FRIDAY | 05.17
NMB coordinates concerts
The city of North Myrtle Beach will crank the sound for two summer concert series, for free; just bring chairs and blankets.
• The “Sounds of Summer” monthly series – 7-9 p.m. Fridays in the city’s McLean Park, 93 Oak Drive, south of Main Street, between First and Second avenues South – kicks off May 17 with beach and blues music by the Fat Jack Band. Other artists are variety bands Envision on June 21 and the Nacho Mama Band July 19, Pam Taylor Band (blues) Aug. 16, and the Fantastic Shakers (beach music) Sept. 20. Details:www.parks.nmb.us/Page.aspx?id=18
• Also, the “Music on Main” series will comprise concerts 7-9 p.m. Thursdays – May 23-June 6, as well as July 4 and 25; Aug. 1, 23 and 29; and Sept. 5 and 26 – at 202 Main St., or at the Horseshoe, at Main and Ocean Boulevard. The May 23 guest, The Legacy, a Motown band from Kernersville, N.C., will play at the Horseshoe. Details: www.parks.nmb.us/Page.aspx?id=11.
Check the hot line for updates: 280-5570, ext. 1.
SATURDAY | 05.18
‘Beach Blast’ downtown
The annual “Beach Blast” Christian music festival will play out 3-10:10 p.m. on Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Boulevard, between Eighth and Ninth avenues North.
The schedule of entertainment comprises a welcome by Bone Hampton at 3:55 p.m., Jamie Grace 4 p.m., Matthew West at 4:40, Building 429 at 5:20, Tenth Avenue North at 6:25, message from Matthew West at 7:20, Compassion International at 8:05, and TobyMac at 8:55. Also Outcast Motocross shows will roll at 4 and 6 p.m., across from stage.
Tickets in advance for ages 3 and older are $25-$60, family four pack $85, and group tickets for 10 or more people $38 each, and 20 or more $34, with respective at-door rates of $25-$70, four pack $90, and group rates of $39 and $43. Free for ages 2 and younger.
Details at 800-965-9324 or www.beachblastfest.com.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY | 05.18-05.19
Model trains, art, luau celebrations
A trio of local organizations have special events on tap:
• The Grand Strand Model Railroaders Inc. has a “Swap Meet” – with HO, O, N, Z scale items and train memorabilia – 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 18 in front of the club site, in Myrtle Beach mall, three doors from Bass Pro Shops, at U.S. 17 and S.C. 22, near Briarcliffe Acres. The club also welcomes the public to watch and play with trains 4-7 p.m. Mondays, noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, for free. 293-4386 orwww.isfans.com/gsmrrc
• The Waterway Art Association opens its ’22nd annual Art Exhibit and Sale – 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 18 and 20-23, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 19, at Brunswick Community College Extension, on U.S. 17 in Calabash, N.C., with awards reception 6-8:30 p.m. May 21. 910-575-2527 orwww.waterwayart.org
• The eighth annual Makai Luau, benefiting the Surfrider Foundation Grand Strand Chapter, is 6-10 p.m. May 18 at the Hot Fish Club, 4911 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, for $30 individual or $55 couple. Activities include a fire and hula show from Chief Kamu, a traditional luau buffet, beer and wine beverages, as well as prizes for such contests as Ugliest Hawaiian Shirt and Best Lei. 333-2034 orwww.surfridergrandstrand.org
FRIDAY | 05.17
‘A Sense of Place’ documentary
A documentary by Rhonda Bellamy, “A Sense of Place” will premiere 6-8 p.m. May 17 at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, exploring coastal history and a once-thriving black resort community, Seabreeze. This production, recommended for adults only, will include the film makers and the five featured community members in a panel discussion. Tickets are $15, and space is limited to 100 guests.
Also, the aquarium, on U.S. 421, just south of Kure Beach, open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, will have a community arts day and youth exhibit 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 19, free with admission: $8 ages 13-61, $7 seniors and $6 ages 3-12. Details at 910-458-7468 or www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY | 05.17-05.19
Student groups take stage
Three local groups of students will perform this weekend:
• Carolina Forest High School Show Choirs’ year-end finale, “Showstoppers” concert at 7 p.m. May 17-18 and 3 p.m. May 19 at the school, 70 Gardner Lacy Road, east of U.S. 501, for $7. Details at 236-7997 andwww.cfhsshows.com
• 18th annual recital May 19 by Litchfield Dance Arts Academy of Litchfield Beach, with preshow at noon, and acts at 2 and 4 p.m. at Waccamaw High School in Pawleys Island, for $20 ages 12 and older, otherwise $10 for children accompanied by an adult. 237-7465 orwww.litchfielddance.com
• Spring recitals at Andy Owings School of Music Concert Hall, across from Books-A-Million in Coastal Grand mall in Myrtle Beach. Spring recital – one for each group of students – 2 and 3:30 p.m. May 19, for free. 839-1505 orwww.andyowingsmusic.com