Play ball! An official rite of spring, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans kick off the team’s 15th campaign at the beach tonight with an Opening Day matchup against the Wilmington (Del.) Blue Rocks – and it’s also the return of Thirsty Thursday featuring $1 draft beer. The Pelicans are a high Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers and the Blue Rocks are li’l Kansas City Royal nuggets. Budweiser and Bud Light drafts are $1 from 6-8 tonight. The first pitch is slated for 7:05 tonight. A fireworks display also follows the game. Tickets are $8, $9 and $11, available at the stadium box office, online at www.myrtlebeachpelicans.com or by calling 918-6000. TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark is at 1251 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach at the intersection with Robert M. Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach.
For 15 things you oughta know about the Pelicans, see this week’s cover story.
Get ready for some panty-dropping as North Carolina-born retro-soul and R&B crooner Anthony Hamilton returns to the House of Blues on Friday. Hamilton’s been on the scene for roughly a decade, but his stock rose internationally recently when “Freedom,” his duet with Elayna Boynton, was featured on soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino flick “Django Unchained.”
Tickets range from $32.50 to $77.50. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Friday, the show starts at 8:30 p.m. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
Returning to its namesake theater in North Myrtle Beach, country supergroup Alabama plays The Alabama Theatre on Friday and Saturday for the first time since 2002, when the boys played 17 concerts there. But the band’s “Back to the Bowery Tour” kicks off here, and there’s even a fan appreciation show at the tiny ocean front honky-tonk, the aforementioned Bowery, tonight (Thursday), where the band pays homage to its Myrtle Beach roots. Alabama, which originally went by the name Wildcountry, was the house band at The Bowery for a good chunk of the 1970s. Alabama is now officially a trio – Jeff Cook, Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry -having parted ways acrimoniously with drummer Mark Herndon in a very public 2008 lawsuit. Show times at The Alabama Theatre are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Both Friday’s and Saturday’s shows are sold out. The Alabama Theater is at 4750 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-1111 or visit www.alabama-theatre.com.
There’s a butt-load of bands named either The Deluge or Deluge if you Google ‘em, but The Deluge performing Saturday at the next South by Southeast Music Feast at the Myrtle Beach Train depot is the one hailing from the Tarheel State that describes itself as “Southern Americana and soul.” And that fits right in with the SXSE mission. That mission, besides providing music education for local schools, also includes a potluck supper, all-you-care-to-sip locally-brewed New South Beer, and an intimate listening room, with room to groove. Doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday, food service starts at 6:30 and music gets going at approximately 7:30. Tickets are $20 in advance (and include aforementioned grog and vittles) via www.etix.com, or $25 at the door. The Myrtle Beach Train Depot is at 851 Broadway, Myrtle Beach. For more information, go to www.southbysoutheast.org.
The end product of a Kickstarter project (funded by fans) comes to fruition Sunday as local rockers Ten Toes Up kick out the jams with an all-day festival-style wingding at Pawleys Island Tavern, known locally as the PIT, celebrating the release of the spanking new record “Paper House,” and it’s also the PIT’s 10th anniversary. The shindig begins at 1 p.m. SUNDAY and also features performances by local acts Bullfrog and Paperwork along with Columbia’s The Rival Brothers, and there’ll be local artists displaying their wares, vendors, food and beverages, and opportunity to be in Ten Toes Up’s video shoot. There is no admission charge. Pawleys Island Tavern is at 10635 Ocean Highway (U.S. 17), Pawleys Island. Call 237-8465 or visit www.pawleysislandtavern.com.
For more about Ten Toes Up and the new CD, see this week’s Music Notes column.
It’s the return of Sunday Funday as the 2013 edition of the Boathouse’s Summer Concert Series kicks off Sunday with a bang, featuring “American Idol” alum and former Coastal Carolina University student Elise Testone and her large backing band on the outdoor stage overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. Another female rocker with local ties, Bibis Ellison, who graduated from Socastee High School, will open the show. The par-tay starts at 4 p.m. Sunday, with music starting at 5. And the best part - it’s free. The Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill is at 201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Call 903-2628 or visit www.boathousemb.com.
Kent Kimes, Editor
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