Sate your desire for cheap suds and some pro hardball as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans finish off a three-game set with the Lynchburg Hillcats Thursday at TicketReturn.com Field, and it’s also Thirsty Thursday ($1 brewskis) at the stadium. Select Bud and Bud Light drafts are $1 from 6-8 p.m. The ump yells “play ball!” at 7:05 p.m. It’s also Great Gatsby Night, celebrating the Roaring ‘20s, so put on your flapper dresses and gangster hats. Tickets are $8, $9 and $11 in advance, 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.
He may not be a household name anymore but English rocker/crooner John Waite was at the top of the heap of power balladeers in the late ‘70s, ‘80s and early ‘90s, including his no. 1 solo hit “Missing You,” and he’s the latest in a string of retro curiosities to headline North Myrtle Beach’s MayFest on Main which rolls around again on Saturday in the city’s so-called Horseshoe area. Waite was also lead singer of The Babys (“Back on My Feet Again”) and supergroup Bad English, with members of Journey, which scored the power ballad “When I See You Smile.” The street festival, which has featured performances by ‘80s rockers Night Ranger and Eddie Money in the past, is free and also on Saturday’s lineup are yacht rockers Little River Band (“Lonesome Loser,” “Cool Change”) and N.C.-based country artist Ross Coppley, who kicks things off at 12:30 p.m. Waite is expected to take the stage at 2:30 p.m. and LRB at 4 p.m. The festival also includes a slew of arts-and-craft booths, food and beverage vendors and kids’ activities. The main stage is at 11 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, the community stage is at 230 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach. Call 280-5570 or visit http://parks.nmb.us.
Praise the lord, pass the biscuits and let your mama know how much you love her. Celebrate Mothers Day as the House of Blues Gospel Brunch gets a kick in its scriptures on Sunday as hip-hop-influenced Gospel artist Kirk Franklin, a multiple Grammy-winner, plays virtual host to the revamped affair via video segments. Franklin produced the show he has hand-picked the set that will be performed by house band Glory. Kirk Franklin’s Gospel Brunch is an all-you-care-to-eat buffet including dishes such as cornbread muffins, chicken and waffles (also Franklin’s choice), jambalaya, carving stations, a made-to-order omelette stand and, to help you ease into your Sunday morning, a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar. Doors open at 9 a.m. Sunday, the show starts at 9:30, and the event runs until 2 p.m. Tickets are $29 for adults, $14 for ages 7-12, and free for tykes 6 and younger. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
“Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, goddamn, motherfuckin’ Myrtle Beach,”...Yep, hip-hop-inflected countryish acousti-rocker Sunny Ledfurd should be our official ambassador with the aforementioned catchy, profane lines from his composition “Myrtle Beach” and the N.C.-based hick-hop star returns to headline the Boathouse’s Backyard Summer Concert Series on Sunday. Also on the Sunday Funday docket is Ledfurd’s Average Joe’s Entertainment label mate Lenny Cooper, aka the “Mud King Digger,” who will celebrate the release of his new album “Mud Dynasty” - which glorifies the mud-bogging lifestyle. The party gets started at approximately 5 p.m. Sunday. The best part: there is no cover charge. The Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill is at 201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Call 903-2628 or visit www.boathousemb.com.
You’ll probably notice the increased hum of Twin V engines when you’re out and about this weekend, but the official beginning of the Myrtle Beach area spring bike rally, unofficially called Bike Week, begins Monday, according to Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson. The Cruising the Coast rally rolls through May 19, with much of the activity taking place outside of Myrtle Beach proper - pier parties, concerts, organized rides, games, attractions, tent sales, and the usual zaniness, from Murrells Inlet to Little River. For a Bike Week primer, turn to page 9 for our local biker column Ridin’ with Big E. For more info, check out www.bikefestivalsmb.com.
Close the door, put out the light...you know you won’t see Led Zeppelin tonight...But you can show “No Quarter” to the challengers of Zep’s throne by celebrating the classic rock act’s storied song book as interpreted by tribute band Zoso which returns to the House of Blues for a gig on Wednesday. Hardcore Zep-heads should delight in Zoso’s set list, which includes a nice smattering of more obscure tracks such as “Bring It On Home,” “Tangerine,” “Out on the Tiles,” “The Rain Song,” “The Ocean,” “The Rover,” “In the Light,” “The Wanton Song” and “Nobody’s Fault But Mine.” Doors open at 8 p.m. Wednesday, the show starts at 9. Tickets are $15 and $17. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
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