There’s a tear in our beer…Yes, sadly, it’s the last Thirsty Thursday ($1 beer) of the regular season as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans attempt to qualify for the playoffs while capping off a four-game set against the division rival Salem Red Sox at TicketRetun.Com Field. Draught Budweiser and Bud Light goes for a single clam from 6-8 p.m. Thursday. It’s also College Football Night, so wear your alma mater’s gear to get into the spirit. The Pelicans are a high class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, and Salem is affiliated with some team from Beantown that no one has ever heard of. The first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. Thursday. 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.
A noted gun for hire for many rock heavyweights, Steve Vai became a household name when in essence, he stepped into Eddie Van Halen’s shoes in the mid-80s becoming the featured guitarist/on-stage foil in VH frontman David Lee Roth’s solo band. A respected virtuoso who has worked with/for a variety of artists, from Frank Zappa to Whitesnake to Public Image Ltd., Vai is god among guitar aficionados and he brings his stellar chops and jaw-dropping technical proficiency to the House of Blues’ stage on Friday. Former “The Voice” contestant Beverly McClellan, who is featured on Vai’s new album, “The Story of Light,” is also on the bill. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Friday, the shreddin’ starts at 8:30. Tickets are $27.50-$55. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
The 14th annual Premier Bluegrass Weekend set for Friday and Saturday at Ocean Lakes Campground marks the return of native son Mike Rogers, who is a guitarist/vocalist in legendary/award-winning bluegrass act Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, which is on the festival’s docket for a Saturday performance. Other artists slated to perform include T he Grascals and Big Country Bluegrass on Friday and Darin & Brooke Aldridge and Rich in Tradition on Saturday. The festival is from 4-10 p.m. Friday and 2-9 p.m. Saturday at the Ocean Lakes Recreation Center. Advance tickets for adults is $40 and that gets you in for both days…but there is a catch. You have to be an Ocean Lakes guest – yet you don’t have to spend the night. Here’s your handy-dandy On the Fly way to comply: reserve a campsite, which will run you $64-$71 depending on the site, load up your friends in a couple of vehicles and split the rental cost. Plus, you’ve got a spot to tailgate if you like. Ocean Lakes Family Campground is at 6001, S. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. Call 238-5636 or visit www.oceanlakes.com.
Hey ladies, don’t know an end-around from a post pattern? Are you a wide receiver with a tight end? Oh, wait, wrong double entendre…Anyhow, if you’re a chick and you’re looking to bone up on your pigskin knowledge then check out Football 101: Ladies Night, which aims to explain the Xs-and-Os of gridiron action to the fairer sex Saturday evening at Coastal Carolina University’s Adkins Field House. The info-session will feature new CCU head football coach Joe Moglia and his staff who will explain the ins-and-outs of football and also answer questions. In addition, they’ll “provide an ‘insider’s look’ at athletic training and the equipment necessary to play college football,” according to a press release issued by the school. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, the event starts at 6 p.m. and runs until 8. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Adkins Field House is at 935 One Landon Loop on CCU’s Conway campus, between S.C. 544 and U.S. 501. For more information, call 234-3428.
Some things are hyped as the “only” this and that, and other things described as “unique” when there’s more than one-of-a-kind to refute the claim, but it’s safe to say Matisyahu has cornered the market on Orthodox Jewish hip-hop and rock-infused reggae. The artist born as Matthew Paul Miller but known on stage and record as Matisyahu returns to the House of Blues for a performance Saturday that also includes collaborators, hot reggae-rock act The Dirty Heads (“Lay Me Down,” “Spread Too Thin”). Matisyahu has also appeared as a guest on indie/progressive rock outfit Moon Taxi’s debut, and this Nashville, Tenn.-based quintet is also on Saturday’s bill. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $35-$82.50. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Hot country outfit Love & Theft rocketed up the charts with the No.1 hit single “Angel Eyes” and the duo - singers/guitarists Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson – headlines The Boathouse’s Outdoor Summer Concert Series on Sunday. The group’s single “Runaway” also hit the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. Opening the show is Conway-turned-Nashville, Tenn. artist Jessie Rice, hitting the stage at approximately 5 p.m. Sunday. 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
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