In what’s become a yearly tradition of pre-St. Patrick’s Day revelry at the beach, Celtic-infused punk act Flogging Molly brings its 9th annual Green 17 Tour back to the House of Blues on Friday, a part of what’s also being billed as HOB’s 20th anniversary. But hold the phone there, Padraig…The Barefoot Landing venue opened in 1997, and the chain’s first concert hall opened in 1992. OK, well nobody in rock ‘n’ roll has ever been accused of being able to count. In any event, Flogging Molly is a large ensemble by punk rock standards and curiously features lead singer Dave King who used to wail for mid-‘80s metal act Fastway (“Say What You Will). Also on Friday’s bill is U.K.-based Skinny Lister, which blends contemporary pop with traditional British folk and has been described hilariously as “like The Pogues, but with better teeth.” Doors open at 7 p.m. Friday, the show starts at 8. Tickets range from $26 to $63.50. There’s also an after-concert party slated for HOB’s Crossroads restaurant/bar where members of Flogging Molly are to appear, along with a performance by local rockers Shark Legs from 10:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday. There is no cover charge for the after-party. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Widespread Panic has raised the rafters many-a-time at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, including a memorable three-night run at the venue recorded for the aptly titled but slightly geographically-challenged 2005 album “Live at Myrtle Beach.” But in absence of a Durty Myrtle date on the hugely popular Athens, Ga. jam band’s Spring 2013 tour you can do the whirling Dervish dance to the next best thing as Panic tribute act Machine Funk lays down the improvisational vibes on Friday at the Barefoot Landing concert hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. Saturday, the show starts at 8. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 day of show. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
If you don’t mind being “On the Road Again” for an hour and some change, the legendary Willie Nelson and Family will bring one of country, pop and Americana’s most storied songbooks to life with a performance Saturday at the Florence Civic Center. Doors open at 7 p.m. Saturday, the show starts at 8. Tickets are $32.50, $46.50, and $56.50 available via www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. The Florence Civic Center is at 3300 West Radio Drive, Florence. For more information, go to www.florenceciviccenter.com.
Hints of the Big Easy are spread out along the Grand Strand – from the cobblestones of Bourbon Street-esque Celebrity Square to the adult slushies at Fat Tuesday, the juke joint vibe of the House of Blues, to the born-on-the-bayou ethos at Flo’s Place in Murrells Inlet to Bourbon Street Bar and Grill on Kings Highway, but the area’s longest running salute to New Orleans’ most notorious street party is anchored by the rude-on-purpose Dick’s Last Resort at Barefoot Landing. Tuesday is Fat Tuesday, a last day of indulgence before Lent, which also means it’s time for the 21st annual Mardi Gras Parade at Barefoot Landing, winding around the shopping and entertainment development and ending with a party at Dick’s Last Resort. The parade begins at 5 p.m. Tuesday outside Greg Norman’s Australian Grille, and other bars and restaurants along the route will be partying and offering Mardi Gradi deals, too. Prizes are doled out for best – and worst – parade floats and partiers are encouraged to wear beads. After the parade, the Fat Tuesday Party at Dick’s Last Resort features more Mardi Gras merriment, booze specials, and a performance by local acoustic rock act Pale Horse. There is no cover charge. Dick’s Last Resort is at 4700 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-7794 or visit www.dickslastresort.com.
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