We were going to say “no” to Yes, mainly because iconic, Mickey Mouse-voiced singer Jon Anderson isn’t on board with the touring incarnation of the outfit that’s coming to the House of Blues on Thursday, but then we considered that the band still includes two masters of their respective fretboards – badass bassist Chris Squire and sinewy, classically-influenced guitarist Steve Howe. Throw in opening act Procol Harum (“A Whiter Shade of Pale”) which still features original keyboardist/vocalist Gary Brooker and you’ve got a nice evening of classic rock history on tap. And here’s the rub on Yes, which has undergone a gaggle of personnel changes through the years – Anderson has been replaced by vocalist Jon Davison, and former Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes is back in the fold, along with longtime drummer Alan White. Yes is best known for long, drawn out progressive rock suites, but has scored a few more compact radio staples including “Roundabout,” “Yours Is No Disgrace,” “Long Distance Runaround,” “Owner of a Lonely Heart” and “Leave It.” Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; the show starts at 8:30. Tickets are $38.50-$89.50. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach. See our Music page for a conversation with Yes drummer White.
FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, high Class A affiliates of the Texas Rangers, return from a short road-trip to take on the Frederick Keys, baby Baltimore Orioles in training, for a three-game series set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at TicketReturn.com Field. Friday’s game will also feature an appearance by pro ‘rasslin’ legend “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, on Saturday there’ll be an Elvis Andrus (former Pelican and current Rangers starting shortstop) Bobblehead give-away, and after the game Sunday a fireworks exhibition is scheduled. Game times are 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6:05 p.m. Sunday. 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.
Back before he was a fervent gun rights activist, realty TV star, supporter of right wing politics and an enemy of animal activists (or at least before all this was widely known), Ted Nugent was a killer guitarist, first with Detroit rock outfit The Amboy Dukes, and then a solo career that produced the F.M. classics “Cat Scratch Fever,” “Stranglehold,” “Free-For-All” and “Wango Tango,” and also a member of hair metal supergroup Damn Yankees. The Motor City Madman returns to the House of Blues on Saturday for a solo gig on his Great White Buffalo Tour, also featuring easy-on-the-eyes opening act guitarist/singer Laura Wilde. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the show starts at 8:30. Tickets range from $26-$54.50. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
School is almost back in session, and you know what that meansscores of computer-hacking geeks colliding in the halls with nose-upturned beauties. But the bridge will be gapped between these divergent forces on Saturday as the Palmetto Studios Art Alliance hosts a Beauty and the Geek Back to School Bash at Palmetto Studios and Gallery, featuring the Beauty and the Geek Dating Game, raffles, live music, deejays spinning tunes and costume contest (oh yeah, and adult beverages). The event is a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club. And partiers who dress as geeks and/or beauties have the chance to win prizes. Things get hopping at 8 p.m. Saturday. There is a suggested $10 donation for admission. Palmetto Studios and Gallery is at 807 Main Street, Myrtle Beach. Call 839-4820.
Are you in need of some Rehab? Well you’re not going to be able to dry out for this type of Rehab, as the hip-hop and country influenced rock act best known for the 2008 hit “Bartender Song (Sittin’ in a Bar)” returns to The Boathouse on Sunday for a show on the venue’s outdoor stage overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. Things get started at approximately 4:30 p.m. Sunday. As with all of the Boathouse’s Backyard Summer Concert Series shows, there is no admission charge – that’s right what other kind of rehab can you get for free? The Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill is at 201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Call 903-2628 or visit www.boathousemb.com.
Kent Kimes, Editor