You’ve heard of Sanford & Son, and fauxlk rock sensation Mumford & Sons, but what about Cranford & Sons? Like Mumford, there really is a Cranford in this Hilton Head-based Americana/Celtic/rockabilly quartet which looks to do some Lowcountry stomping Saturday at Pirate’s Cove Lounge. The foursome, led by band namesake John Cranford on vocals and guitar, lists its influences on its Facebook page as “June Carter, Robert Johnson, Mark O’Connor, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Megafaun, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Alasdair Fraser.” Show time is 10 p.m. There is no cover charge. Pirate’s Cove is at 205 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach. Call 249-8942 or visit www.piratescovelounge.com.
Remember that hideous cardigan Aunt Bunny gave you adorned with a light-up Christmas tree and sequins-a-blazing snowmen? Well put that garish garment to good use on Friday as the clubs that make up Celebrations Nitelife – Club Boca, Malibu’s Surf Bar, Froggy Bottomz Live – host an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. If you wear a butt-ugly sweater, you get in for free and a free 2013 VIP card, and also you’ll be eligible for the Ugliest Holiday Sweater Contest. Look for ugly drink specials all night long, too, along with live entertainment. The party starts at 8 p.m. Friday. Celebrations’ clubs are all located at Celebrity Square at Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach. Call 444-3500 or visit www.celebrationsnitelife.com.
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It’s true that it doesn’t always feel like a winter wonderland in these parts during the Yuletide season, but only a Scrooge wouldn’t get the holiday spirit with a stroll through the candle-illumined paths and sculpture gardens lined by centuries-old live oaks as Brookgreen Gardens continues its annual Nights of a Thousand Candles this weekend. More than 5,500 hand-lit candles will light up the more than 30 acres available to pedestrian traffic – and you can meander with a hot beverage in hand discovering various spots where holiday/Christmas entertainment is in the offing, from guitar quartets, vocal groups, and handbell ensembles to harpists, storytellers and bagpipers. Nights of a Thousand Candle hours are from 3-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday (it also continues Dec. 20-22). Tickets are $16 for adults, $7 for ages 4-12. You can also grub and guzzle on site too, as platters of seafood and other fare will be available, along with adult beverages – for an additional charge, of course. 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.
OK, so you’ve probably heard that the world is going to end on Dec. 21, according to the ancient Mayan calendar, so a handful of local singer-songwriters are celebrating the impending doom with original compositions reflecting the end of days on Monday at The Sound Hole. Monday’s Songwriters Circle will feature local artists including host Brian Roessler, who cited Randall Hill, Eric Ness, Jay Burton, Alex Lawson, Charles Grace, Dan Barnhart, Jesse Uzzel, Drew Jacobs, Phil Fox, Rusty Henderson, Nick Bowman, and Shawna Roessler as definitely working on material related to the topic, with possibly more if they get their compositions performance-worthy in time. Although the focus is on original music, each artist is allotted two songs, so Roessler admitted that he’d be surprised if someone doesn’t throw R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” into the mix. The show starts at 8 p.m. Monday. There is no cover charge. The Sound Hole is at 1004 Chester Street, Myrtle Beach. Call 712-1218.
Things don’t get any easier for Coach Cliff Ellis’ struggling Coastal Carolina University men’s basketball squad the Chanticleers takes on the big boys – and Ellis’s former team – as the Clemson Tigers come to town Wednesday for a nationally televised match-up on the brand new hardwood of CCU’s HTC Center. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $12. The game is being broadcast by ESPN3 (www.espn3.com). The HTC Center is at 104 Founders Drive on CCU’s Conway campus, bounded by U.S. 501 and S.C. 544. Call 347-TIXX or visit www.goccusports.com
Kent Kimes, Editor
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