In his window-shattering heyday, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford could hit the upper register of the human voice with aplomb, a searing high-pitched wail to match the searing guitars of K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton…So, it’s not too far of a stretch to have the British heavy metal legends’ catalog re-interpreted by a band of guitar slinging, microphone-toting women. On Friday, the all-female Judas Priestess, a tribute to Judas Priest, will be “Hell Bent for Leather” while rocking out Hard Rock Café’s Pinktober, breast cancer awareness event at the pyramid-shaped venue. You’re sure to hear Priest classics such as “Livin’ After Midnight,” “Heading Out to the Highway,” “Breaking the Law,” and “You Got Another Thing Comin’” along with more obscure/deep tracks such as “Victim of Changes” and “PainKiller.”
The concert starts at approximately 9:15 p.m. Friday. There is no cover charge, but donations will be accepted, and those donations along with proceeds from raffles and select merchandising will benefit Littler River single mom Patti DeMiere-Perry who is fighting breast cancer.
Hard Rock Café is at 1322 Celebrity Circle, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach. Call 946-0007 or visit www.hardrock.com.
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Earnest, spiritually-leaning rock band Switchfoot, which has tried to dodge the Christian Rock label – “we’re Christian by faith, not by genre” says vocalist Jon Foreman - meanwhile headlining large Christian Rock festivals and events and earning a 2011 Grammy for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album, returns to the House of Blues for a show on Friday. The band broke through into the mainstream with its 2003 album “The Beautiful Letdown” containing the hit singles “Dare You to Move” and “Meant to Live.”
Also on Friday’s bill is ambient rock act Paper Route (“Carousel”). Doors open at 8 p.m. Friday, the show starts at 9. Tickets range from $21-$35. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Also, check out Switchfoot guitarist Drew Shirley’s Pod Picks on our Music page.
One large-scale Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest down, one to go… After a few years of competing on the same day(s) as the Oktoberfest at The Market Common, the Downtown Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest gets Saturday all to its Bavarian lonesome, and will turn Ocean Boulevard into a virtual brauhaus featuring authentic German beer and cuisine, along with an alcohol-free kids zone, street performers, a bratwurst eating contest, and a full slate of live music, including headliner Nawlins’-based funk/jazz act Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue.
Music starts at noon with Broken Strings, followed by N’Tranze at 1 p.m., Dangermuffin at 2:10 p.m., Weaving the Fate at 3:25 p.m., The Ben Miller Band at 4:40 p.m., the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at 6 p.m., influential Athens, Ga. jam band Bloodkin with Rolling Stones touring saxophonist Bobby Keys at 7:30 p.m. and Trombone Shorty/Orleans Avenue closing things out at 9 p.m. There is no admission charge. Festival hours are noon to 11 p.m. Saturday. Ocean Boulevard will be blocked off from Eighth Avenue N. to Mr. Joe White Ave. For more information, check out www.myrtlebeachoktoberfest.com.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Let’s do the “Time Warp” again…and again. Plan B from Myrtle Beach brings the iconic, interactive gender-bending musical “Rocky Horror Picture Show” to life in the intimate setting of Donny’s Saloon on Saturday and Sunday evenings. The party starts at 11 p.m. Saturday with fun and games, and the cult classic film set for shadow-casting (actors acting out the scenes and lip-synching to the flick) at midnight. On Sunday, doors open at 7 p.m. Sunday, with the show starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door without an accompanying Rocky Horror prop bag, $10 with prop bag. Donny’s Saloon is at 1213 Third Avenue S., Myrtle Beach. Call 444-6113.
The Myrtle Beach Convention Center becomes the area’s largest meat market/meet market on Tuesday, with 10,000-square-feet to mingle, scam on hotties and munch on tapas-style fare from more than 50 local restaurants and eateries as it’s time again for the 29th annual Taste of the Town. The event, which is a fundraiser for St. Andrew Catholic School, also features a wine patio, ale house area, a kids zone, and performances by the Josh Brannon Band and Connor Singleton Band. Lest we forget, it’s also a competition as the restaurants vie for bragging rights for various taste-test awards. The event is from 4-10 p.m. Tuesday. Advance tickets are $5 (available at the school, 3601 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, or all area HTC locations); it’s $6 at the door. You’ll also need to buy food tickets ($1 per pop) if you want to sample the vittles. Myrtle Beach Convention Center is at 2101 N. Oak Street, Myrtle Beach. For more information, call 448-6062 or visit www.totmb.com.
Kent Kimes, Editor
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