Mayfest on Main brings in Beach Boys, country singer Ross Coppley

spalisin@thesunnews.comMay 7, 2014 

  • If you go

    What | Annual “Mayfest on Main”

    When | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday

    Where | Main Street in North Myrtle Beach

    Includes | Concerts in “Horseshoe,” at Main Street and Ocean Boulevard, by:

    • noon – Blue Monday ( www.bluemonday.net) of Charlotte, a tribute band for 1980s tunes from MTV’s music era

    • 2 p.m. – Ross Coppley ( www.rosscoppley.com), a country singer from Lexington, N.C., based in Nashville, Tenn.

    • 4 p.m. – “Legends of Surf Music,” with original Beach Boys Al Jardine and David Marks, and Dean Torrence from Jan & Dean, with Surf City Allstars (www.surfcityallstars.com) and special guest Matt Jardine

    How much | Free admission

    Information | 280-5570 or parks.nmb.us

    Other festive outings

    FOURTH ANNUAL ‘BACK TO SUMMER CAR AND TRUCK SHOW’

    By | Myrtle Beach Car Club

    Benefiting | Various local charities

    When | Saturday -- registration 9 a.m.-noon for $20 (a fee for this event only), judging at 3 p.m.

    Where | near Hard Rock Cafe, at Broadway at the Beach, at U.S. 17 Bypass and 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach

    How much | Free for spectators

    Information | 742-9802

    HORRY COUNTY ‘MARCH FOR BABIES’

    Benefiting | March of Dimes ( www.marchofdimes.com)

    By | March of Dimes Pee Dee Division, 608 16th Avenue N., Suite F, Myrtle Beach

    What | 3-mile walk

    When | 9:30 a.m. Saturday (register at 8:30 a.m.)

    Where | Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach

    How much | Donations from fundraising

    Information | 488-3463

    EIGHTH ANNUAL BAREFOOT WINES BEACH RESCUE PROJECT

    Benefiting | Barefoot Wines, Surfrider Foundation Grand Strand Chapter (333-2034 or surfridergrandstrand.org) and community volunteers’ 15 efforts nationwide to help keep beaches, rivers and lakes “barefoot friendly”

    When | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday

    Where | Withers Swash Park, off Third Avenue South in Myrtle Beach, near Family Kingdom Amusement Park

    Also | For volunteers, ages 21 and older, free admission to Surfrider’s Makai Luau 6-10 p.m. Saturday at Hot Fish Club, 4911 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet

    How much | Free

    Information and reservations | beachrescue2014.com

    LA BELLE AMIE VINEYARD

    What, when and how much |

    “Saturday Music & Cookout,” noon-5 p.m. Saturday, with music by Jerry Jones 12:30-4:40 p.m., for free

    Nantucket Music & Wine Fest, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 15, with music by Southern Justice 12:30-3 p.m. and Nantucket Band 3:30-5, for $10 -- and bring two canned/dry food items for local food banks and receive a complimentary wine sampling

    Where | 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, just west of North Myrtle Beach Middle School

    Information | 399-9463 or www.labelleamie.com

    FAMILY FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON

    By | Ladies Philoptochos Society of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church

    Benefiting | Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas and St. John Philoptochos Scholarship Fund

    When | 12:30 p.m. Saturday

    Where | St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church hall, 3301 33rd Ave. Ext. N., Myrtle Beach, at U.S. 17 Bypass

    How much | Donation $30 ages 11 and older, $10 ages 2-10, and free ages 2 and younger

    Also | Greek bazaar benefit, June 6-7, for $1 admission daily -- call 448-3773

    Information | 449-9684, 798-2117 or www.stjohn-mb.org/ministries/philoptochos/fashionshow.htm

    NINTH ANNUAL ‘MAKAI LUAU’

    Benefiting | Surfrider Foundation Grand Strand Chapter

    When | 6-10 p.m. Saturday

    Where | Hot Fish Club, 4911 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet

    How much | $30 individual or $55 couple

    Includes | Food by Jimmyz Original Hibachi, beer from New South Brewing Co., wine from Barefoot Wines, music by Drew Jacobs and the Sauce, and prizes from contests for best limbo and lei, and ugliest Hawaiian shirt and Best Lei

    Information | 333-2034 or www.surfridergrandstrand.org

    PAWLEYS PAVILION REUNION

    Benefiting | Habitat for Humanity of Georgetown County

    When | 6 p.m. Saturday

    Where | Pawleys Nature Park, on North Causeway in Pawleys Island

    How much | Ages 13 and older: $30 advance, $35 at site; $10 ages 3-12; and free ages 2 and younger. Group rates available.

    Includes | Entertainment by The Tams

    Information | 546-5685, ext. 6, or www.habitatgeorgetown.com/events.html

    MOTHER’S DAY-THEMED DANCE

    By | USA Dance Inc. Grand Strand Chapter 6024

    When | 7-10 p.m. Saturday

    Where | Myrtle Beach Base Recreation Center, 800 Gabreski Lane, near The Market Common

    How much | $7 members, otherwise $9

    Includes | Music by the Music Machine with Sandra Lucas-Hyde

    Also | Singles welcome, beverages supplies, and everyone’s asked to bring a snack to share

    Information | 808-3397 or www.usadancegrandstrand.org

Al Jardine likes to measure traveling distances in the number of planes he boards to reach his destination.

A founding member of the Beach Boys, he said going coast to coast, from home in Big Sur, Calif., to Myrtle Beach, usually entails “a three-plane ride,” a few more connections than say, a direct, but longer distance, trek on one jet from Los Angeles to Tokyo.

Jardine is glad to return to the Grand Strand on Saturday for North Myrtle Beach’s annual “Mayfest on Main, which opens at 10 a.m. and includes three concerts starting at noon, culminating at 4 p.m. with a “Legends of Surf Music” show by Jardine and another fellow original Beach Boy, David Marks, as well as Dean Torrence from Jan & Dean, and the Surf City Allstars, who come with son Matt Jardine as special guest.

Speaking by phone at the end of April, Jardine called the Beach Boys 50th anniversary tour in 2012 with Marks and the other three surviving group members – group leader Brian Wilson (brothers Carl and Dennis Wilson died in 1983 and ‘88, respectively), lead singer and Wilson family cousin Mike Love, and keyboardist Bruce Johnston, who joined the group in the mid-1960s – “a big deal.”

“That was nice,” Jardine said. “We went all over the world. We traveled all the way to the Orient, Europe, Australia, and back to the United Kingdom. It was quite a long tour.”

He finds that singing Beach Boys music for decades of fans – as immortalized since 1988 in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland – “the memories get more and more important, as life flies by.”

Known for his lead on “Help Me, Rhonda,” Jardine said performing Beach Boys classics for occasions such as this weekend with the Surf City Allstars, he enjoys borrowing the microphone for other songs such as “Little Deuce Coupe,” and that Marks fronts the band for “409” and “Surfin’ USA,” all of which Love had lent his voice to lead the original recordings.

“It’s just fun to branch out a little bit and sing other leads,” said Jardine, who turned 71 in September.

Love and Johnston performed Beach Boys concerts last year at Brunswick Community College in Supply, N.C., and at the Florence Civic Center.

Son assisting Brian Wilson

A father of four sons, Jardine said Matt Jardine, joining the Surf City Allstars on stage this weekend, is recording with Brian Wilson to help finish his solo album.

“It’s great that Matt has risen to that level of responsibility,” the happy dad said. “Brian loves his voice.”

Al Jardine said with his son in the Allstars, “we all work well as a team together.”

“He can sing almost any part that you give him,” Al Jardine said, eager to hear the results on Matt’s own forthcoming CD.

Having grown up with buddies in the Beach Boys and as a fan of the Electric Light Orchestra and Pink Floyd, Matt Jardine also has “his own music,” his father said, “and a lot influences when he was growing up.”

“He’s all over the map with music,” Al Jardine said.

Asked about arranging the background harmonies to the group Chicago’s recording of “Wishing You Were Here” for its seventh album, released in 1974, Jardine he relished that role and singing on that number with Dennis and Carl Wilson.

“For some reason, Mike Love wasn’t available,” Jardine said of that day, when the trio met the members of Chicago and their producer, James William Guercio, at the Caribou Ranch in Colorado.

“We just got a feel for it,” he said. “That turned out to be a wonderful song.”

Jardine joked that he and the late Wilsons “didn’t see one nickel of royalties,” but that “it was not a Beach Boys song; it was a Chicago song – and you did stuff like that” in adding a touch on other artists’ works.

He said he had not thought of that airy, relaxing ballad “for a while.”

“We should do that on another Beach Boys album,” Jardine said, “and do our own arrangement of it.”

For any trivia lovers’ sake, note that Jardine is the only original Beach Boy not native to California. A Buckeye born in the city of Lima, whose family later moved to Hawthorne, Calif., Jardine quoted his father’s ribbing him.

“I had an Ohio twang, he used to say,” Jardine said. “I had no idea what that means.”

Ross Coppley in concert

Ross Coppley has opened on tour for big names in country music, such as Luke Bryan, Billy Currington and Joe Nichols, so performing at 2 p.m. Saturday, before some surfin’ music luminaries, fits right in as he returns to Mayfest on Main for a second straight year.

This country artist, who just moved to Nashville, Tenn., from his hometown Lexington, N.C., south of Winston-Salem, continues riding more success from his latest single, “What I’m Looking For.”

Coppley also has been a repeat headliner on country nights in the past couple of years at The Boathouse Waterway Bar & Grill, just west of Myrtle Beach. His next date there is Oct. 3.

“It’s a great area,” he said, also pointing out its proximity to Coastal Carolina University.

He said “super nice people” make up “that whole area” across the Grand Strand, where he grew up with escapes to his family’s condominium in North Myrtle Beach, and where he still stays on visits.

Coppley said he plays “many beach towns” up and down the East Coast, but that the Myrtle Beach area stands out for its vacation feeling, yet it still “feels like a home.”

Having warmed up stages more recently for the duo Love and Theft – Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson – and Eric Church, Coppley said such “big acts” who have climbed from “up and coming” ranks have been “really supportive” as he plies his own road, “working my own way up.”

That prompted his move to Music City, for networking and hitting the studio on a new project, a follow-up to the eight-song “Feels Good To Me” EP released last July on the Redline Entertainment label.

“This one,” Coppley said, happy that fans have found his music on iTunes, “it’s more the next step in my musical career. ... These songs are the strongest material I’ve ever had. You go through all these phases, coming into your own as an artist.”

Calling last week while packing for some Georgia shows, starting in Macon, he said he’s ready for another Mayfest on Main, where “I had a ball with it” in 2013.

“Festivals are always fun, he said, “because people come from all over. They might be walking by, then they stick around.”

Contact STEVE PALISIN at 444-1764.

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