THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY
The high lonesome sound is beach-bound again as the 44th annual South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival - a Thanksgiving tradition -invades the Myrtle Beach Convention Center Thursday through Saturday, featuring a who’s who of pickers and players, including headliners Dailey and Vincent, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, IIIrd Tyme Out and The Spinney Brothers. The festival kicks off at 1 p.m. Thursday and goes until 10 p.m., resumes from noon to 10 p.m. Friday and finishes off from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $40 per day for reserved seating for adults, $35 for general admission, or $85 for three-day general admission passes. There are various other ticket options, including those for children, so for more information, go to www.adamsbluegrass.com or call (706) 864-7203. Myrtle Beach Convention Center is at 2101 N. Oak Street, Myrtle Beach. Call 918-1225.
Country singer-songwriter Lee Brice, a native of nearby Sumter, brings The Otherside Tour to the House of Blues on Friday and you’re sure to hear live renderings of his growing cache of hits, including “Love Like Crazy,” “A Woman Like You,” “Hard to Love,” “I Drive Your Truck” and “Parking Lot Party.” The Chris Lane Band is also on the bill. Doors open at 7 p.m. Friday, the show starts at 8. Tickets range from $26 to $64.50. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Playoffs, are you kidding me? Yes, Jim Mora, college football does actually have playoffs and not just a corrupt, convoluted bowl system and computer-generated ranking system to crown its champion...but we digress…For the second year in a row, Coach Joe Moglia’s Coastal Carolina University gridiron gang (10-2) has qualified for post-season play, and will host a first-round matchup in the NCAA FCS playoffs Saturday at Brooks Stadium against Bethune-Cookman (10-2), a team the Chanticleers knocked off last year for the school’s first-ever playoff win. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. Saturday. The game will be broadcast by ESPN3. At press time, $15 tickets were still available via www.ticketreturn.com. Brooks Stadium is at 540 University Blvd., Coastal Carolina University, Conway (you can see it from S.C. 544). For more information, call 347-TIXX (8499) or go to www.goccusports.com.
Warm up with some wine, barbecue, live music and a big-ass blaze as La Belle Amie Vineyard hosts the Holiday Spirits Bonfire from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, featuring a performance by local act Stringwood. Admission is $3, but you can get in for free if you bring two non-perishable food items that will be donated to local food banks. Barbecue plates, including pork, black beans, rice, corn on cob and slaw are $7. Besides La Belle Amie’s signature wines, you can also purchase water, soda and beer. You’re encouraged to bring a lawn chair and/or a blanket, but leave Fido at home, and don’t try to smuggle in that flask or cooler, because outside beverages are not ‘lowed (hint: it’s a vineyard, they make their own wines, they want you to try said wines). La Belle Amie Vineyard is at 1120 St. Joseph Road, off of S.C. 90, North Myrtle Beach. Call 399-9463 or visit www.labelleamie.com.
With the bio-doc “History of the Eagles” sparking renewed interest in the classic country-rock band, Don Henley, Glen Frey and the boys have hit the road again. And while that road doesn’t extend to the Grand Strand, a reasonable facsimile thereof, On the Border, an Eagles tribute, will transform the House of Blues into “Hotel California” on Saturday. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 day of show. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and the show starts at 8:30. 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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