She’s somewhat of a genre-jumper, having latched onto the Kenny Chesney/Tim McGraw Brothers of the Sun stadium tour although she’s not really country, but his much is certain: multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Grace Potter is balls-out hot. And you can check out Potter as she returns to the House of Blues with her band The Nocturnals on Thursday. The band is fresh off a head-turning performance at California’s Coachella festival, just released a brand new record (“The Lion, The Beast, The Beat”) and tonight’s show is one of the act’s handful of headlining dates as it peels off from the massive stadium tour to hit smaller markets – like ours. Also on the bill is folk rocker Rayland Baxter. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., the show starts at 8:30. Tickets are $25. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Generally speaking, festivals around here are confined to the weekends and day-time hours. But hey, Pawleys Island, the self-professed arrogantly shabby isle, ain’t reg’lar is it? So, the Rotary Club of Pawleys Island is hosting an evening shindig in the form of the inaugural Pawleys Island Festival from 6-10 p.m. Thursday on the lawn of the Litchfield/Pawleys Island Hampton Inn, featuring live music, kids’ activities and food and beverages. Local trop-rock duo Latitude is the featured entertainment and the island-themed party includes a toast to the sunset. Fare from the following Waccamaw Neck eateries will be available: Blue Crab, Chive Blossom, Groucho’s Deli, Hanser House, Island Bar & Grill and Shuler’s Bar-B-Que. Advance tickets (available at First Citizen’s Bank, Litchfield Wine & Liquors and the Postal Annex) are $10 for adults; it’s $15 at the gate, and proceeds benefit Alzheimer’s research. Tykes 15 and younger get in free with paid adult admission. Keep the coolers and pets at home, but lawn chairs are encouraged. The Hampton Inn is located at 150 Willbrook Blvd., Pawleys Island. For more information, visit www.pawleysislandfest.com.
Yaaayyyy-ah! Don’t you wish you could get paid for uttering that phrase? Well hip-hop impresario Li’l Jon has taken that affirmation to the bank, most notably on Usher’s 2004 hit “Yeah!” and the artist born as Jonathan Smith is next up in the Hot Summer Concert Series on Thursday at The Afterdeck. But this isn’t a regular Li’l Jon gig – it’s a deejay set, meaning the self-anointed King of Crunk will spin and mix his favorite party tracks live at the open-air venue rather than a straight-up rap performance. Maxim Magazine’s DJ Dirty is also on the bill. Doors open at 10 p.m. Tickets are $30, plus a $3 service fee if you get ‘em online at www.theafterdeck.com. The Afterdeck is at 9719 N. Kings Highway on Restaurant Row, Myrtle Beach. Call 888-523-9076.
The Boathouse is known for its Sunday afternoon concerts, but it can rock on any given night, evidenced by Saturday’s show at the venue featuring Mississippi-based rock act Saving Abel. The band has reeled off a series of rock radio hits since 2008, including “Addicted,” “18 Days,” “Drowning (Face Down),” “Stupid Girl (Only in Hollywood),” “The Sex is Good,” “Miss America” and the current charting single “Bringing Down the Giant,” the title track to Saving Abel’s upcoming album. Also on the bill are Aranda and Redlight King. As with most of the Boathouse’s shows, this one is free. Things get started at 6 p.m. Saturday. The Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill is at 201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Call 903-2628 or visit www.boathousemb.com.
Who knew an inflated sense of self-worth, a foul mouth and a bitchin’ mullet was considered art? Kenny Powers did, you dumb motherfu**kers! This is not a misprint: in homage to HBO’s hit series and its protagonist Kenny Powers comes “Eastbound Art: An Art Show Celebrating Eastbound and Down” set for Saturday at Fresh Brewed Coffee House. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the third season of “Eastbound and Down” was set in – and filmed primarily in – Myrtle Beach as Powers (Danny McBride) attempted to resurrect his baseball career as a member of the fictional minor league team the Myrtle Beach Mermen. Saturday’s show will feature Powers-inspired poster art from local, regional, national and international artists. The event is from 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Fresh Brewed Coffee House is at 933-A Broadway, Myrtle Beach. Visit http://freshbrewedcoffeehouse.com or call 251-8282.
Kent Kimes, Editor
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