Welsh-born melodic metal band Bullet for My Valentine brings its head-banging tour in support of its most recent record “Temper Temper” to the House of Blues on Thursday also featuring like-minded hard-rocking opening acts Black Veil Brides, Stars in Stereo and Throw the Fight. Doors open at 6 p.m., the show starts at 6:30. Tickets range from $32.50 to $77.50. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Get into the Halloween spirit early and channel your inner Walking Dead as The Deck at the House of Blues hosts a Zombie Beach Party on Friday night featuring a costume contest, games throughout the night, drink specials, sets spun by DJ Soupervillian, and performances by The Graveyard Boulevard, and The Mizfits, a local tribute to The Misfits. There’ll be a zombie makeup artist on hand if you need a little help perfecting your undead look. And get this, the costume contest grand prize includes a pair of tickets to every HOB show in 2014. The party starts at 8 p.m. Friday. Admission is $5. The Deck at House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Why live here if you don’t partake in the bounty of the ocean? Your opportunity to take advantage of the area’s mouthwatering mollusks comes Sunday as Springmaid Beach hosts Roast & Toast on The Live Oaks Lawn, featuring an oyster roast, barbecue, live music and kids’ activities. Roast & Toast is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Parking is free and there is no admission charge, but bring your wallet because the vittles and libations ain’t on the house. Springmaid Beach Resort is at 3200 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Call 315-7100 or visit www.springmaidpier.com.
Postponed last weekend with the threat of nasty weather, the 4th annual Myrtle Beach Wine Fest is back on again, set for Saturday at Valor Park featuring more than 100 wines to sample, food, and live entertainment. It’s kinda like the more female-friendly version of Beer Fest. Wine Fest is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, but if you’re imbibing, you’ll need to buy a $5 official wine-tasting glass and 2-ounce wine samples are pay-as-you-go. (Pssst - beer will be available, too, if you’re not the swish-and-swallow type). 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.
We always take note when an “Okie from Muskogee” rolls through town, so here’s your warning that outlaw country legend Merle Haggard returns to The Alabama Theatre on Saturday night. Haggard has racked up an astounding 38 No. 1 hits, including “Pancho and Lefty” with Willie Nelson, “Big City,” and “The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde.” Show time is 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $47.95, $55.95 and $63.95. The Alabama Theater is at 4750 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-1111 or visit www.alabama-theatre.com.
One of the area’s biggest and longest running Halloween costume contest gets a jump on the horror holiday as Revolutions, Crocodile Rocks and Rodeo Bar & Grill band together to host Terror in the Square on Saturday night at Celebrity Square, boasting a first place prize of $2,000. So get to work on your creative costuming - second place is $1,000 and third place is $500. The party starts at 8 p.m. and is hosted by DJ Barry. There’s no cover charge - and if you’re in costume, you can also get in free at Revolutions, Crocodile Rocks and Rodeo. Celebrity Square is at Broadway at the Beach, bounded by U.S. 17 Bypass, Robert Grissom Parkway and 21st and 29th Avenues North, Myrtle Beach. Call 444-8032 or visit www.fanstasticclubs.com.
Kent Kimes, Editor