Dubbed by USA Today as one of hip-hop’s rising stars, much-tattooed rapper Kid Ink brings his cache of growing hits to the House of Blues for a performance on Thursday. Born as Brian Todd Collins, Kid Ink has strung together a spate of hit singles, including "Show Me", "Iz U Down,” and “Main Chick,” and is touring in support of his latest album “My Own Lane,” released in January. King Los and Bizzy Crook are also on the bill. Doors open at 7 p.m., the show starts at 8. Tickets range from $20 to $38. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Having righted the ship after a slow start, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans finish off a three-game set against the Potomac Nationals Thursday at TicketReturn.Com Field, and did we tell you that it’s also T hirsty Thursday featuring $1 brewskis? That’s right, there’s 12-ounce draft Budweiser and Bud Light for a skinny dollar from 6-8 p.m. The Pelicans are a High Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers and the Nationals hope to one day carry Jayson Werth’s jockstrap. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $8, $9 and $11 in advance, available at the stadium box office, online at www.myrtlebeachpelicans.com or by calling 918-6000. TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark is at 1251 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach at the intersection with Robert M. Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach.
FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY
The 7th annual Earth Day Music Fest is a roving event, spread out across three local venues from Friday to Sunday. Things get started Friday at The Deck at the House of Blues featuring a roots-rock-reggae vibe with local act Treehouse!, 5-Forty and Sundried Vibes. It’s from 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and there is no cover charge. The festival shifts to Conway’s Riverfront Park on Saturday, featuring performances by Finnegan Bell, Age Olde Trade/John Owens Journal, Greener Grass, Sai Collins, Hunnilicious and Black Robin Hero. It’s from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday with free admission. Then on Sunday, the action takes place at The Boathouse with performances by Sideways Derby, Bullfrog, Treehouse!, Greener Grass, Hunnilicious, Sai Collins and headliner, The Movement. It’s from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, and again, no cover charge. For more information, go to http://edmf.wordpress.com.
Are you ready for some B, B & B? Perhaps not exactly the three Bs you were thinking, but satiate your longing for craft brew, smoked butts and the high lonesome sound as the inaugural Beer, BBQ & Bluegrass festival is set for Saturday at The Market Common’s Valor Park. The bluegrass lineup features Barefoot Movement (11:30 a.m.), Grasstowne (1:30 p.m.) featuring local mandolin whiz Alan Bibey, local pickers Sawgrass (3:30 p.m.) and three-time International Bluegrass Music Association’s Male Vocalist of the Year, Ronnie Bowman (5:30 p.m.). Grasstowne’s single “Cold Dark Ground” recently hit the top spot on Bluegrass Today’s Weekly Airplay Chart. And for the beer geeks, you can sample various craft brews, including Foothills Carolina Blonde, Highland Gaelic, Lagunitas IPA, Sam Adams Rebel IPA and Curious Traveler. Barbecue will be served by the Piggly Wiggly, Dickey’s, Sticky Fingers and The Kitchen. The event is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, but the grub and libations are not, so bring your wallet. 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.
Underscoring the resurgence in vinyl album-collecting, Saturday is Record Store Day, and features specially-produced, exclusive vinyl packages only available in participating record stores (remember those?) on this day, including local participant Kilgor Trouts Music & More in downtown Myrtle Beach. Kilgor Trouts will have new releases, special editions, colored vinyl, picture discs, 10-inches, 7-inches and 12-inches, as well as 30-50 percent discount on select used vinyl records. You can get the list of Record Store Day-only releases by following this link: http://recordstoreday.com/SpecialReleases. Kilgor Trouts is at 702-D 8th Avenue N., Myrtle Beach. Call 445-2800 or visit www.kilgortrouts.com.
BEST OF THE REST
There’s so much going, we’re running out of space, but would be remiss if we didn’t mention these notable events:
- Myrtle Beach Zombie Walk VII: The End of the Road is set for Saturday at the House of Blues, featuring folks dressed up like the walking corpses and three stages of entertainment. Festivities start at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the walk of the undead around Barefoot Landing is slated for 7 p.m. For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/mbzombiewalk.
- House of Blues’ EDM (electronic dance music) series dubbed Electric, continues Monday with a performance by Texas-based deejay/producer Crizzly. The party gets started at 10 p.m. Monday, and tickets are $10.
- The 9th annual Myrtle Beach International Film Festival kicks off Wednesday and runs through April 26 at Carmike Cinema 17 at Broadway at the Beach, with several related events at various venues across town. For more information, go to http://www.myrtlebeachfilmfestival.com.
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