Nothing says spring like the hum of a V-twin...and bluegrass? These unlikely bedfellows unite Saturday for the 4th annual Biker Bluegrass Festival at Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson, featuring a performance by local newgrass act Sawgrass and the more traditional Subject to Change Bluegrass Band. The festival, which also includes food, drinks and prizes - is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no admission charge. Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson is at 4710 S. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. Call 369-5555 or visit www.myrtlebeachharley.com.
Behold beer geeks, the Grand Strand’s premier craft brew event is upon us again as the sixth annual Myrtle Beach Beer Fest is set for Saturday at the House of Blues, boasting more than 100 types, flavors and brands of brewskis to tickle your palate, from Abita Jackamo to Woodchuck Cellar Series Smoked Apple. The festival is split up into two sessions with the first slated for 2-5 p.m. Saturday, followed by Session No. 2 from 6-9 p.m. Admission is $35 per session in advance, $45 at the door, and includes official 4-ounce sampling glass and entitles you to unlimited sampling (unless you pass out or die). Obviously, you must be at least 21 to attend. Food and live music is on the docket, too. 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 out a special Beerman column on page 12 as he identifies the top 10 brews he’ll be on the hunt for at Beer Fest.
Multi-instrumentalist Randall Bramblett and his band return Saturday to rock the rafters at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot headlining the latest installment of the South By Southeast Music Feast. Bramblett, who plays keyboards, guitar, mandolin, harmonica and sax, is a musician’s musician playing in the ground-breaking rock fusion band Sea Level before joining as a touring member of latter day incarnations of Traffic, and jamming with many jam bands such as Widespread Panic, Gov’t Mule, and the Allman Brothers Band. Bramblett has appeared many times at the SXSE Music Feast, which is so-named because your ticket also entitles you to potluck supper and all-you-can-sip locally-brewed New South beer. Doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday, music starts at 7:30. Tickets are $20, available in advance via www.etix.com, and $25 at the door. The Myrtle Beach Train Depot is at 851 Broadway, Myrtle Beach. For more info, go to www.southbysoutheast.org.
Athens, Ga.-born jangly folk/pop/rock band King of Prussia, featuring former Myrtle Beach-er Nathan Troutman, returns to the Grand Strand with a gig Saturday at Rockin’ Hard Saloon, on the cusp of releasing a new double-album, boasting contributions from the likes of R.E.M.’s Mike Mills. “Zonian Girls” is set for an April 8 release, following up the 2012 KOP record “Transmissions from the Grand Strand.” Also on Saturday’s bill is Swedish band Case Conrad, and local acts For the Birds and Sapphire. The mayhem starts at 9 p.m. Saturday and there is no cover charge. Rockin’ Hard Saloon is at 3552 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet. Call 651-9940 or visit www.rockinhardsaloon.com.
Penultimate nerd rock act Weezer comes a-calling to the House of Blues on Tuesday, which is April 1, but this ain’t no April Fools’ Joke, as Rivers Cuomo and company intend to drop a heavy dose of some of the best power pop in the last 20 years. Don’t like Weezer, you say? Then consider this cavalcade of hits: “Buddy Holly,” “Say It Ain’t So,” “Undone - the Sweater Song,” “Hash Pipe,” “Island in the Sun,” “Dope Nose,” “Beverly Hills,” “We Are All on Drugs,” “Pork and Beans,” and “If You’re Wondering If I Want You To (I Want You To).” Also on the bill is The Last Internationale, a politically-minded trio that includes Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, the show starts at 8:30. Tickets range from $56 to $124.50. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
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