The Myrtle Beach Pelicans host game 2 of the best-of-three playoff series against the Salem Red Sox Thursday at TicketReturn.com Field. The Pelicans, a High Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, are trying to beat out the Salem squad, wannabe Beantown Bombers, for the right to advance to the Carolina League’s Mills Cup Championship series. The first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. If necessary, there will be a game 3 at 7:05 p.m. Friday at TicketReturn.com Field. Tickets are $6, $8, $11 and $13, 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.
As we chronicled in the Aug. 22 edition of Music Notes, former Power Born Rebellion front man Eric Ness has resurfaced with a new rock ‘n’ roll outfit, Sinister Blind, and Ness and his new mates headline the local/regional showcase Myrtle Beach Rocks Thursday at the House of Blues. According to the aforementioned Music Notes, Sinister Blind was given the opportunity to select tonight’s opening bands and “hosted a Facebook contest for local bands to show their fan support. The winners were chosen by the number of “likes,” “shares,” and fan comments supporting the act seeking the slot. Those winning opening acts are: Driven Under, Heart Shaped Rock, and Melodic Mutiny.” Admission is $5, but if you know anyone associated with any of the acts, hit them up, as they should have piles of tickets to give away. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., the rawkin’ 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
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The House of Blues becomes the House of Bruise as Warfare 10 - Devastation, a locally-based Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion invades the concert hall on Friday for a mix of pro and amateur bouts inside the cage. General admission is $25, and reserved seating ranges from $50 for individuals to table packages from $250-$500 that can seat five bloodthirsty fans, available at www.warfaremma.com. Doors open at 6 p.m. Friday, the fights will start at 7. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Another sign that autumn is around the corner is the revival of one of Myrtle Beach’s best kept secrets, the semi-monthly South By Southeast Music Feast showcase, which returns Saturday after summer hiatus with a headlining gig by Southern-roots musician (and sometimes actor) Ed Snodderly at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot. Snodderly is a songwriter who also owns a long-running music venue in Johnson City, Tenn. and he appeared in the Coen Brothers’ “O Brother Where Art Thou” as a fiddle playing village idiot. We sound like a broken record, but here goes…this event is dubbed a “feast” because your ticket entitles you to a pot luck supper spread along with beverages that include locally-brewed New South beer. Doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20 in advance via www.etix.com, or $25 at the door. The Myrtle Beach Train Depot is at 851 Broadway, Myrtle Beach. For more information, go to http://southbysoutheast.org.
It’s always wise to befriend a bartender (or three) and tip them generously, especially in this town that’s so heavily dependent upon the service industry - and which will drive you to drink on many occasions. In honor of these hard-working mixologists comes the inaugural Myrtle Beach Bartenders Ball slated for Sunday at the Marina Inn Grande Dunes ballroom, a sort of grown-ups prom for drink-slingers and their admirers, replete with red carpeted entryway. The semi-formal event (i.e. you’re supposed to dress sharp, so leave the flip-flops, booty shorts and tropical shirts at home), from 7 p.m. to midnight Sunday, features open bars from local watering holes serving their signature drinks, food prepared by the Marina Inn staff, and DJ Kinetiq spinning tunes. You must be 21 or older to attend. Advance tickets are $50 available at www.yourbartendersballl.com until 5 p.m. Friday. Tickets at the door will be $65. Proceeds benefit the Grand Strand Humane Society and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is at 1499 Grande Dunes Blvd., near the northern junction of U.S. 17 Bypass and Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach.
Kent Kimes, Editor
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