October has been chock full of local breast cancer awareness events, but here’s one with a different twist: Local hip-hop artist Richard “Decm” Crout is hosting the Beat Box Battle 2 Beat Breast Cancer on Friday at Kono Lounge, featuring at least a dozen beat-boxers from as far away as New York and New Jersey, and 2011 American Beat Box Championship winner Jflo will serve as a judge. Beat boxing – in case you’ve been under a rock since the dawn of hip-hop – is a vocal technique involving the replication of drums, beats, percussion and other instruments using the mouth, lips, tongue and voice. Crout, whose stage name is pronounced “Deck ‘em,” specializes in beat boxing and has personally been affected by breast cancer because his mother died of the disease last year, and two of his aunts are also cancer victims. The event is from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and proceeds will benefit a local woman battling cancer, Crout said. There is no cover charge, but donations will be accepted at the door. Kono Lounge is at 1901 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. Call 446-6552.
Get your All Hallows Eve freak on early and pull out your stick-pins and effigies as The Deck at the House of Blues hosts a Nawlin’s-inspired costume party dubbed Voodoo: A Halloween Party on Friday. If blissfully unaware, the whole H.O.B. complex is styled after a New Orleans/bayou-esque juke joint, so Friday’s party will feature voodoo dancers, a potion shop, a performance by Columbia-based pop/rock outfit Death of Paris, and a costume contest. The party gets started at 9 p.m. Friday. Admission is $5 in advance, $10 day of the par-tay. The Deck at the House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Want to party like an animal and drink like a fish? No, seriously. The inaugural Brew at the Zoo at Brookgreen Gardens’ Lowcountry Zoo is set for Saturday featuring a plethora of craft beers for sampling, appetizers and a performance by local folk rock act Bullfrog, Tickets are $40, or $35 for Brookgreen members, and there’s a $15 option for designated drivers, too. You’ll be able to sample more than 30 regional and national craft beers in your signature tasting glass (which is included in your admission charge.)
Brew at the Zoo events are popular in larger cities, such as at the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia and Zoo Atlanta. The shindig is from 6-9 p.m. Saturday. 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.
This should be interesting…Embattled neo-traditionalist country crooner/actor Randy Travis, who became a tabloid/Internet sensation back in August when he was arrested after being found intoxicated and buck-naked in the middle of a Texas road next to his 1988 Trans Am which he had crashed, is bringing his cache of hits, such as “Forever and Ever, Amen,” to The Alabama Theatre on Saturday. The August skirmish with the law was the latest string of bizarre incidents surrounding the six-time Grammy winner, but apparently his parole officer is letting him tour. Show time is 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $46.95 and $55.95. The Alabama Theater is at 4750 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-1111 or visit www.alabama-theatre.com.
Meanwhile, across the Barefoot Landing parking lot, modern rock juggernaut Three Days Grace, riding the success of its latest hit, “Chalk Outline,” returns to the House of Blues for a show that’s billed as “An Evening With” - which generally translates as “no opening act.” So it’s all Three Days Grace, which has scored a string of sing-along anthems including “I Hate Everything About You” (not the Ugly Kid Joe song of the same name), “Just Like You,” “Animal I’ve Become,” “Riot,” and “The Good Life.” Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the show starts at 8:30. Tickets range from $30-$53. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
It’s sorta like a grown-up version of Nickelodeon’s “You Can’t Do That On Television,” only the green slime is replaced by various day-glo shades of paint. Other than that, it’s basically a rave where you get doused paint, coupled with a sensory overload of lights and sound display as the Life in Color’s END (Electronic.Never.Dies) Tour returns to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Wednesday, only this time it’s with a Halloween twist (because, you know, Wednesday is actually Halloween). And accordingly, there will be a costume contest. Doors open at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets range from $32-$65, available via www.ticketfly.com or at the door. Myrtle Beach Convention Center is at 2101 N. Oak Street, Myrtle Beach. For plenty more details about this party, see our In Da Club feature on page 20.
Kent Kimes, Editor
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