Just when the spate of tribute acts cropping up at the beach seemed to be getting stale, we get a righteous homage to melodic pop-metal that’ll shake things up a bit and we’re not...fa-fa-fa-foolin’! Hysteria, a tribute to Def Leppard, brings recreations of arena-sized anthems to the House of Blues on Friday that’s sure to include the hits “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Photograph,” “Love Bites,” “Rock of Ages,” and “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak.” The doors open at 7 p.m. Friday, 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.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
Those crafty bastards at craft brew haven the Crafty Rooster in Conway are hosting a Spring Art, Music and Beerfest on Friday and Saturday at the Conway Farmer’s Market featuring local artisans’ handiwork, local bands, food and a whole gaggle of specialty beers. The event is from 5-10 p.m. Friday and from 1-10 p.m. Saturday. Performing Friday night is Dyno Daddy. On Saturday there’ll be sets from Jeff Thomas, Sean McKenna and Ten Toes Up. Admission is free, but the brewskis are not - so bring your wallet. The Crafty Rooster is at 1125 Third Avenue in downtown Conway. The festival site is behind the bar and grill. Call 438-8330.
Yo, what time is it? It’s 4:20 time again. Celebrating the counterculture holiday known as 4:20 (the 20th day of the fourth month) which espouses the freedom to smoke weed legally, a gaggle of independent reggae-influenced music acts will take to the stage for 4:20 Fest at Borgata. Slated to perform are The Dubber, Below the Bassline, Fireshot, South Street, Sun-Dried Vibes, AllAreOne and TreeHouse! The shindig, appropriately, begins at 4:20 p.m. Saturday, and the last act, TreeHouse! is expected to hit the stage at 11:45 p.m. There is no admission charge. Borgata is at 813 Surfside Drive in downtown Surfside Beach. For a look at the impact of synthetic marijuana along the Grand Strand, see this week’s cover story.
Beat the Monday blahs as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans begin a four-game set against Carolina League rival the Frederick Keys on Monday at TicketReturn.com, ranked as one of the best minor league ballparks in the nation. The Pelicans are a high Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, and the Keys are fledgling Baltimore Orioles. The first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. Monday. The series resumes at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (April 25). Tickets are $8, $9 and $11 in advance ($1 more on game day), 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.
The 8th annual Myrtle Beach International Film Festival - yes, Virginia, there is a such a thing - kicks off Wednesday with the screening of six independent flicks at Carmike Broadway 17, featuring a mixture of shorts and feature-length movies. Wednesday’s program consists of three blocks of short films paired with features-length films: From 3-5 p.m. it’s “The Bunglers” (30 minutes) and “Go With Le Flo” (80 minutes, with English subtitles); from 5:30-7:30 p.m., “Nowhere to Go” (14 minutes) and “Dead Weight” (90 minutes); and from 8-10 p.m., “Sordid Reunions” (21 minutes) and “Little Monsters” (108 minutes). The festival continues through April 27, culminating with an awards ceremony and after-party. All access-passes are $50, and individual session tickets are available at the theater box office. For a full schedule, go to www.myrtlebeachfilmfestival.com. Carmike Broadway 17 is at 1175 Celebrity Circle, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach. Call 445-1600.
Kent Kimes, Editor
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