They say that no publicity is bad publicity, and coming off the flap over the team’s “Unflocking Believable” campaign that was pulled after it ruffled too many conservative feathers, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans’ management is at it again. Accepting a challenge and to generate publicity for Prostate Cancer Awareness Night at TicketReturn.com Field, Pelcians General Manager Andy Milovich has agreed to undergo a prostate cancer exam while singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the Birds’ matchup against the Frederick Keys. And in case you forget it’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Night, there’s also a Foam Finger give-away, which is reminder to get that digital exam if you’re a man 40 or older. Oh yeah, and it’s also Thirsty Thursday, which means you can get brewskis for a measly buck. That’s right, 12-ounce Budweiser and Bud Light drafts are $1 from 6-8 p.m. Wonder if Milovich will knock back a few suds before he feels the glove? The first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. Thursday - and a fireworks display will follow the game. For those that are picking sides: the Pelicans are a High Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers and the Keys hope to one day don the orange and black of Bal’mer. Advance tickets are $8, $11 and $13, 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.
Singer-songwriter-guitarist JJ Grey, and his band Mofro, return to the Grand Strand with a gig Friday night at the House of Blues in support of their latest release “This River.” Grey and Mofro’s music has been described as a combination of rock, soul, blues and funk with a Southern twist and a dose of jamband tendencies. Charleston’s The Tarlatans (hey, that almost rhymes) are also on the bill. Doors open at 8 p.m. Friday, the show starts at 9. Tickets are $27 and $45. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Indie country artist Matt Tucker, a Rock Hill native, is doing it the old fashioned way, gigging, touring, and writing his own material and he makes a stop-over Friday night at Rodeo Bar & Grill for a headlining performance that will include some of his original tracks and a blend of country classics and current hits. The show starts at 10 p.m. Friday and there is no cover charge until 11 p.m. Rodeo Bar & Grill is at 1318 Celebrity Circle, Celebrity Square, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach. Call 315-0120 or visit www.rodeomb.com.
FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Part car show, part truck show, part racing event, part bikini contest, part drifting competition, the NOPI Nationals Supershow invades Myrtle Beach Speedway this weekend. NOPI’s Southeast Showdown is from 6-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 for Friday and $25 for Saturday and Sunday. Kids 12 and younger get in free. Myrtle Beach Speedway is at 455 Hospitality Lane (off of U.S. 501), Myrtle Beach. For more information, call 236-0500 or visit www.myrtlebeachspeedway.com.
Like wow, it’s a luau - or rather a Ninjapalooza Luwow. Throw on your most outrageous ninja, Elvis and/or Hawaiian-inspired get-up and head to the House of Blues for a party that’s going on outside and inside the Barefoot Landing venue on Saturday. The party starts on The Deck at 5 p.m. Saturday with a Hawaiian buffet, drink specials, hula dancers, hula-hoop and limbo contests, and at 7 p.m., Gas Station Disco plugs in to rock the stage. The party shifts to the main concert hall at 9 p.m. for a performance by Graceland Ninjaz, a raucous party band with a faux Elvis frontman. As for the aforementioned costumes - your incentive: costume contest winner receives two tickets to every remaining HOB show on the 2014 calendar. Admission to the Luwow is free, tickets for the Graceland Ninjaz concert are $13. 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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