On the Fly for Aug. 9, 2012


He’s not the slick, rock and pop influenced brand of contemporary country you hear all the time on the radio, rather singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson stays truer to the heartache and honky-tonk of the genre, and the Grammy Award nominated artist returns to the House of Blues for a performance on Thursday. Johnson has racked up considerable accolades for his 2010 double album “The Guitar Song,” along with the hit singles “The Dollar” and “High Cost of Living.” Chris Hennessee will open the show. Doors open at 8 p.m. Thursday, the show starts at 9. Tickets range from $28-$68.50. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit


You’ll be able to satiate your desire for discount suds and pro baseball in one fell swoop as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans finish off a three-game set against the Potomac Nationals at Field when the home team also hosts Thirsty Thursday featuring $1 beer. Yep, you read that right: Draft Budweiser and Bud Light is $1 from 6-8 p.m. Thursday. And it’s also Salute to the Red Solo Cup Night as the first 1,000 can snag a free koozie to get that cheap brewski cold. And a fireworks display follows the game.

The first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $8, $11 and $13, available at the stadium box office, online at or by calling 918-6000. Field at Pelicans Ballpark is at 1251 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach at the intersection with Robert M. Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach.


Rural rap collective Nappy Roots (“Awnaw”; “Po’ Folks”) recently raised the roof at Island Bar and Grill near Surfside Beach, and now two of the group’s members, Skinny and Scales are returning Friday for a duo gig. Also on the bill are DJ Axis Powers of Shinobi Ninja, and local hip hop artists Shamroc ‘N’ QP and Exklusive Music. The party starts at 9 p.m. Friday. Admission is $10, and it includes one beer or house liquor drink per concert-goer. Island Bar and Grill is at 2272 Glenns Bay Road, Surfside Beach. Call 650-3157 or visit


It’s hard to believe Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia has been ungratefully dead for 17 years…and it’s almost harder to fathom that the iconic singer/guitarist would have been 70-years-old today. In celebration of the man’s life, music and easy-going ethos is the 8th annual JerryFest set for Sunday at the Boathouse featuring headliner Melvin Seals and JGB (which originally stood for Jerry Garcia Band, one of his many side projects). Keyboardist Seals has kept the legacy of Garcia’s non-Dead music afloat, and the band’s motto is “Keep of the flame.” It’s pretty much all-Garcia all-day inside and outside the venue, there will be festival-style vendors onsite, with other acts including Athens, Ga.-based Grateful Dead tribute Cosmic Charlie, Possums and Biscuit and Gravy, along with emcee/host Scott Mann of local classic rocks station WAVE-104, WYAV-FM. As Jerry would have liked it, this gig is free, man! No miracles needed. Cosmic Charlie is expected to kick things off at 2:30 p.m. The Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill is at 201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Call 903-2628 or visit


When Robert Cray plays smooth blues guitar, you better sit down. And you’ll have more options to park your backside than a usual show at the House of Blues on Sunday when the Robert Cray Band (“Smoking Gun,” “Right Next Door (Because of Me),” “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”) performs a rare seated show at the venue. There will be a mix of cocktail tables, stools and folding chairs set up on the concert hall’s floor/pit where it’s usually folks standing elbow-to-elbow, or moshing, depending upon the show. General admission standing tickets are still available, too. Doors open at 7 p.m. Sunday, the show starts at 8. Tickets range from $24-$60.50. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit

Kent Kimes, Editor

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