Rising up from the Christian Rock realm, San Diego-based Switchfoot broke through into the mainstream with the hit singles “Meant to Live” and “Dare You to Move” from 2003’s “The Beautiful Letdown,” and five albums later the quintet is touring behind the release of “Fading West,” the soundtrack to band’s behind-the-scenes film, including a gig Friday at the House of Blues. Indie rockers Kopecky Family Band, from Nashville, Tenn., are also on the bill. Tickets range from $22 to $32. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 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.
FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY
On second thought, let’s not go to Camelot, ‘tis a silly place. Whoa there, King Arthur, if Camelot is out, then perhaps you’d rather enjoy Theatre of the Republic’s production of “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” a Tony Award-winning musical based on the film “Monty Python and The Holy Grail,” kicking off a three-week run Friday at Main Street Theater. Performance times are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. It continues March 6-9 and March 13-16. Main Street Theater is at 337 Main Street, Conway. Tickets are $21. Call 488-0821 or visit www.theatreoftherepublic.com. For an exploration of Monty Python’s appeal to new generations, see this week’s cover story on page 8.
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He knows that “Bandz a Make Her Dance,” and always-trippy rapper Juicy J, a former member of Three 6 Mafia, brings his “Never Sober Tour” and growing cache of hits and plenty of low-end boom to the House of Blues for a performance Saturday. Also on the bill are Travi$ Scott and Project Pat, who is Juicy J’s older brother. Doors open at 8 p.m. Saturday, the show starts at 9. Tickets range from $27.50 to $67.50. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Check our conversation with Juicy J on page 13.
Grab your posse and head to Gilligan’s Island Funland Golf for the inaugural Bro-Am Putt Putt Jam on Sunday, benefitting the Surf Dreams Foundation. Sign up starts at noon Sunday, and the competition begins with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. It’s $10 to play as an individual, or $40 for four-man teams. There’ll be a hole-in-one contest, and free food provided by Jimmyz Japanese Hibachi and Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers. Despite the bro-tastic name of the event, it promises to be family-friendly. Surf Dreams is a non-profit foundation providing surfing gear and instruction for local kids who many not otherwise be able to afford it. The foundation is in the process of getting official 501(c)3 non-profit status. Gilligan’s Island is at 3009 U.S. 17 Business in Garden City Beach. Call 651-4220.
THE BEST OF THE REST
So many events this week along the Grand Strand, we couldn’t give ‘em all the royal treatment, but here’s a list of some other noteworthy stuff happening:
• Thursdayand Friday, preliminary rounds of Hard Rock Cafe’s Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands continue with the 13th Paradox, S.I.C., and setnickgo duking it out Thursday and The Izm, October Chorus and Breezy going toe-to-toe on Friday. Competition starts at 8 tonight and Friday. Call 946-0007 or visit www.hardrock.com.
• D&D Sluggers, a Wilmington, N.C.-based duo that incorporates Nintendo DS and Game Boy DMG into its stage sound blending with guitar, synths and vocals headlines Nerd Bar at X-Con Comics in downtown Myrtle Beach on Saturday. Show time is 9 p.m. Saturday. There’s a $5 cover. Call 839-4820.
And there are two big Mardi Gras shindigs on tap - one on the north-end, the other south.
•The fourth annual Marshi Gras on the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk is set for 5 p.m., which is Fat Tuesday. A parade, which begins at The Wicked Tuna, will wind its way through the MarshWalk eateries and ends at Bovine’s. Go towww.marshwalk.com
• Also on Fat Tuesday, Dick’s Last Resort’s 22nd annual Mardi Gras Parade will wind through Barefoot Landing starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, ending with a Mardi Gras Party at Dick’s. Cal 272-7794 or go towww.dickslastresort.com
Kent Kimes, Editor
Tune into Surge’s On the Fly report Thursdays on WBTW’s News13 at 5.