It’s Independence Day on Thursday and we know you love your Fourth of July fireworks - who doesn’t (besides strict environmentalists and fear-mongering fire safety officials)? Luckily there is no shortage of patriotic pyrotechnics planned for the Grand Strand tonight, so here’s a few to give you some options:
- Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at the Surfside Beach Pier; 650-9548 or www.surfsidebeach.org.
- Fireworks from 9:30-10 p.m., Cherry Grove Pier, North Myrtle Beach; 281-2662 or www.northmyrtlebeachchamber.com.
- Fireworks start at 10 p.m. over Lake Broadway at Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach; 800-386-4662 or www.BroadwayattheBeach.com.
- Fireworks are set to go off from the Veterans Pier at the end of the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk at 10 p.m.; 357-2007 or www.murrellsinletsc.com.
There’s been a resurgence lately of paint parties, featuring da-glo colors and fashion gear resembling a Wham video, meanwhile, the array of running/racing events have expanded to include mud-running, donut scarfing and obstacle courses. On Saturday, worlds collide with the Neon Vibe 5K at Myrtle Beach Speedway. First off, this 5K is at night which set it apart from most races that start in the morning; and secondly participants will get doused with neon paint and illuminated by black light. “Think of it like this - there’s 5Ks, and then there’s running a 5K in black lights with loads of color,” gushes an excerpt from the event’s Web site. “YOU are our color canvas, and when you’re finished with this 5K run you’ll be a vivid glowing masterpiece.” You can register as individual or as a team, and if you do it online at www.theneonvibe.com, it’s $48.75, which includes a T-shirt and processing fee. The race starts at 9 p.m. Saturday. Myrtle Beach Speedway is at 455 Hospitality Lane, Myrtle Beach (off U.S. 501). Call 236-0500.
When the House of Blues announced via social media that Corey Smith was coming back to the venue on Saturday, a Facebook poster questioned, “Who the hell is he?” Despite his numerous HOB gigs, the Georgia-based country/folk/rock artist is still not a household name. But does it really matter? Smith, who is considered an independent artist because he is not signed to a major record label, is doing it the old fashioned, grassroots way, releasing his music independently and packing concert halls without the aid of the corporate suits. Smith hit the lower rungs of the country charts with his 2011 single “Twentyone,” but has attracted a legion of fans with irreverent material such as “Fuck The Po Po.” Gabriel Kelly is also on the bill. Doors open at 8 p.m. Saturday, the show starts at 9. Tickets range from $18 to $28. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
We’re not being macabre, but you never really know when you’ll be able to see a living legend such as B.B. King again, so it’s always an occasion when the 87-year-old blues master brings his beloved axe Lucille to town. There’s no way the thrill will be gone as King returns to headline the House of Blues on Sunday, making the venue an actual house of blues. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, the show starts at 8:30. Tickets are $42.50, $46, $82.50, $87.50, $92.50 and $97.50. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Tabbed as one of baker’s dozen must-see local concerts for the summer of ‘13 in our annual concert preview, the time has come for The Veldt’s show Wednesday at Rockin’ Hard Saloon in Murrells Inlet. “The Veldt was one of the most innovative bands to come out of the talent-heavy alt-rock scene in Chapel Hill, N.C. in the late ‘80s-early ‘90s, with a multi-layered sound that remains to this day incredibly hard to categorize and also extremely intriguing,” wrote Surge contributor Christina Knauss in our May 2 edition. “Lead vocalist Daniel Chavis and band mates mixed alt-rock, psychedelia, funk and New Wave influences into a sound that led one critic to refer to The Veldt as “Echo and the Bunnymen mixed with Prince.” Take that as you will, but rest assured that classic Veldt songs such as “Soul In a Jar” sound are as fresh and sonically challenging today as they were back then.” Show time is 9 p.m. Wednesday and there is no cover charge. Rockin’ Hard Saloon is at 3552 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet. Call 651-9940.
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