The House of Blues locals showcase, Myrtle Beach Rocks!, series continues Friday at the venue’s main concert hall with a reunion of two Robbie Frye projects - Flick-It and 10 Gage - along with local rockers The IZM and local singer-songwriter Reid Cox. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Friday, the show starts at 8. Tickets are $5, but...if you know someone associated with the performing acts, they should have plenty of free tickets to disperse. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
She’s crafty…and she’s just my type. Yo Beastie, you can probably find your type too, with more than 100 beer choices as the Crafty Rooster hosts its annual Beer Fest on Friday and Saturday at the Farmers’ Market behind the downtown Conway pub. In addition to the assortment of brews, there’ll be artisans, vendors and live music. Festival hours are 5-11 p.m. Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday. A $30 bundle deal includes an official tasting glass, T-shirt and 20 beer tickets. The Crafty Rooster is at 1125 Third Avenue, downtown Conway. Call 438-8330 or visit www.craftyrooster.com.
The next South By Southeast Music Feast is set for Saturday at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot featuring Georgia-based soulful, rootsy/southern-influenced rock act Davin McCoy and the Coming Attractions, which sounds to these like a cross between The Wallflowers, Jason Mraz and The Allman Brothers Band. It’s $20 for SXSE members, $25 for non-members and your ticket includes pot-luck supper and locally-brewed New South Brewing beer - hence the term “feast.” To reserve a ticket, send an e-mail to: email@example.com. Doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday, grubbing commences at 6:30, and music starts at 7:30. The Myrtle Beach Train Depot is at 851 Broadway, Myrtle Beach. For more information, go to www.southbysoutheast.org.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Anyone familiar with Brookgreen Gardens knows it is an amazing outdoor sculpture garden, but it also has great restaurants. During the Harvest Home Weekend Festival on Saturday and Sunday, the culinary staff is serving White Bean Chili, Vegetarian Soup, salad, seasonal desserts, beer, wine and more. The weekend also includes a fall plant sale, pumpkin painting, scarecrow building and hayrides, plus live entertainment ranging from bluegrass music (including Down Home, a duo featuring singer/guitarist Doug Fankhouser and The Alabama Theatre’s fiddler, Robert Napier) to storytelling and puppet shows. Festival hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $14 for adults, and $7 for ages 4-12 (but remember, that will get you into Brookgreen for seven consecutive days). Brookgreen Gardens is at 1931 Brookgreen Drive, across U.S. 17 from Huntington Beach State Park, between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island. For more information, call 235-6000 or visit www.brookgreen.org.
And speaking of devouring, gird your gut as one of the fall’s grooviest gastro events is set for Sunday in the open marsh air of Murrells Inlet. Chili lovers can get their fills at the Lip-Rippin’ Chilympics Chili Cook-Off scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday in the parking lot at Spud’s Waterfront Dining/Crazy Sister Marina in Murrells Inlet. Chili sampling tickets are $1 each, and New South Brewing beer will be available. The music schedule includes performances by Danielle Howle, Downtribe, The Carvers, Pure Cult, and Ten Toes Up. There is no admission charge, but proceeds from the event benefit the Grand Strand chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, which works to protect the area’s beaches and waterways. Meanwhile, more then 30 chili-masters will vie for $5,000 worth of cash and prizes and competing in the following categories: People’s Choice, Hottest, Most Original, Best Vegetarian, Best Theme, and Best Use of South Carolina Products. A certain bearded, jovial editor of this fine publication will also be serving as a judge for the 6th year in a row. Spud’s Waterfront Dining is at 4123 U.S. 17 Business, but you can park in the adjacent lot at the south end of the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk. For more information, go to www.surfridergrandstrand.org.
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