Are you parched? It’s been a few weeks since the last one, so we know your mouth is watering for another edition of Thirsty Thursday as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans take on the Wilmington (Del.) Blue Rocks at TicketReturn.com Field in a beautiful pairing of low-price suds and America’s Pastime. It’s like happy hour at the ballpark as draft Bud and Bud Light is $1 from 6-8 p.m. The first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. Thursday. There’s also a post-game fireworks show on tap. The series between the Pelicans and Blue Rocks continues at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $8, $11 and $13 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.
Dust off your Doc Martens and get your flannel out of storage, the retro revolution will be in full swing Friday at Island Bar and Grill as Nirvana tribute Smells Like Grunge pays homage to the band and genre that turned rock radio upside down in the early ‘90s. Also on the bill is local act The Slobz. The show starts at 10 p.m. Friday. There is no cover charge, because that’s the way Kurt Cobain would have wanted it, unless Courtney Love intervened. Island Bar and Grill is at 2272 Glenns Bay Road, Surfside Beach. Call 650-3157 or visit www.islandbarandgrill.com.
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Two bands familiar to Grand Strand audiences, the chart-topping reggae outfit SOJA and the like-minded reggae/rock/hip-hop quartet The Movement, hold court at the House of Blues music hall on Friday. SOJA’s latest release, “Strength to Survive,” topped Billboard’s Reggae Album Chart, and was named Album of the Year by Reggaeville, an online magazine devoted to the genre. The Movement has its roots in the Palmetto State as founding members Josh Swain and Jordan Miller started the band in Columbia, before moving to Philadelphia where they’re now based. Doors open at 8 p.m. Friday, 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.
Expand your appreciation of barley and hops as the 2nd annual Brews-a-palooza is on tap (pun intended) Saturday at The Deck at the House of Blues, featuring samples from more than 50 craft brews, live music and vendors. It’s $5 to get in, and a tasting mug is included with your admission. Sampling tickets are $1 and most samples will be from 1 to 4 tickets. Philadelphia-based Top 40 pop/rock band Beat City provides the beat as you expand your brewski knowledge. The shindig is from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, with a free appetizer buffet from 5-6 p.m. The Deck is at House of Blues, 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Touting a fresh start with a new keyboard player and a new recording project on the market, Savannah, Ga. based reggae roots act Passafire headlines a night of Rasta vibes Saturday at Pirates Cove Lounge, also featuring local sons TreeHouse!, San Diego’s Stick Figure and Denver’s dub step, dancehall, progressive reggae quartet Tatanka. Doors open at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $12 in advance, available via www.showclix.com. Pirate’s Cove is at 205 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach. Call 249-8942 or visit www.piratescovelounge.com. For a conversation with Passafire’s Ted Browne turn to page 18.
Kent Kimes, Editor