Spin some yarn Thursday with Big Apple-based Americana/alt-country outfit Yarn laying down acousti-grooves at Pirates Cove Lounge. The band, led by singer/songwriter Blake Christiana, has six independent records under its belt, including the recently released “Leftovers, Vol. 2.” Yarn’s sound is somewhere between the alt-country leanings of Wilco and Sun Volt, the country folk rock of Gram Parsons and bluegrass influences of Earl Scruggs. Show time is at 9 p.m. There is no cover charge. Pirate’s Cove Lounge is at 205 Main St., North Myrtle Beach. For more information, visit www.piratescovelounge.com or call 249-8942.
The rapper formerly known as Tity Boi (yeah, catchy, eh?) changed his name to 2 Chainz and has been off the chain ever since and is presently featured in five songs on Billboard’s Top 20 R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart – and he’ll bring his expanding repertoire to the House of Blues for a bass-thumping gig on Friday night. Cap 1 is also on the bill. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Friday, the show starts at 9:30. Tickets range from $25 to $62.50. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach. For a roundtable discussion about Myrtle Beach’s hip-hop scene, see this week’s cover story on page 8.
So they say Myrtle Beach has no culture…To perhaps prove this sentiment wrong, Myrtle Beach Culture Collective, an exposition of visual arts, music and performance arts, is on the docket Saturday at The Boathouse. The event’s Facebook page describes the action thusly: “A few of the artists will be doing live painting, one that even involves the participation of the audience, an eclectic collection of live musicians, bands, electronic artists, DJ/producers, fire performers, and even a yoga instructor.” Local music acts scheduled to perform include: AJ Case, Below the Bassline, Wicked Gift, and Sleeping Policeman. The event is from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday. There is a $5 cover, and bring your wallet as many of the artisans will have their wares for sale. The Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill is at 201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Call 903-2628 or visit www.boathousemb.com.
Brace yourself, because this is a mouthful: The local/regional showcase Myrtle Beach Rocks!, takes on a Rasta-soaked festival vibe on Saturday with Winterfest Reggae Fest, featuring local reggae-infused rock acts TreeHouse! and the aforementioned Below the Bassline, along with frequent visitor Jay D Clark, Sun-Dried Vibes from Fort Mill, and Charlotte, N.C.’s Of Good Nature. According to TreeHouse!’s frontman Jeremy Anderson, this same lineup is part of bigger, Southeastern package trek, called the Exam Jam Reggae Tour hitting the likes of Rock Hill, Athens, Ga., Greensboro, N.C., Asheville, N.C., Charlotte and Columbia. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, music starts at 8. Tickets are $5 (but if you know someone associated with the performing artists, they should have stacks of freebies to give away). House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
The Talking Heads, Blondie and The Ramones used to play a place called Country, BlueGrass and Blues (more commonly known as the legendary CBGB), so it can’t be too much of a shock to the system that Grammy-nominated rap-metal/post-grunge act Saliva (“Click Click Boom,” “Always”) is slated to rock Daisy Duke’s Country Saloon on Wednesday. Spoiler alert: longtime Saliva vocalist Josey Scott is no longer with the band. Local rock acts Stealing Anger and Power Born Rebellion will open the show. Doors open at 5 p.m. Wednesday, with music scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Saliva is expected to take the stage at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20, available at the venue and at Retro Active at Broadway at the Beach or by calling 694-9087. Daisy Dukes Country Saloon is at 2701 S. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach.
Find out who is going home with a prize package worth $500 and – more importantly for an aspiring comic, the invaluable gift of stage time hosting/emceeing a week’s worth of shows at the venue – as the finals of Comedy Cabana’s 10th annual Open Mike Contest is set for Wednesday. More than 30 contestants have been duking it out, armed only with a microphone and the challenge of trying to make audiences laugh. Things get started at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Admission is $12. 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.
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