Florida-based ska-punk band Less than Jake – which made some mainstream waves with the early 2000s hits “The Science of Selling Yourself Short” and “She’s Gonna Break Soon” – returns to the House of Blues on Saturday, touring in support of the new compilation “Greetings and Salutations from Less Than Jake.” Lionize, Protagonist and local rockers Bamboo Forest are also on the bill. Tickets are $20-$22. Doors open at 7 p.m. Saturday, the show starts at 8. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Coming off a thrilling win vs. Clemson followed by an agonizing defeat at the hands of College of Charleston, Coach Cliff Ellis’s Coastal Carolina University men’s hoops squad looks to right the ship Sunday against Greensboro College in a hard-court matchup at the spanking new HTC Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 and $12. 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
C’mon, you know you want to…Put on your swim gear and join the crazed masses that will take a celebratory dip into the frigid Atlantic as SeaWatch Plantation hosts the 3rd annual Ultimate Polar Bear Plunge for a Cure on Monday, benefitting the American Cancer Society. Last year’s event drew 400 participants and organizers are looking to top that number. There are three levels of participant donations: There’s the $15 Ultimate Plunger, which includes a long-sleeve commemorative T-shirt; the $10 Little Dippers, which includes a commemorative beanie cap; and the $5 Tippy Toe donor, which will net you a stuffed, plush polar bear. Plungers can hang around for the after-party, too at the resort’s Tiki Bar.
The plunge is set for 2 p.m. Monday. SeaWatch Plantation is at 151 SeaWatch Drive, off of Kings Road, Myrtle Beach. For more information and to pre-register, call 692-2011 or send an e-mail to: email@example.com or Erica.Seabeck@wyn.com.
We’ve lost count how many times indie folk-rock-country-blues artist Corey Smith has helped usher in the New Year at the House of Blues and the Georgia-bred singer-songwriter whose boozy anthem “Twenty One” scraped the bottom rung of the country singles charts, is back at the Barefoot Landing venue once again on Monday, headlining the concert hall’s New Year’s Eve festivities. Also on the bill are American Aquarium and Indian Rodeo. Doors open at 8 p.m. Monday, the show starts at 9. Tickets range from $22-$52.50. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Yeah, yeah, we know, we don’t have Times Square or any nationally-iconic gathering spot like those big, fancy-pants cities, but we do have Celebrity Square, and several of the nightclubs occupying the cobblestoned entertainment corridor at Broadway at the Beach are pooling their resources for a New Year’s Eve blowout on Monday. For $30 in advance, or $35 day of, you can get into all of the following clubs to countdown to 2013: Malibu’s Surf Bar, Froggy Bottomz, Broadway Louie’s, Crocodile Rocks, Rodeo Bar & Grill, and Club Boca. Meanwhile, out in Celebrity Square, the festivities include a deejay spinning party tunes, balloon drops, confetti cannons and live simulcast of the annual Times Square countdown. Doors to the clubs open at 7 p.m. Monday. For ticket info, call 444-8032 or 444-3500. Celebrity Square is at Broadway at the Beach, bounded by U.S. 17 Bypass, 21st and 29th Avenues N. and Robert Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach.
For more information, go to www.broadwayatthebeach.com.
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