A Temptations cover band and appearance from the stars of TLC’s “DC Cupcakes” will highlight a July 20 event celebrating the 75th birthdays of the city of Myrtle Beach and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, according to a press release from the chamber.
The Myrtle Beach Special Events Technical Review Committee discussed the event at its June 19 meeting, and before the City Council on Tuesday, but few details were released at the time.
The “Beach Music Festival” will feature performances from beach music bands, including The Catalinas, The Original Drifters and the Temptations Review, a Temptations cover band.
Additionally Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne, sisters who are featured in TLC’s “DC Cupcakes” and owners of Georgetown Cupcakes will attempt to build a pyramid made of 7,500 – which would set a world record for the world’s larges cupcake birthday cake, according to the release.
The event, coordinated by Palmetto Event Productions Inc., will replace a celebration that centered around an air show by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds that had to be canceled after sequestration in April, Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes said. Palmetto Event Productions also coordinated that event, which was to occur Friday through Sunday.
The festival will take place from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. July 20 on the former Myrtle Beach Pavilion grounds between Eighth and Ninth avenues North in the downtown area. The proposed events initially included a fireworks display, but those no longer are part of the festivities.
Amie Lee, president of Palmetto Event Productions, told the special event committee June 19 that she was working with Myrtle Beach Jetpack Adventures – a water sports attraction that is part of Downwind Sails – so it could do demonstrations on the beach near the Pavilion site. Lee also mentioned having a sand sculpture at the event.
No details on the jetpacks or sand sculpture were included in Thursday’s release and Lee was not immediately available for comment.
The city is co-sponsoring the event, as well as the Native Sons Salt Games taking place the next day in and around Plyler Park. The Salt Games is an all-day beach festival being held July 21 featuring events such as a lifeguard competition, volleyball competition and a bikini contest.