Are you thirsty for some professional hardball? How about some $1 beer? Well, then, it’s a match made in heaven as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, and hard-hitting third sacker Joey Gallo, take on the Frederick Keys at TicketReturn.com Field, and it also happens to be Thirsty Thursday, featuring $1 Budweiser and Bud Light from 6-8 p.m. Thursday. The Pelicans are a high class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, and the Keys are fledgling Baltimore Orioles. The first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. Advance tickets are $8, $9 and $11 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.
Who says you can’t get anything for free? Well, you can on Free Comic Book Day which is Saturday, and local comic shop X Con Comics is going all out, offering up free comic titles, activities and all things geeky cool from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with activities shifting to Nerd Bar in the evening. X Con Comics at Palmetto Studios is at 807 Main Street, Myrtle Beach. “Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) is the biggest event in the comic book industry,” states a press release issued by Diamond Comic Distributors. “The comics are from great publishers, featuring classic and new characters, great stories, and amazing artwork that everyone will love. The comics for the 2014 FCBD are from top publishers, featuring new and classic characters and great stories including Teen Titans Go!, SpongeBob, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Simpsons, Transformers, and many more that are great for both adults and kids.” Coastal Comics, 9261 SC 707, Suite D in Burgess, Player’s Choice,10177 N. Kings Highway, Unit 10 at Myrtle Beach Mall, and Apocalypse Comics, 710 U.S. 17 South, Suite H, North Myrtle Beach are also participating in Free Comic Book Day. For more information, go to www.freecomicbookday.com.
We’ve lost track of how many names this event has had through the years, but it’s now going under the moniker of the Rivertown Music & Craft Beer Festival in downtown Conway, and that’s alright by us. The rebranded street festival features two stages of entertainment, a classic car show, vendors and a craft beer tasting zone with more than 80 brews to sample. Performers include Paperwork at 3 p.m., Steady Hand String Band at 5 p.m., Jesse Rice at 6:45 p.m. and The Mullets at 8:30 p.m. Festival hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. There is no admission charge, but the beer and food isn’t free, so bring your billfold, you skinflint. For more information, go to www.conwayalive.com.
Want to see boxing up close and personal but can’t make a last-minute trip to Vegas? Then head over to Cinemark 14 at Coastal Grand Mall as “The Moment: Mayweather vs. Maidana” will be broadcast live on the big screen on Saturday night. The 12-round fight pits WBC Welterweight World Champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather against WBA Welterweight World Champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana. In addition to the main event, you’ll also get to see undercard bouts featuring Amir Khan vs. Louis Collazoin, J’Leon Love vs. Marco Antonio Periban and Carlos Molina faces Adrien Broner. The event starts at 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20 in advance via www.cinemark.com. Cinemark 14 is at 2100 Coastal Grand Circle, Myrtle Beach. Call 839-3225.
Off-kilter rhymer Earl Sweatshirt, a member of the hip-hop collective Odd Future, brings his solo act to the House of Blues on Saturday, in support of his critically-acclaimed debut album “Doris,” which wound up on a slew of best-record-of-2013 lists. Tickets are $27 and $45. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, the show starts at 9:30 p.m. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Next up for the Boathouse’s Summer Backyard Concert Series, aka Sunday Funday, is hard-rocking Mississippi outfit Saving Abel, which is best known for the hit single “Addiction,” which rose to No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart back in 2008. Founding lead singer Jared Weeks left the band to pursue a solo career late in 2013, but Saving Abel has soldiered on with new vocalist Scotty Austin, of Trash the Brand. The concert gets started at 5 p.m. Sunday with local rockers The IZM. And whether you come by land or water, there is no admission charge. The Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill is at 201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Call 903-2628 or visit www.boathousemb.com.
So everybody hates Mondays, right? Well don’t be a hater on this Monday, because it’s Cinco de Mayo, which means it’s time for the 17th annual BurroFest at Burro Loco, an outdoor festival featuring Mexican food and cervezas, games, and a full day of live music. The fiesta gets started at 11 a.m. Monday and the music lineup includes: Paperwork at 3 p.m., Josh Brannon Band at 5 p.m., Bullfrog at 7 p.m., Tastes Like Chicken at 9 p.m. and No Limit Duo at 10:30 p.m. There is no admission charge. And for you studious academics, free shuttles will run from the clubhouses of Monarch 544 and The Cove apartments near Coastal Carolina University’s Conway campus to Burro Loco every 30 minutes starting at 3 p.m. Fiesta del Burro Loco is at 960 Jason Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Go to www.fiestadelburroloco.com or call 626-1756.
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