While we were lucky to be spared the wrath of Superstorm Sandy, we’ve all seen the destruction on TV and many of us along the Grand Strand hail from the Northeast corridor most impacted by the natural disaster and/or have relatives and friends there. You can do something about it tonight as the Comedy Cabana hosts the Hurricane Sandy Relief Comedy Benefit Show featuring stand-up comedians Steve White, Basile, Richie Minervini, MG Gaskin, Sandy Goddard, “Suicide” Jimmy Mathieu, Sean O’ Neal and Cooter Douglas, along with a raffle, and silent auction to raise money for disaster victims. The silent auction starts at 6 tonight at the Good Humor Bar and Grill (the venue’s bar area); the show starts at 8. Admission is $15, with all proceeds from admission, the raffles and silent auction going to the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross. Comedy Cabana is at 9588 N. Kings Highway in the Restaurant Row section of unincorporated Myrtle Beach. Call 449-4242 or visit www.comedycabana.com.
No more cracker-box, high school-sized gym – finally leaving tiny Kimbel Arena behind Cliff Ellis’ clawing Coastal Carolina University Chanticleers men’s basketball squad takes the brand, spanking new hard-court at the brand, spanking new 3,600-seat HTC Center on CCU’s Conway campus to jump start a new season on Friday against Akron. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. p.m. Friday. Ticket prices are $8, $12, $15 and $20. For more information, call 347-TIXX (8499) or visit www.goccusports.com.
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Are you ready for a MASH-up? Well we’re not talking a funky mix-tape or military medical unit here – rather you can learn the art of brewing beer as MASH (Myrtle Beach Area Association of Homebrewers) hosts the second annual Brewing at the Beach set for Saturday at New South Brewing in Myrtle Beach. The event features home brewing demonstrations, beer sampling, and tours of the brewery. Brewing at the Beach is from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. New South Brewing is at 1109 Campbell Street, Myrtle Beach. For more information, visit www.myrtlebeachhomebrew.com.
If you grew up around here in the ‘90s and love rock ‘n’ roll, chances are the independent CD “eight ball of confusion” from Myrtle Beach grunge rockers Sqwearl was in your collection. Audiophiles can now rejoice because that classic recording has finally been stamped on vinyl and on Saturday there’s a throw-down to celebrate at the Boathouse, featuring live performances by Sqwearl, and local rockers Sharklegs and Stealing Anger. “eight ball of confusion,” featuring such Sqwearl staples as “Crash Landing,” is being issued on vinyl by Conway indie label Turnip Farm Records. Things get started at 6 p.m. Saturday. The Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill is at 201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., Myrtle Beach. For more information, call 903-2628 or visit www.boathousemb.com.
Let’s cut to the chase – Mike Ness IS Social Distortion. The scratchy-throated Ness is the lone constant in Social Distortion, and the SoCal rockabilly-influenced punk rock outfit returns to the House of Blues on Saturday bringing Ness’ three chords-and-the-truth musical tomes (“Ball and Chain,” “Story of My Life,” “Bad Luck,” “Cold Feelings,” and “I Was Wrong”) to life. Lindi Ortega and The Biters are also on the bill. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets range from $27.50 to $67.50. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Are you ready to “Pop that Coochie” and “Throw the D”? Yes, controversial leader Luther “Luke” Campbell is no longer in the fold, but original members Fresh Kid Ice and Brother Marquis keep the X-rated 2 Live Crew banner flying and will be “As Nasty as They Wanna Be” as the Boathouse’s Fall Wednesday Night Concert Series continues. According to a press release, “Brother Marquis and Fresh Kid Ice will perform classics like “Me So Horny,” “Hoochie Mama,” “As Nasty As They Wanna Be” as well as smokin’ tracks,” Boom,” “Cougar,” from their current album, “Just Wanna Be Heard.’” DJ Resist spins the wheels of steel throughout the night to keep the party flowing and local duo DJ QP & Shamroc, as well as Chris Johnson, open the show. The best part? It’s freezero bonesnada dinero. The party gets started at 10 p.m. Wednesday. The Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill is at 201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., Myrtle Beach. For more information, call 903-2628 or visit www.boathousemb.com.
Kent Kimes, Editor
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