Once again, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans will be mixing hip hop and baseball.
The Chicago Cubs’ Class A-Advanced affiliate is hosting ‘Old School Hip Hop Night’ on Thursday for the second consecutive year as part of the promotion for Myrtle Beach’s game against the Salem Red Sox at 7:05 p.m. at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. The regular ‘Thirsty Thursday’ promotion will still be going on at the game with dollar 12oz. Bud and Bud Light draughts and two dollar 16oz. cans from 6 to 8 p.m.
“I think the fun that everybody had last year was off the charts. Everybody I spoke to that was at the game just raved about the experience and how much fun they had,” Pelicans president and general manager Andy Milovich said. “Everybody that watched the videos on YouTube and saw the pictures on Facebook wished they had been there. They had conflict or didn’t know it was taking place. For us, it was just so much fun and we want it to be a staple every year.”
DJ and hip hop recording artist Biz Markie – who made an appearance at last year’s ‘Old School Hip Hop Night’ – will be featured at the event again and is expected to lead another postgame party on the turntables, as well as an exclusive meet-and-greet. Markie – notable for his 1989 Billboard Hot 100 top-10 hit “Just a Friend”, as well as appearances on Nickelodeon shows Yo Gabba Gabba! and Spongebob Squarepants – did his own personal rendition of ballpark classic ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ during the seventh inning stretch at last year’s event.
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Milovich enjoyed the services Markie provided last year and is excited to bring the hip hop legend back to Myrtle Beach.
“We discussed whether we should have Biz come back or bring in somebody new. He did such a great job with the postgame party and everything that we felt like bringing him back would ensure it was a great night again,” Milovich said.
Last year, Pelicans fans and employees of all ages participated in ‘Old School Hip Hop Night.’ Many sported old school gear such as parachute pants, Timberland work boots, Kangol hats, oversized headphones and boomboxes to bring out their inner ‘Emcee,’ all while old school hip hop music blared from the field’s PA system.
Also being incorporated into this year’s ‘Old School Hip Hop Night’ will be a one-day hip hop dance clinic, which will take place before the game for kids ages 5 to 18. The dance instruction will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. and all participants will be featured in a pregame dance performance.
“I went to school and grew up in the 80s when breakdancing kind of took over and breakdancing movies came out one after another. You’d go to school dances and kids were breakdancing everywhere. So, that was the one thing I really felt like we needed last year that we didn’t have,” Milovich said. “I think it will be a great addition and I think anything we can add that creates that memorable experience and visual for people is what makes the ballpark experience so great.”
A huge fan of the music genre himself, Milovich said he would love to do even more for ‘Old School Hip Hop Night’ in the future.
“This is promotion we want to continue to do each year and build on,” he said.
If you go
What: Salem Red Sox at Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Old School Hip Hop Night featuring a postgame party with hip hop legend Biz Markie; Thirsty Thursday promotion)
When: 7:05 p.m. Thursday
Where: TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark