, doing their songs, going the whole nine yards," said Kris Amendola, owner of Drink! "Some of these bands get really into it."
The shows will feature an eclectic mix of music and promise to give fans plenty of bang for their buck with eight bands scheduled on Friday and seven on Saturday.
"It's a great idea that got started last year. We had the bands perform as other bands and had a big block party between here and The Basement,"said Kris Amendola, owner of Drink! "And even though it's just us this year, we're still gonna do it and have a good time."
Some bands in the mix that Amendola made sure to point out were local acts such as Sleeping Policeman who will play as blues-rock duo The Black Keys, Below The Bassline performing as ska/punk revivalists Operation Ivy and Bazooka Joe doing punk rock's ANTiSEEN. Also coming from out of town will be a Charleston, W. Va., band called Freak Tent who will portray the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
"This is gonna be the only place to be," she said. "Where else can you see some of your favorite local bands playing as some of your favorite known bands? It's going to be a great time, and it's where all the cool kids are gonna be."
The announced lineup is as follows:
Friday - "Halloween Fest"
- Lizard Woman as "The Pixies"
- Noble Conquest as "Mudvayne"
- Sleeping Policeman as "The Black Keys"
- Rabble N Rebellion as "Zombie Johnny Cash"
- The Filthy Few as "Hank Williams Sr., Jr. & III"
- Drew Jacobs as "Otis Redding"
Saturday - "Horror Fest II"
- Below The Bassline as "Operation Ivy"
- Attalaya/The Beatholes as "Weezer"
- The Wet Teens at "Iggy Pop & The Stooges"
- Prowler as "Metallica"
- Bazooka Joe as "ANTiSEEN"
- The Global Coolers as "Alkaline Trio"
It's our favorite time of the week again. It's when we get to search through tons of new music and find three great examples of Myrtle Beach music to showcase from local artists in our Featured Listens segment. Since Halloween is only a few days away, we've chosen this weeks tracks to fit the holiday with a couple of local rappers and a horror-influenced rock band:
J-Sneez "Happy Halloween"
This track comes to us from a local rapper who specializes in relaxed, feel-good flows and has gotten notice around town for reppin' the 843 with his local anthem simply titled "Myrtle Beach."
"Happy Halloween" is actually the closing track off of Sneez's holiday-themed mixtape called "Murder 843" which he released around Halloween last year. It is another laid-back track that features lyrics about kickin' back and dressing up and enjoying the day with your folks at the beach.
But even with all the positivity, don't think Sneez is soft. He also spins some eloquent horror-filled tracks about the life of a murderer on "About A Killer" — which has an interesting acoustic vibe — and "You Dead" also on "Murder 843".
If you're a hip-hop fan at all, Definitely go download the free mixtape at DatPiff.com, and catch J-Sneez live Saturday at the Island Bar and Grill opening for Cali Reggae Rock act Fish Out of Water.
Decm feat. Mo Briggs "Full Moon"
From what we can tell, local hip-hop vet Decm (aka Richard Crout) has always had a screw or two loose when it comes to spitting crazy rhymes. Still, in making this Halloween joint it seems he's stepped it up a notch or two to "completely unhinged" for a crazy romp full of werewolf, vampire and severed head references.
With a bouncing beat, it's the perfect kind of track to showcase the rapper's nimble, tongue-in-cheek flow and results in a fun listen — even if it does slightly resemble something the much-maligned Insane Clown Posse might have done.
Prowler "The Dead Rise Again"
This Saturday, while many in the area are gearing up for the fall fun that is celebrating Halloween, North Myrtle Beach will be fending off the change of season with its annual Endless Summer Festival.
Main Street will fill up with folks from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as the downtown area hosts food and craft vendors, a classic car show, a children's area with carnival ride and a community stage featuring live entertainment.
The music will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a performance by Sea Cruz.
This trio, which is based on the south end, consists of music vets Molly Askins, Butch Barnes and Dino Fair playing a variety of styles including 60s & 70s music, Oldies, Classic Rock, Disco, Beach music and more. They have won multiple Carolina Beach Music Awards over the years and pride themselves on providing a big band sound that appeals to audiences of all types.
Listen to Sea Cruz "Let It Roll"
Following Sea Cruz from 2-4 p.m. will be headlining act The Extraordinaires.
Since 2003, this Hickory, N.C.-band has been spreading its unique blend of classic R&B, funk and beach music up the coast. With powerful horns and smooth lead vocals, The Extraordinaires have a sound that gets people out of their seats and on the dance floor.
Listen to The Extraordinaires "Real Mutha For Ya"
Both acts will play on a stage located at the famous “Horseshoe” at the end of Main Street with the Lindsay Milbourne, Aisha Khan and Nicole Boone, all from WBTW News Channel 13, as emcees.
For more information on the festival call the chamber 866-805-5642 or visit the website.
As spirits of scare once again prepare to descend upon our sandy little stretch of the world, one thing's for sure: There's no lack of things to do this holiday weekend.
Whether you're in for some family-friendly fun or an all-out hedonistic happening, we've got you covered with this list of Halloween-related events, shows and parties happening in our area this weekend.
We'll continue to add to the list throughout the week, so be sure to check back before you head out this weekend and if you've got an event you think we need to know about, drop us a line at email@example.com or invite us to it on Facebook.
Thursday, Oct. 28
Backyard Bar & Grill, 9703 Kings Highway, 449-4500, “Crazy Clown Party” 1st annual Halloween Backyard Bash, VIP party from 8-10 p.m. with entertainment and cocktails provided (anyone in a Clown Costume is VIP). Live DJ all night long with cash giveaways for sexiest and scariest clown costume. Website
Broadway at the Beach, 1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, Halloween face painting (near Build-A-Bear Workshop) and a performance by Gabbie Rae from 5-7 p.m. on the Sprite stage (near Margaritaville). Website
Senor Frog’s, 1304 Celebrity Circle, Broadway at the Beach, Senor Frong’s MONSTER Halloween party with DJ and MC playing from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Also will feature a $3000 Costume Contest, a giveaway for a trip for two to Cancun, and drink specials ($2 PBR, $4 Vodka, $2 Jello shots). Website
Scotty’s Beach Bar, 111 S. Seaside Dr., Surfside Beach, Scary-oke with Rick Ramos from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Costume contest judging at midnight. Website
Friday, Oct. 29
2001 Entertainment Complex, 920 Lake Arrowhead Rd., Playboy Mansion Lingerie Halloween Party from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Entertainment by DJ Keith Nasty and Mix 97.7. Costume prizes by Captain Morgan every hour, live show girls, Halloween drink specials and free entry for girls in costume. Website
The Afterdeck, 9719 N. Kings Highway, Kryptonite at The Afterdeck hosts the Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball with a $1000 Costume Contest and drink specials ($5 Jager Bombs, $3.75 Vodka, $1 Drafts).
Beaver Bar, 3381 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, Nashville recording artist and Myrtle Beach native Brad Long performs beginning at 11 p.m.
Broadway at the Beach, 1325 Celebrity Circle, Hay rides and Halloween face painting (near Build-A-Bear Workshop). Gabbie Rae will perform on Sprite stage (near Margaritaville) and Magiquest employees will hand out goodie bags. Website
The Boathouse Waterway Bar & Grill, 201 Fantasy Harbor Blvd., Join WAVE 104.1 for a birthday celebration and Halloween party on the waterway from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. KISS tribute band Strutter will perform as part of the Live After Five concert series and a $5000 Halloween Costume Contest will take place after the show. Website
Cooter's Backyard Bar & Grill, 3264 S. U.S. 17, Murrells Inlet, Halloween party with Tru Sol will feature fun and specials throughout the night and a performance from the well known party band beginning at 7 p.m. Website
Drink!, 503 8th Ave. N., Halloween Fest! featuring local bands performing as classic and modern favorites. Doors open at 4 p.m. with contests, giveaways and drink specials throughout the night. Show includes Lizard Woman as The Pixies, Noble Conquest as Mudvayne, Sleeping Policeman as The Black Keys, Rabble N Rebellion as Johnny CashThe Filthy Few as Hank Williams Sr., Jr. & III and Drew Jacobs as Otis Redding. Website
The Gold Club, U.S. 501 & U.S. 17 Bypass, The gentlemen’s club host Club Insomnia the official Tunnel of Terror after party with a costume contest at midnight and guest DJ BZ providing the music. Website
Handley's Pub & Grub, 3873 Renee Drive, Jonathan Roberts live on the patio from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Website
House of Blues, Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach, Bad Religion with The Aggrolites and Off With Their Heads. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m. Tickets $20-55. Website
Island Bar & Grill, 2272 Glenns Bay Road, Myrtle Beach, Confliction with Decadence and singer-soingwriter Nick Andolora. This farewell party for Confliction member Billy Raim will also feature a FREE POUR from 8-10p.m. and drink specials throughout the night ($2.50 Margaritas, $2 domestics) $10 cover. Music starts at 10 p.m, no cover after 10 p.m. for 21+ Website
King Street Grille, 3040 Howard Ave., The Market Common, Halloween party featuring best costume contest, drink specials and raffles with more than $1000 in prizes and all proceeds going to the humane society. Website
Molly Darcy’s On The Beach, 1701 S. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach, Hallopalooza costume party with drink specials and costume contest! DJ Johnny will provide the music.
Pat & Mike's Irish Pub, 1359 U.S. 17, Little River, Local rock band Sick Stooges performs from 8p.m. to midnight. Website
Tunnel Ultralounge, 1901 N. Kings Highway, Tunnel of Terror Movie Monster Madness party featuring Michael Baroody, the world’s premier VJ/DJ playing live drums, $2,000 costume contest, and drink specials ($2 Bud Light Lime, $3 Soco Lime, $3.75 Vodka, $5 Vodka Redbull). Website
Wild Wing Cafe, 4706 U.S. 17 South, Hallowing party with Gogglez Piano performing. Event features costume party and spooktacular drink specials on creative concoctions such as: $4 D.O.A., $4 Open Grave, $4 Bloody Brain and $5 Witches Brew. Website
Mr. Fish, 3401 North Kings Hwy., The restaurant will go from eatery to dance party from hell starting at 10 p.m. (Serving Sush until 1 a.m.) Costume contest at midnight with prizes including: 1st place $200, 2nd place $100, 3rd place $50 + $20 Mr.Fish gift Certificate. $2 Bud and Bud Light all night.
Saturday, Oct. 30
Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach, Kids and pets costume contest from 1-2 p.m. Website
Broadway at the Beach, 1325 Celebrity Circle, Kids trick-or-treating from 5-7 p.m. with frieworks to follow at 8 p.m. Celebrity Square of Terror adult Halloween party will take place from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. with a DJ providing music and radio personality Mad Max as MC. There will be a costume contest held between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. with $5,000 in cash and prizes. All individuals in costume will receive free admission to clubs within Celebrity Square. Those interested in VIP balcony seating can call the clubs individually for more information. Website
Bully’s Pub, 4868 U.S. 17 South, North Myrtle Beach,Halloween party featuring costume contest and drink specials ($2 Draft, $2 Vodka, $3 Grape and Cherry Bombs). Website
Cafe 1800, 18th Ave. N. & Ocean Boulevard, Helloween: International Pre Halloween Party featuring the greatest and latest hit music including the vocals of Russian singer Natalia. Best Costume Contest ($100 prize) and full service bar with $3 Vodka and $3 Tequila.
Castaways Bar & Grill, 833 Front St., Georgetown, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., Costume contest ($700 value) will register from 8-11 p.m. with judging beginning at the witching hour (midnight). Scott will play dance hits throughout the night and karaoke. Website
Drink!, 503 8th Ave. N., Horror Fest II featuring local bands performing as classic and modern favorites. Show includes Below the Bassline as Operation Ivy, Attalaya & The Beatholes as Weezer, The Wet Teens as Iggy Pop & The Stooges, Prowler as Metallica, Bazooka Joe as ANTiSEEN and Global Coolers as Alkaline Trio. Website
Hot Fish Club, 4911 Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, the Mullets. 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Website
House of Blues, Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach, Method Man & Redman with Skully. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Tickets $20-55. Website
Island Bar & Grill, 2272 Glenns Bay Road, Myrtle Beach, California-based reggae/funk band Fish Out of Water with J-Sneez. 10 p.m. to Close. Website
Malibu’s, Celebrity Square, Broadway at the Beach, Get ready to suck some blood at the True Blood Fangtasia Party! Free Admission with Costume, Cash & Prizes to Best True Blood Costume,$2.50 Bud Light Wheat,$5.75 Loaded Corona,$10 Party Pails & $2.50 Shots of "V" Website
Pat & Mike's Irish Pub, 1359 U.S. 17, Little River, Country/rock band Eastbound performs. Website
Suck Bang Blow, 3393 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SBB Halloween Party featuring bikes, babes, beer and boos! Will feature a Pumpkin Carving Contest at 6 p.m. (B.Y.O.P., Bring Your Own Pumpkin) and Costume Contest starting at 9p.m. with cash and prizes for each. Mafia will rocks the House from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Tunnel Ultralounge, 1901 N. Kings Highway, Halloween’s Naughtiest Ladies party, Free admission with costume, prizes for sexiest costume, drink specials ($2 Bud Light Lime, $3 Soco Lime, $3.75 Vodka, $5 Vodka Redbull) and VJ Keith Nasty spinning.
Sunday, Oct. 31
Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach, Halloween trick-or-treat from 5-7 p.m. Website
Broadway at the Beach, 1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, Face painting and hay rides from noon to 6 p.m. (near Build-A-Bear), Tony Lawrence and Aron Tyler Lawrence perform classic hits on the Celebrity Square stage from 3-5 p.m.
Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson, 4710 S. Kings Highway, “Harley Halloween” celebration from Noon to 4 p.m. featuring a performance by local country singer Jeffrey Allen Edwards. Website
Surfside Live, 803 U.S. 17 South Business, Surfside Beach, Surfside Live Halloween Party featuring a costume contest, Skaraoke with Martha, bobbing for mini bottles and birthday party for Shawn. Website
Murrells Inlet Marshwalk, Halloween on the Marshwalk 8th annual costume party with costume contest from 7-10 p.m. Entrants must visit judges at all of Marshwalk restaurants. $1,500 prize for first place. Kids trick-or-treat parade and costume contest from 4-5 p.m. with judging at Drunken Jack’s. Giveaways and drink specials throughout the evening. Liquid Platinum will perform at Dead Dog Saloon at 7:30 p.m. Website
The Market Common, Farrow Parkway, Halloween Trick-or-Treating from 4-5 p.m. Participating stores will give out candy to costumed Trick-or-Treaters and Lindsey Mills Photography will be on-site to take professional portraits of costumed little ones. DJ Batman will provide music and dancing in front of Grand 14 Cinema. Gordon Biersch will offer one free kids meal per adult entree purchase for all costumed children that evening! Website
- Check out more activities & haunted house listings at The Sun News
One of the most consistent and influential alternative bands of its generation, 311, will make a tour stop Wednesday at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach.
Having celebrated their 20th year together this summer while drawing big crowds touring with The Offspring, the band appears to be hotter than ever. With their last album "Uplifter" debuting at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 200 and their 10th full lenght album in the works (Spring 2011 release) it doesn't appear they'll be taking it easy any time soon.
As 311 nears the end of it's fall tour, which ends this week with a huge Halloween show in Atlanta, ListenUp caught up with Nick Hexum for an interview via e-mail. Here's what the band's frontman had to say about staying relevant, pleasing the fans and getting dressed up for the upcoming holiday:
Myrtle Beach Music: Nick Hexum (center) will lead 311 att the House of Blues on Wednesday
What have you done to stay relevant all this time and do you still have the same passion for making music as you did when you guys started out?
I think that what has kept us relevant was a commitment to our fans to work hard and keep making exciting music.
We are conscious of how fortunate we are to have this kind of longevity and we don't take it for granted.
When we write a good new song, we get that spark of inspiration that makes us feel like a teenage rock fan again. Then we know we've got something good.
How has has recording the new album been going? Can fans expect more of they heard on "Uplifter" or are there a few new wrinkles in your sound this time around?
On our second album with Bob Rock, there are some songs with an "Uplifter" vibe, but there are also new breakthroughs that will be unexpected — and there are moments that harken back to albums like "Transistor" too.
One song in particular is a journey that goes through many stages. We try to make each album a step forward that doesn't forget the best things about our past. That's the balance.
311 has always done a lot for it's fans with things like 311 Day, fan parties and now the 311 Cruise. Why is it so important to stay in touch with the folks who support your music?
With the collapse of the traditional music industry, we realize that it is up to us to reinvent how our fans experience our music.
I believe Rock Tourism is here to stay. It's almost like a musical convention. Whether it's a cruise, a camping event, 311 Day, or a Halloween show, each one will be a memory for a lifetime.
What can folks here in Myrtle Beach expect from a 311 live show nowadays?
We have been having great shows in Myrtle Beach for 16 years. This show will definitely picks songs from every phase of our career and get people moving. Prepare to dance and sweat.
Halloween is just a few days away and guys are playing a show just down the road in Atlanta. Does anyone in the band get really into dressing up?
Absolutely, we will all dress up for the show. It's something that we used to really get into but stopped for a few years.
This is the revival of a 311 tradition to get into our goofiness and have a good time. We hope that everyone that comes to the Halloween show dresses up. Don't be lame!
For more on 311's music, tour and events visit 311.com.
Myrtle Beach Music: 311
311 with The Movement
When | 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Where | House of Blues, Barefoot Landing
Tickets | $42.50-60.50
Reviewing albums can be a tough schtick sometimes.
To take something that an artist or band worked on for months and dedicate a quick listen to it trying to take in not only the sounds on display, but also the meaning of the tracks and the influences behind their work is something that takes away from a reviewer's ability to enjoy the album as a fan.
But when it came time to write about Death of Paris' self-titled album this reviewer found himself too busy enjoying the electro-pop outfit's debut to actually think about what went into making it.
Luckily Jayna Doyle, a Myrtle Beach native and the vocalist for the Columbia-based duo, helped fill in the gaps.
"We payed a lot of attention to the songwriting and making sure each song was something universal that people could relate to," she said. "We just hope that when people listen to this record it means something to them."
From the first moments of the album's opening track "East or West" this focus on universal themes become evident. As Doyle longingly proclaims "Give yourself a hand, cause you gave up on this" you feel the pain the song portrays and can instantly relate to the tale of love gone sour.
Doyle's strong vocals are the glue which holds together the album made up of a variety of upbeat powerpop songs, some more traditional guitar-based numbers, and even some darker synth-based material. She sings in a style that can be both vulnerable and powerful, and one that can't help but draw comparisons to Paramore's Hayley Williams.
While there are plenty to choose from, one of the album's best vocal moments is a stripped down, piano-driven track called "Oubilette" which features Doyle delivering a clever and powerful chorus about trying to decide whether to give up a on relationship.
In listening a bit deeper into this album, it becomes evident that the thing sets the tone for each track — and what ultimately sets the album apart from most others in the area — is a uniquely layered sound laid down by Blake Arambula, Death of Paris' other half.
Arambula, who holds down a side job as a wedding DJ and spins at clubs and bars from time to time, clearly knows how to work a beat. Tracks such as the aforementioned "Oubilette," "Models & Bottles" and "Villians" all showcase great drum and synth programming that give an added depth to an already solid effort.
In addition, the band's choice to record the album at Killingsworth Recording Company in Los Angeles with producer David Baker — a independent music veteran and USC graduate — gives it a polished feel that makes it sound like something that could really push beyond the limits of the Palmetto State and appeal to a larger audience.
But whether the album achieves success on larger scale or remains just a stepping stone for a great locally-grown band, one things for sure.
"This is not just a local album," says Arambula. "This is something that you could actually put next to something you might hear on the radio and it would feel like an easy transition for that."
Here's our take on the best tracks from the album:
This upbeat and seemingly out of control song has some of the best lines on the album. Things like the deftly-delivered "Cause a pied piper is like a sniper sniping without sound" and "Excuse me if I seem forward, but we're going in reverse" are some both clever and fitting within the confines of the song.
A great, synth-meets-symphony beat and an infectious hook lead this full blown pop track which could easily be a top 10 hit on the radio if it were sung by a Rihanna or Britney Spears.
Throughout October, everyone from NFL players and TV stars to local musicians and businesses have been doing their part to promote pink as symbol of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Tonight, Hard Rock Cafe at Broadway at the Beach gets in on the act with a benefit concert called Caring in Our Lifetime.
The show, which will feature "local" folk rock favorite Sista Otis and talented pop youngster Gabbie Rae, begins at 8 p.m. and features lots of "Pinktober" fun including raffles, a guitar auction and participation from Star 92.1.
There is no cover to attend the event, but groups will be accepting donations throughout the evening to support cancer research.
If you haven't heard Sista Otis, take a moment and check out her music, which we featured a few weeks ago.
Also if you're interested in learning more, Paul Grimshaw wrote a nice article on her and the event in today's Weekly Surge. Here's a snippet:
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Marie Tinnes (a.k.a. Sista Otis) has received a little career boost via public praise from this season's "American Idol" runner-up, Crystal Bowersox, and now Otis is finding her spot on the national radar burning a little brighter. Her raw, honest, folksy, bluesy, gospel gumbo of rock 'n' roll fits perfectly on the streets and clubs of her hometown, New Orleans, but the Detroit native is never too far removed from her home away from home - Myrtle Beach - and she's here in concert tonight.
With regular visits to the Grand Strand, the home of her parents, Sista Otis has been picking up regular gigs, and fans of all ages, including an estimated 2,000 who watched her perform as opener for Blues Traveler at Broadway at the Beach's Celebrity Square this summer. Don Morris, general manager of the Myrtle Beach Hard Rock Café, liked Otis well enough to book her for tonight's fundraising event, Pinktober - Care To Rock, on the main stage inside the rock 'n' roll-themed restaurant. Joining Otis is the hardest working sixth-grader in rock 'n' roll, 11-year-old local Gabbie Rae.
It's that time of the week again, where we showcase three Myrtle Beach music tracks from local artists in our Featured Listens segment. This week's offerings include a couple tracks from a laid-back North end act, a folk anthem by a South Carolina original and an Australian singer-songwriter living at the beach. Check them out:
Treehouse "My Own Creation"
This band, headed up by a talented frontman Jeremy Anderson, makes some great acoustic reggae rock tunes in the vein of a Sublime or Slightly Stoopid. They are a hard-working bunch that plays shows all over the area and made a name as a bankable cover act Jeremy Anderson & Friends before deciding to make the switch to playing mostly original stuff.
And listening to the three tracks they shared with us, it's easy to understand why they made the switch. "My Own Creation" is a great ode to the fact that no matter how original you claim to be, it's all been done before. In the song Anderson talks about putting his own twist on the musical styles he loves and it seems a fitting introduction for a young musician who clearly understands what making music is all about.
If you like what you heard, also check out these:
Space & Time
The Sound We Talkin' Bout
Treehouse plays a standing gig at Pirate's Cove in North Myrtle Beach Tuesdays and Thursdays in October and Tuesdays and Fridays in November. They also have an upcoming show at Drink! on Nov. 5, opening for Jah Harvest. For more on Anderson and the band Read this The Sun News article or visit their site.
Danielle Howle "Foot of the Mountain"
Hailing from Columbia, Danielle Howle is a "true S.C. original" that has done some pretty amazing things in her years as a musician playing with Lay Quiet Awhile, Danielle & The Tantrums and as a solo artist and artist-in-resdience at Awendaw Green in Awendaw, SC. According to Wikipedia, She has toured with the likes of the Indigo Girls, Fugazi, Ani DiFranco, Elliot Smith and opened for Bob Dylan in Columbia.
Although she's been playing all over the state for many years, she recently appeared on the local radar having produced the upcoming album for Murells Inlet band Ten Toes Up, with whom she performed at Sunday's Chilympics event. Having caught a little of her act and been caught up in her great, free-spirited energy, we thought it was about time we touted her music here.
"Foot of the Mountain" is a great acoustic tune that begins with Howle proclaiming "I think I'm finding my groove and that's good," a message which carries throughout the song which is about pushing forward through life's climbs and gaining some perspective on life throughout it all. The track is part of an album/EP the "Swamp Sessions" which is available as a "name your price" purchase through her Bandcamp site.
Geof Kimber "Most of All"
For the last few weeks, as we've browsed through one of our favorite sites for local music, Reverbnation, the same singer was listed as #1 on the local charts. This man was Geof Kimber, a native of Papau New Guinea who moved hear to marry an S.C. girl and sing his own brand of Contemporary Christian music while also preforming for stints with The Carolina Opry and various area churches.
Upon browsing an extensive catalog of music on his nicely-put-together website (always a plus!) it's evident the message is strong in his music, but yet many of his songs such as "Most of All" remain a nice, easy listen for those who may not necessarily be into worship music. The track brings in some nice acoustic guitars reminiscent of many a mid-90s pop tune and fills in with some great vocals that draw comparisons to folk legend James Taylor.
If you're interested in learning more about Geof, check out his blog and podcast or catch him live at the Grand Strand Baptist Church in Myrtle Beach Saturday beginning at 5 p.m.
Each week ListenUp browses through Twitter's infamous #musicmonday hashtag to find some new and somewhat random musical offerings to help Myrtle Beach Music fans kick off their week. This week, we bring you new music from Brandon Flowers,
Brandon Flowers "Crossfire"
Tweeted by Ellen Degeneres (@TheEllenShow) who said:
Having seen this same track mentioned each of the last three weeks — this time as a "Featured Tweet" — we figured it was about time to check it out. What we found was the Killers frontman performing a nice piano-driven ballad that sounds like a cross between U2 and The Fray. It's undoubtedly mainstream, but well written and beautifully composed nonetheless, with a very entertaining (and action-packed) video about being saved by a woman, who just so happens to be Charlize Theron.
Eyedea & Abilities "The Dive (Part 1)"
Tweeted by Cicero, of Dallas, Texas (@Cicero7thSense) who said:
Had to be posted as a tribute to one of the most talented underground emcees in hip-hop, who passed away over the weekend. This track is an interesting testament to the off-kilter lyrical skills the man, possessed, but if you really want to see what he was all about, you might also want to check out some of his freestyle videos on Youtube.
In the indie rap world, Michael "Eyedea" Larsen was seen by some as the underground Eminem. The talented Midwestern rapper and turntablist, who recorded under the name Eyedea for the Rhymesayers label, died suddenly over the weekend at his St. Paul, Minnesota, home at age 28.
Known for his rapid-fire delivery and freestyle skills, like Eminem, Larsen cut his teeth by impressing fellow hip-hop heads in lyrical battles while still in his teens. He took the top prize at 1999's Scribble Jam in Cincinnati and went on to win 2000's Blaze Battle in Chicago as well, releasing his debut album, First Born, in 2001 in collaboration with his longtime musical partner DJ Abilities. Together they were known as Eyedea and Abilities and recorded for the hometown Rhymesayers record label, home to such fellow underground faves as Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Grayskul, Mr. Dibbs and Slug.
Reggae Skeleton Dance
Tweeted by Queen of Costume (@halloweenstreet) who said:
Even though Halloween is still two weeks away, we're suckers for the season and thus comes this ridiculous, yet fun mash-up of reggae and the classic Disney cartoon. Upon further look, it actually seems to be a bit of a meme to use the footage, as there was also a Russian version, A version set to Korn's "Dead Boies Everywhere" and multiple others. If you have no idea what the heck we're talking about, then you ought to check out the original "Silly Symphony" cartoon from 1929 here.
If you're a #musicmonday fan and like to suggest a track for us, please tweet them to us @listenupmb on Twitter or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get your ears and your lips ready, because the 11th Annual Lip Rippin' Chilympics Chilli Cookoff returns to Murrells Inlet this Sunday packed full of enough food and music to push each appendage to its limits.
The free event will feature 29 teams and 43 different varieties of chili — not to mention five great bands — all in an effort to raise money for the Grand Strand chapter of The Surfrider Foundation and educate people about what the organization does.
"It's a lot of fun for the whole family," said Bruxanne Hein, co-chair of the group. "Last year we probably had three or four thousand folks show up and we raised $17,000 for our all-volunteer nonprofit organization."
The Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots, nonprofit, environmental organization that works to protect our oceans, waves, and beaches.
"Our chapter does alot of the beach sweeps you see going on year round," says Hein. "We are also working to keep withers swash clean, we do elementary and preschool programs on keeping oceans clean, we're working with CCU on stormwater drain marking project and with Horry and Georgetown counties to protect beach access."
And while these efforts can sometimes be an uphill battle in an area that's constantly under fire for it's water quality, Hein says her group's efforts and activism have definitely been successful.
"We have seen more and more municipalities becoming aware of these issues and trying to improve the water quality," she says, noting that Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach are currently working on efforts to move their storm drains so they're not right along the beach where people swim.
Another area where the group has been successful is in bringing great music to their event each year.
This year's lineup features Americana artist Danielle Howle, quirky Surf rockers The Noseriders, laid-back reggae/ska band the Strike-O-Matics and local acts the Josh Brannon Band and Ten Toes Up.
Charleston acoustic act and Universal Republic recording artists Crowfield were also supposed to join the show, but weren't able to work out the scheduling and will try to return for next years' event.
While Hein says she's excited about all the bands, she claims a special connection to one.
"I've known Danielle Howle for 22 years, back since she was Danielle Howle and The Tantrums," she says. "She's a fantastic musician. She's the artist-in-residence at Awendaw Green and they do these amazing barn jams out there that you have to see."
Hein also had great things to say about headlining act Ten Toes Up.
"They're great guys and really good friends of ours down here. They've been playing with us ever since we moved to Murrells Inlet in 2003."
And if all the music and chili isn't enough to bring you out, the Chilympics will also have food and beverage vendors, including beer from local New South Brewery, and a kids area with facepainting, surfrider (temporary) tattoos and other fun and games.
"It’s going to beautiful weather, it’s something you can bring your children to and you’re going to get to try some of the best no-rules chilis in Southeast." she said.
"We get some really fun and interesting combinations that you wouldn’t think to make chili with. Things like Alligator and ham, Quail and wild boar...someone even said Ostrich was a possibility. Folks get really creative and it makes it really fun. And that’s what it’s really about having fun, raising awareness, and rasing some money for a good cause."
Folks may want to keep an eye out for smoke on the inlet this evening as Greenville-based rockers Burning Nova will attempt to set Murrells Inlet's Hot Fish Club aflame with some hot blues guitar licks and an upbeat reggae rock vibe.
Beginning tonight the band will kick off a 20-date tour of S.C., which includes stops in Anderson, Charleston, Spartanburg. and likely another trip back to the area somewhere in between.
ListenUp spoke recently with Burning Nova bassist, Robbie Boggs, about the upcoming shows, working out of Edwin McCain's studio in Greenville and the band's killer cover of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean"
Here's what he had to say:
What do you have in store for this upcoming tour?
Yeah, we actually only have one friday off the rest of the year and that's New Year's. We're actually just really happy to have a busy schedule right now, we just got a new manager, and he's had some good success booking shows.
Tell me about playing in Myrtle Beach. What's your experience been like with the scene here versus what it's like back in Greenville?
Yeah we've been doing 3-night runs in towns all over the southeast and we've played there quite a bit.
As far as coming to the beach, we've had a lot of success playing places like the Hot Fish Club, Spud's, Drink! and some others. What really draws us to the coast is that our music is a nice blend of rock with Reggae and Rasta vibes and we really like to come there because it feels like that sound just fits there and is received a little better sometimes than it does when we play at home in Greenville.
Do you feel like you've been pretty well received everywhere you've gone around this region?
Well, you know. You run into some more empty nights once in awhile doing shows toward the beginning of the week, but with us we're still out there giving 100 percent no matter what the crowd or situation.
We played this little dive in Murrells Inlet not too long ago, but still we were giving it our best, and the next thing you know the bass player from George Clinton's P-Funk band was there and came up and asked if he could sit in, with us. It was crazy and probably one of the most memorable moments for me, so you know it just goes to show that you never know who's watching or when someone famous like that might be in the crowd.
It's been a journey, but we love doing it.
What's up with Burning Nova now? Are you guys working on a new album?
We're mainly just working on new material as we go. We'd like to get 16-17 songs in place to do another full-length release — which would be our third. We've been recording at a studio up here in Greenville that Edwin McCain is co-owner of and have gotten to know him a little bit in doing that.
Have you ever played with Edwin?
We haven't yet, but it's definitely something we'd like to do in the future is get him up here at The Handlebar. But you know, it's tough to schedule something with him since he's traveling all over the country and we've mostly been focused on the Southeast just playing Georgia, N.C., S.C., Florida, etc.
For folks who might not have heard you play before, how would you describe Burning Nova's sound?
Our sound is like your 90s rock — and by that I mean everything from Incubus to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But we also are influenced by folks like Allman Brothers, Bob Marley and Sublime. Our guitarist is a heavy blues freak, so you hear a lot of blues licks coming from him but probably the easiest way to describe it in a short form is: rock with a reggae twist.
Whatever you call it, we're just into doing whatever will make people move.
Your rock meets reggae vibe is similar to a lot of jam bands out there, do you consider yourselves a jam band and is that improvisation aspect a big part of what yo do?
We're really more of a power trio, with only three instruments: guitar, bass and drums. We focus more on orchestrated jams than the free-for-all improvisation of it. You know, our singer all he does is sing and so we try not to just jam out and leave him without anything to do up there. I think that's kinda the thing that separates us from being a strong jam-based band.
What can folks expect from your live show at Hot Fish Club tonight?
To hear everything from Michael jackson to the Allman Brothers and lots our own stuff as well, and basically just to not stop moving the entire show.
I heard that you guys do a pretty killer cover of "Billie Jean" by MJ…how did that come about?
Well we started playing together in Clemson and playing that sort of college crowd you end up playing more covers than originals. Some folks just started telling us that with the way our singer is, we should try to do some MJ. Once I played that bassline [for Billie Jean] I just figured we had to do it and now we've incorporated it into our live show. It's become our staple song and one that gets everyone moving, every time regardless or age, color, whatever.
What's next for Burning Nova? Where do you see yourselves going over the next year or so?
We' re actually looking to do some dates out on west coast. We're gonna hit Texas and we've got some friends out in Denver we're gonna play with and we just want to become more of a nationwide band and get more radio play.
We've had some really good success on the radio around here with our single "Nuclear Octopus" and we'd love to see that take off more. It's got this Dancehall kinda beat and a nice Latin drop that comes out of nowhere, and the lyrics are just about the girls that are always coming out to our shows and dancing. It's kinda comparing the way they shake their hips to the arms on an octopus and that's kinda what it's based on. It's just an ode to all the girls that come out and support us every night.
For more on Burning Nova, check them out at http://www.burningnova.net
It's that time of the week again, where we showcase three Myrtle Beach music tracks from local artists in our Featured Listens segment. This week's offerings include a throwback track from a group reunited rockers, an unusual Georgetown-based rapper and a mainstay on the local blues scene.
Confliction "Killing Butterflies"
Off the group's 2003 "Red" EP, this track is a good introduction for folks who may have heard the buzz around town, but weren't around when Confliction was popular. We won't get into the details of this band too much, since we've already posted our interview with Rollin Carver here, but check out the track and if you like it make sure to come out to the show on Saturday at HOB...it's only $5.
The Letter V feat. Shawn Valentine "It's My Time"
Georgetown rapper Jeremy Britt (aka The Letter V) recently released his album/mixtape "The Anatomy of Wit" on Oct. 1 and "It's My Time" is one of a few standout tracks. With a synthesized, rock-esque beat produced by John B. a catchy hook and an agressive, modern flow that falls somewhere between 3 OH! 3 and Mike Shinoda (of Linkin Park & Fort Minor fame), there's a lot to like here.
Listening to the entire album, some of the tracks lack the polish and originality of a more developed artist. But there's definitely plenty of potential there and overall it's a good effort that shows there are some local folks trying to make hip-hop that's different.
Jaynie Trudell "It's Gonna Be Alright"
One of the area's most well-known and versatile musicians, Trudell is constantly playing gigs in all corners of the Grand Strand, including occasionally with SxSe and recently at Myrtle Beach Rocks! The Blues benefit a few weeks ago. This hard-working multi instrumentalist who can play covers of all types, but has made a name for herself playing originals such as this one.
On this track, her sultry southern voice glides across a folksy track to provide the reassuring message "It's Gonna Be Alright" and in way that makes you believe that we can pull through this together — no matter what "this" may be for you.
Check out Jaynie online here or see her live Wednesdays at Barefoot Resort Bar & Grill in North Myrtle Beach.
But Saturday night, Confliction will mean putting aside any irreconcilability and coming together to once again be in accord for an intense rock show.
After a four-year hiatus, one of Myrtle Beach’s most beloved bands is back and set to take the stage for the first time at the House of Blues for Myrtle Beach Rocks! The Return of Confliction featuring Souls Harbor, Decadence and Sound Therapy.
For those who may not be familiar with the hard-rock-meets-melodic-metal band, Confliction rocked the area from 1999-2006, performing locally for many years as well as making a name for themselves touring the country with the likes of System of a Down and Seether.
The band came back together about 3 months ago and now consists of Rollin Carver (vocals), Tripp Gaddy (guitar), Billy Raim (bass), Greg Majewski (guitar) and “Jiggy” Josh Pierce (drums). Only drummer Chuck Cooper — now an architect in Pennsylvania — is missing from the original lineup.
ListenUp recently had a chance to speak with Carver, the band’s energetic frontman, about the reunion, the state of the record industry and what it takes to get noticed in the Myrtle Beach music scene. Here’s what he had to say:
Who’s been more excited about the reunion so far, the fans or the band?
It’s hard to say, you know. But I know we’re awful excited to be doing it. It’s been almost four years since the last time we played, but we been back together and working on everything for about 3 months now and it’s been alot of fun.
What was it that led Confliction to part ways in the first place?
You just get so burned after seven years of 100 shows a year and working 40 hours a week at the same time. It just feels like all you do is play, work and wash clothes.
Plus, with the record industry being in such shambles at that point, we came to hard realization that no matter how many people you pack into the House of Blues, the industry is still out there looking for the next trendy sound and trying to move on.
You say the record industry was in shambles then. Do you feel like things have improved over the past few years?
I think since the adoption of ProTools music has suffered in general. There’s still tremendous musicians — even right here in Myrtle Beach — but the fact is, Do you listen to radio anymore? I don’t either. Now people just load up there iPods and go, and it makes it a lot harder to get exposure.
Don’t you think that in addition to the issues digital music has caused, the Internet also offers a great opportunity for artists to distribute music that they didn’t have before?
Yeah, I agree 100 percent. And we tried to take advantage of that when we made our last full-length album “Turning Point.” We had foresight of what was coming — even five years ago before iPods were really mainstream like they are now — to put it for sale online.
Over a year, through CDBaby, iTunes, etc., we sold about 300,000 downloads. But the thing you have to realize is that even with that nobody is getting these million-dollar deals from the labels anymore.
After that much success was it hard to quit doing what you were doing?
You gotta realize We were represented by AGI (Artists Group International) which had
Metallica, Van Halen, Billy Joel, etc. We had chances to sign a deal, but for what some of those labels were offering at the time it just wasn’t worth it.
We were just really burnt out and the industry was was taking a dive into the indie then and we didn’t really fit that. But luckily it seems like every 10 years or so, rock has a resurgence and people go back to their roots.
Once you get away from all of it and forget some of that burn out, the music is still there in you and it just kinda pulls at your soul like something's missing, you know.
Not that it had anything to do with us, but it seems like I’ve definitely seen a decline in our local music scene over the past few years. And as far as Confliction we were hard rock with a metal edge and there was nothing quite like that out there locally, so we just want to get back and play again and try to do our best to give it a shot in the arm.
As one of the most successful bands out of Myrtle Beach in awhile did you ever feel the pressure to keep on with what you were doing and try to carry this area on your back?
Obviously, we wanted to represent S.C. and Myrtle Beach in particular — both with us and Echo 7 — that was definitely the mantra.
But to get this area recognized as a hotbed of music was gonna take a lot. It just seemed like the labels want to only pull bands from these major markets. But there’s a lot more to the U.S. than just those markets.
Do you still see the potential for this area to get noticed on the national scene?
There’s always the potential, but the question is: Is Myrtle Beach going to make enough noise to make those eyes from N.Y. or L.A. look this way.
Even if you look at it in our own region, how many bands you think are in Atlanta hounding folks for a record deal? And why would folks from there come here when they have such a big scene right in their backyard. You really gotta make a lot of noise to get them to come here.
There are some clubs locally — like Drink! — who are trying to do it right and put a good foot forward. And Michael Wood is definitely an eccentric go-getter and anything he has his hand in is a positive for the scene. Having people that have that sort of drive definitely does not hurt you, but its just really hard to attract people to come no body wants to take the time to give us a chance.
We’re gonna come together — we already have really — and make a new album. and hopefully have a record out in March or April of 2011.
From there, the sky’s the limit. If we have to get out and put it up on iTunes and do everything ourselves, we will. So many bands focus on the deal, but they don’t realize you could be an Internet success while still holding onto all your rights to your own stuff and doing it yourself.
As someone who’s been through the highs and the lows of the music business, do you have any advice to up-and-coming bands who might just be starting out?
No. 1 is just Create something that you believe in and you are proud of and put your time and money into that CD. Your music is going to be what carries you, not t-shirt sales and all that. It’s amazing the amount of bands that just throw a demo together to get it out there.
And just remain professional. Being in a band, it’s supposed to be fun, but if it’s something that’s going to support you then you have to run it like a business as well.
In seven years together, we never split up money after a show. Everything went back into the band account to pay for touring, t-shirts, promotions and all that other stuff.
But really, If you just want to use music as source of income then the best advice is don’t play original music.
And finally, what can folks expect from Saturday's show?
We just want to come out swinging and play a great show.
We always prided ourselves on doing nothing in the studio that we couldn’t do live. Whether it be samples, backing vocals, etc., we knew that with our live show, that’s where you really going to get your fan base excited about you. When you can pack a house with fans who know your music and sing it back to you, that’s when you know you’ve done something special.
As far as Saturday goes We’re gonna be playing “Turning Point” and “The Red Album” but also some new stuff. We’ve always been pretty true to our sound which is something that could sound like Staind one minute and like Hatebreed the next. We believe in that blend and with five five different people with five different flavors of music in the band we try to bring it all together for people.
When people ask what we sound like now, I tell them we sound like Confliction.
For more on Confliction visit their Myspace page or go to the House of Blues site to buy tickets to the show.
This year's Taste of the Town is upon us, beginning in just a few hours. With a very cool website and plenty of coverage already out there, there's no need for us to tell you all about this culinary event featuring tons of local restaurants, we'll simply relay the basic details:
27th annual Taste of the Town
When: Today from 4-10 p.m.
Where: Myrtle Beach Convention Center, 2101 S. Oak St., Myrtle Beach
Cost: $6 to get in with tickets costing $1 each. Each booth will offer small portions for between 1-4 tickets.
Parking: $3 in the Convention Center lot. Free parking available at the former Myrtle Square Mall parking lot. There will also be a free shuttle that will run from behind St. Andrew's Catholic school to the convention center.
http://www.totmb.com/ or 843.448.6062
But since we're all about Myrtle Beach music here at ListenUp, we thought we'd bring you a quick preview of the evening's entertainment options:
4:30-5:30 p.m. - U "N" I
This five-piece outfit specializes in "Elegant Jazz & Blues" and should mesh well with the crowds of senior citizens that tend to crowd the early part of the event. It consists of bandleader Dan O'Reilly, a saxaphonist and CCU faculty member, his wife and vocalist Lisa O'Reilly, Mike Knight, who is also the principle percussionist for the Long Bay Symphony, retired professor and piano player William Hamilton and bassist Denny Hess.
Fresh off a performance at the weekend's Shrimp and Jazz Fest, the band will provide a mix of classy instrumental and vocal tracks and plenty of great standards such as this:
For more on U "N" I or to hear more of their music click here.
5:30-6:30 p.m. - Dino's TV Variety Show
With all the show options in the area, it can be easy to get lost in the fray, but Taste of the Town offers the more the 11,000 attendees expected a chance to catch this great tribute act live without having to venture down to the show's usual venue, 2001 Entertainment Complex.
The act recreates one of the most beloved of classic TV Variety shows, the "Dean Martin Variety Show" with singing, dancing and plenty of comedic bits from tribute artists portraying Ethel, Dolly Parton, Marilyn Monroe and of course Dino himself, accompanied by his Gold Diggers.
Here's a glimpse of what to expect:
For more info, visit the Dino's page.
8-10 p.m. - Soul Function
This "Ultimate Party Band" often comes eight members strong with a powerful horn section and a talented vocalist Travis Worthy. They play energetic covers of all types of music ranging from soul & blues, southern rock, oldies and Motown tunes and will keeping the crowd rockin' into the evening after the Taste of the Town awards ceremony.
Check out their music and band info here.
ListenUp will be out there taking photos and talking with folks, so please make sure and check back tomorrow for more coverage from the event.
One of our favorite "local" bands, Death of Paris, just released a new blog entry today announcing the release of their new album and we wanted to turn readers on to two tracks off the new album, for those who may not have heard of this electro-pop outfit before.
A little bit of background on Death of Paris: The three-piece band is made up of former members of a band of USC students called This Machine Is Me. The band had played a few shows in this area and may sound familiar to some, but once the members left school they parted to take different directions.
Two of the members, Jayna Doyle and Blake Arambula, both Myrtle Beach natives, decided to once again pool their efforts and formed Death of Paris with basisst Jamie Beavers. The Columbia-based band spent the winter recodring demos and honing their sound before catching a break and heading to LA this summer to record at Killingsworth Recording Company in Los Angeles, CA with David Baker at the production helm.
Now, the band is set to release it's first full-length album on Oct. 22 with a show at Columbia's New Brookland Tavern to promote the disc with a likely stop through Myrtle Beach in the near future. Here's two tracks "Narcoleptic" and "East or West" to give you a preview of what the album holds.