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The roaring of twin-V engines continues as the Myrtle Beach area’s fall motorcycle rally rolls on up and down the Grand Strand with poker runs, biker games, live music, gear vendors, beer-tub babes, contests, parties and the opportunity to let your freak flag fly freely. For more information, go to www.myrtlebeachharley.com.
See Ridin’ with Big E’s latest column for some rally tips, hotspots and events.
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It’s October, so it’s time to affect a fake Deutschland accent and don your lederhosen for the sixth annual Oktoberfest at The Market Common’s Valor Park set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday featuring German food, German, pumpkin-laced and Oktoberfest craft brews, various vendors, kids activities and the oompah sounds of the Rheingold German Band. Also slated to perform are much decorated local mandolinist Alan Bibey and his band Grasstowne from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday and recently reformed local rock act Not Yet Rated from 4-7 p.m. Saturday. There is no admission charge. Festival hours are 4-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday. Valor Park is off of Farrow Parkway at The Market Common, on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, between U.S. 17 Bypass and U.S. 17 Business, south of Myrtle Beach International Airport. Call 839-3500 or visit www.myrtlebeachbeerfest.com.
Man, these folks are some sick puppies, literally...Australian rock trio Sick Puppies, best known for a bevy of alt-rock hit singles including “You’re Going Down” and “All the Same,” returns to the House of Blues for a headlining gig Saturday in support of the recently released album “Connect.” Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the show starts at 8:30. Tickets range from $24 to $37. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
She’s been the subject of a blockbuster movie, 1980’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and uber-hipster Jack White introduced her to a new audience when he produced her 2004 Grammy Award-winning album “Van Lear Rose,” so it’s always an occasion when living country music legend Loretta Lynn comes to town. Lynn, who has written much of her own material, is sure to perform her classics “Coal Miners Daughter,” “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man,” “Fist City,” and “The Pill” on Saturday night at The Alabama Theatre. Show time is 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $43.95 and $52.95. The Alabama Theater is at 4750 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-1111 or visit www.alabama-theatre.com.
“American Idol” finalist and former Coastal Carolina University alum Elise Testone returns to the Grand Strand for a performance Sunday as part of the ever-nomadic Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art at The Reserve Club. Although Testone was part of the pop-oriented “American Idol” competition, she’s more of rootsy rocker dipping into blues, jazz and soul and mixes in her original songs along with covers of Adele and Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.” The gates open at 5 p.m. Sunday, the show starts at 6. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $40 for preferred seating. The Reserve Golf Club is at 18 Reserve Drive, off of Willbrook Boulevard, in Litchfield/Pawleys Island. For more information, call 626-8911 or visit www.pawleysmusic.com.
Kent Kimes, Editor
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