Unwittingly and unfairly lumped in with its flannel-clad, grunge brethren of Seattle, ‘90s rock act Candlebox is still kicking it and will bring its cache of radio hits including “You,” “Far Behind,” and “It’s Alright” back to the House of Blues on Saturday with co-headliner Hinder, which is doing its best to revive the power ballad with tracks such as “Lips of an Angel” and “Better Than Me.” Devour the Day and Open Air Stereo are also on the bill. Doors open at 7 p.m. Saturday, the show starts at 8. Tickets range from $25 to $62.50. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
The area’s other large-scale homage to Deutschland is on tap Saturday as the annual Downtown Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest invades Ocean Boulevard featuring German food, music and beer, vendors, games, an alcohol-free kids zone, street performers and a slew of bands, including drivin’ ‘n’ cryin’ (“Fly Me Courageous,” “Straight To Hell”) and headliner Cowboy Mouth (“Jenny Says”). Ocean Boulevard will be closed to vehicular traffic from 8th Avenue North to 9th Avenue North, and the festival grounds incorporates part of the former Myrtle Beach Pavilion site. Festival hours are from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday. There is no admission charge. The music lineup includes Broken Strings at noon, Who Shot JR? at 1:15 p.m., Ballyhoo at 2:45 p.m., Passafire at 4:15 p.m., American Aquarium at 5:45 p.m., drivin’ ‘n’ cryin’ at 7:15 p.m. and Cowboy Mouth at 8:45 p.m. For more information, go to www.myrtlebeachoktoberfest.com or call 997-6695.
Check out the Austin, Texas-based Americana of singer/songwriter Patterson Barrett who headlines the next South By Southeast Music Feast set for Saturday at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot. Barrett is a seasoned multi-instrumentalist who has played with such Americana luminaries as Jerry Jeff Walker, Nancy Griffith, and Buddy Miller. As for the “feast” portion of the event, your ticket also entitles you to a pot luck supper and free-flowing locally-brewed New South beer. Tickets are $20 in advance via www.etix.com and $25 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday, pot luck dinner starts at 6:30 and music starts at approximately 7:30. The Myrtle Beach Train Depot is at 851 Broadway, Myrtle Beach. For more information, go to http://www.southbysoutheast.org.
Performing with its original lineup for the first time in more than three years, local punk outfit Jerk & Destroy plays a reunion gig Sunday at Island Bar and Grill in Surfside Beach, so put on your “Drinking Shoes.” Gravy Crockett is also on the bill. Music starts at 11 p.m. Sunday and there is no cover charge. Island Bar and Grill is at 2272 Glenns Bay Road, Surfside Beach. Call 650-3157 or visit www.islandbarandgrill.com.
It’s been chilly outside recently but it’s going to be chili outside on Sunday in Murrells Inlet...a whole helluva lot of chili. So gather up your antacid tablets and your adventurous palate because it’s time again for the 14th annual Lip-Rippin’ Chilympics Chili Cook-off outside Wicked Tuna/Crazy Sister Marina in Murrells Inlet from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. There’s a few new wrinkles to the event, which is a benefit for the local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, including expansion of the festival site into blocked off portions of U.S. 17 Business from Macklen Avenue to the boat landing, a free shuttle service from Inlet Square Mall’s parking lot, and the addition of a national headlining act, rock duo IAMDYNAMITE (“Where Will We Go,” “Stereo”). In addition, there’ll be loads of vendors and info-booths, kids activities and a full slate of live music, including performances (in order) by: The Kregs, Paperwork, The Winchesters, Sideways Derby, Strike-O-Matics, The Carvers and Ten Toes Up. IAMDYNAMITE is expected to hit the stage at 6 p.m. Admission is free, but you can purchase $1 tickets to sample the competing chef’s chili concoctions and locally-brewed New South Beer will be available. Prizes awarded in the following categories: Best Overall, Best Restaurant, People’s Choice, Most Original, Best Theme, Best Vegetarian, Best Use of South Carolina Ingredients, and Hottest Chili, and the awards will be announced at approximately 3:30 p.m. Wicked Tuna/Crazy Sister Marina is at 4123 U.S. 17 Business at the southern end of the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk. For more info, go to http://surfridergrandstrand.org.
Kent Kimes, Editor
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