WEDNESDAY | APRIL 3
Representing the venue’s first major pop-rock concert, “American Idol” champ Phillip Phillips brings his Dave Mathews-ish-meets-Mumford and Sons folky pop-rock to the still shiny HTC Center on Coastal Carolina University’s campus on Wednesday. Phillips, a South Georgia native, won the 11th season of “American Idol” and his coronation song, the folk-influenced “Home” became a major radio and digital hit, and he’s followed it up with the hit “Gone, Gone, Gone.” Colorado-based alt-country-pop quintet Churchill is also on the bill. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, show time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. The HTC Center is at 104 Founders Drive on CCU’s Conway campus, bounded by U.S. 501 and S.C. 544. Call 349-2787 or visit www.ticketreturn.com.
Apparently the track record and time window has narrowed for inspiring tribute acts, hence the Adele look-and-sound-alike now featured in Legends in Concert’s lineup. And then there’s Firework – The Katy Perry Tribute which pays homage to the titular pop queen’s recent string of hits Thursday at the House of Blues in a performance that aims to recreate Perry’s elaborate stage presentation, full band and costume changes. You’re sure to hear the hits “Firework,” “E.T.,” “Teenage Dream,” “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” “California Gurls,” and “Hot N Cold.” Interestingly enough, Firework also does a set of Adele tunes. Doors open at 7 p.m., the show starts at 8. Tickets are $10-$13. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Country duo Love & Theft, which scored the chart-topping hit “Angel Eyes,” returns to the Boathouse as part of the venue’s Friday Night Lights series. Love & Theft (singer-guitarists Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson) have also hit the U.S. Country charts with their singles “Runaway,” “Dancing in Circles” and “Running Out of Air.” Canaan Smith is also on the bill.
Unlike the Boathouse’s summer concert series, Friday’s show is inside. But, like the summer concert series, there is no cover charge. Things get started at 9 p.m. Friday. The Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill is at 201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Call 903-2628 or visit www.boathousemb.com.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
Five years ago Myrtle Beach Beer Fest was launched with a leap of faith – would the Grand Strand respond to the growing market for craft brews and spend time and money exploring the beer-centric event? We all know the answer to that now – but the 5th annual Beer Fest faces its second biggest challenge on Friday and Saturday – a change of venue. The event – featuring samples of more than 100 craft beers, a performance by rock act IAMDYNAMITE, and food vendors – spread across three sessions is on tap at the House of Blues, instead of its former site at Valor Park at The Market Common. The first session is from 5-9 p.m. Friday; the second session is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and the third session is 4-8 p.m. Saturday, at which high-energy minimalist rock duo IAMDYNAMITE (“Where Will We Go,” “Stereo”) will perform. Unlike the past few years, you won’t have to hassle with purchasing beer tickets – your entry fee entitles you to all the beer sampling you can handle (but be smart about it). Admission is $40 in advance, $45 day of; and VIP packages are also available for $70-$80. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000. To get an updated list of beers that will be served, go to http://myrtlebeachbeerfest.com/beer-list.html.
And if you didn’t get your fill at Myrtle Beach Beer Fest, indulge in some locally-brewed barley and hops starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday as Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant celebrates its 5th anniversary at The Market Common, featuring a free-pour of the on-site brewery’s German-styled grogs, complimentary appetizers and a performance by local acoustic rock duo The Potatoheads. Tickets are $35 a head, and will be limited to the first 300 sold. Be forewarned: this is a ticketed event; no ticket, no entry. The free pour, which also includes wine and house liquor, is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The event is a benefit for the Children’s Recovery Center. Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant is at 3060 Howard Avenue, The Market Common, Myrtle Beach. Call 839-0249 or visit www.gordonbiersch.com.
The second half of a home-and-away series concludes Wednesday as Coastal Carolina University’s baseball squad takes on The Citadel at Ticketreturn.com Field in Myrtle Beach. CCU is using the Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ stadium for its home games this season as a new baseball facility is under construction on the Conway campus. The first pitch is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $7. TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark is at 1251 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach at the intersection with Robert M. Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach. Call 347-8499 or visit www.ticketreturn.com.
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