Don’t want to wait until nightfall to get your sensibilities pummeled? Check out of work early and check into the Summer Slaughter Tour, a traveling metal-fest featuring headlining mathcore outfit Dillinger Escape Plan and 10 support acts, which gets started Thursday afternoon and rocks into the night at House of Blues. Also on the bill are Cattle Decapitation, Animals As Leaders, Norma Jean, Periphery, Revocation, The Ocean, Aeon, Thy Art is Murder, Rings of Saturn and Conception of Being. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., the show starts at 3:20 p.m. Tickets range from $28 to $55. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Merging the worlds of EDM (that’s Electronic Dance Music, for the uninitiated) and visual arts, the fourth installment of Transcend Music and Art Festival, this time with a 3-D twist, invades Pirate’s Cove on Friday. The event also features stilt walkers, hula dancers, body painting in action, the work of visual artists Jeff Shnazz and Tyler Hinkelman, and includes performances by EDM artists Dioptrics of Chicago, Oniix of Savannah, Ga. and local act VMMO. As for the 3-D part - the first 100 patrons will receive a pair of light refraction 3-D glasses “to heighten your visual experience,” according to the festival’s Facebook page. Things get started at 8 p.m. Friday and roll on until 3 a.m. Tickets are $10, available in advance via www.showclix.com. Pirate’s Cove is at 205 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach. Call 249-8942 or visit www.piratescovelounge.com.
FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY
You don’t have to be a student or have kids in school to take advantage of the annual Sales Tax Holiday in South Carolina, which starts at 12:01 a.m. Friday and continues through midnight Sunday. If you’re in the market for clothing, shoes, computers, linens and bedspreads, for instance, you can find plenty of bargains as you won’t have to pay the six percent state sales tax that is ordinarily levied on such items. E-tablets, such as iPads, are now on the exempt list, but smartphones - and sadly, adult diapers - are not. For a list of items that will be tax-exempt this weekend, go to www.sctax.org.
It seems ‘90s nostalgia has been running rampant, so when people start calling things that happened two years ago as “old school,” then it’s never too early for revering the 2000s, right? Enter the pre-Obama Nation celebration dubbed The Big Night Out featuring three new millennium new rock juggernauts Fuel, Hoobastank and Alien Ant Farm rolling into the House of Blues on Sunday. Fuel lit up the early 2000 rock charts with the hits “Shimmer,” “Hemorrhage (In My Hands),” and “Bad Day,” while Hoobastank produced the massive mid-paced ballad “The Reason” in 2004, and Alien Ant Farm is best known for its 2001 cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.” Tickets range from $25 to $100. Australian rock act Longreef is also on the bill. Doors open at 7 p.m. Sunday, the show starts at 8. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Popular Christian pop/rock act Big Daddy Weave takes the outdoor stage at the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk as part of the Sunday Celebrations Concert Series. The band is led by singer Mike Weaver, and has scored a number of hits on the Christian music charts, including the smash “Redeemed,” “Every Time I Breathe” and “What Life Would Be Like.” Show time is 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. The concert site is listed as 800 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach , in the shadows of the SkyWheel. For more information, call 497-0580
SUNDAY, MONDAY, TUESDAY
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans lock horns with Carolina League rival the Frederick Keys for a three-game set starting Sunday at TicketReturn.com Field. The Pelicans are a high Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers and the Keys are fledgling Baltimore Orioles. A fireworks display follows the game on Sunday, and Tuesday’s game is Two-for-Tuesday featuring $2 craft beers. Game times are at 6:05 p.m. Sunday and 7:05 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. 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.
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