Fusion, the local summertime promotion pairing hot deejays with national recording artists aimed at melding the concert experience with the nightclub experience continues Thursday with performances including rapper Waka Flocka Flame (“No Hands,” “Hard in da Paint”) and DJ Eyecon, with opening act Spiff Kidz, featuring DJ B-Lord at the House of Blues. Doors open at 9 tonight and that’s when the show starts, too. Tickets are $30. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Tropical, arrogantly shabby and island-inspired vibes are on the docket as Island Fest 2013 is set for Thursday on the lawn of Hampton Inn in the Litchfield/Pawleys Island area. The festivities include food and beverages, a performance by local trop rock outfit Latitude, a sunset toast, and kids activities galore such as face-painting, hula contest and a bounce house. The festival is from 6-10 tonight. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the gate (tykes 15 and younger get in free). For more information, log onto www.pawleysislandfest.com. Hampton Inn is at 150 County Road S-22-362, off Ocean Highway (U.S. 17) at Willbrook Blvd, Litchfield/Pawleys Island.
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Gentlemen, there’s no fighting in the war room! But in the concert hall, all bets are off... And it’s sure to be a war in the cage on Friday as the 9th installment of local Mixed Martial Arts promotion Warfare Fighting Championship returns to the House of Blues, featuring the Warfare Light Heavyweight World Champion bout between former UFC fighter Rodney “Sho’ Nuff” Wallace and Aaron “Tex” Johnson, fresh off of a Bellator victory. The card includes a mix of pro and amateur MMA bouts. Doors open at 5 p.m. Friday, the matches start at 6. Tickets are $25, $35, $50, $60, $75 and $100. 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 & SUNDAY
Fulfill your need for speed as the Bucksport Marina hosts the Outboard Drag Boat Association’s U.S. Nationals this weekend on a fourth-of-a-mile stretch of the Waccamaw River, while on shore a slate of concerts in conjunction with the event are planned, featuring SwampDaWamp on Friday, Tru Sol on Saturday and Buck Cody and the Super Pickers on Sunday. Practice runs and trials are scheduled Friday, with official heats set for Saturday and Sunday. Gates open at 1 p.m. Friday, and at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $5 for Friday, $10 for Saturday and Sunday, or you can get a three-day pass for $20. For more information, call 397-5566 or visit www.bucksportplantation.com. Bucksport Marina is at 135 Bucksport Road, off of U.S. 701 south of Conway.
On the other end of the Grateful Dead/Allman Brothers Band-inspired jam band horizon lies Umphrey’s McGee, which takes prog rock cues from the likes of King Crimson and Franks Zappa, but like its jam brethren, it’s all about the live experience and well, extemporaneous jamming. And you can experience Umphrey’s McGee’s acclaimed live show as the sextet returns to the House of Blues on Saturday. And check this out audio-geeks: A limited number of Snowcones & Headphones packages are available for this gig, where you’re outfitted with “a Sennheisser in-ear monitor wireless pack and high fidelity Audio-Technica headphones, allowing you to experience the sonics of UM in absolutely unparalleled quality,” with a wireless signal sent from the soundboard, according to the band’s Web site. It costs $40 (in addition to your ticket) plus a deposit on a credit card. If you’re interested, send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Doors open at 8 p.m. Saturday, the show starts at 9. Tickets are $20 and $25. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Celebrating its 41st year, another edition of the mini-arts festival, Art in the Park, is set for Saturday and Sunday at Chapin Park, featuring the handiwork of more than 60 artisans, roughly a third of whom call the Grand Strand home. You’ll see a variety of mediums represented, including pottery, metalworks, glass, fabrics, jewelry, photography, woodworking and paintings. There’s no admission charge, but bring your wallet because you might want to snag an original piece of art. Art in the Park’s hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Chapin Park is at 1400 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. For more information, call 446-3830 or visit www.artsyparksy.com.
Kent Kimes, Editor
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