It’s a last hurrah for former Hot Pour bartender Mark “Fletch” Fletcher, of Island Bar and Grill near Surfside Beach, who has helped turned the neighborhood sports bar into a music destination, featuring a variety of local acts, along with nationally known hip-hop artists such as Nappy Roots and notable punk rockers including former Misfits front man Michale Graves. Fletcher is moving out of state, but has booked some of his favorite bands for Friday’s going-away bash, including Maryland-based pop-punk outfit Count Your Blessings playing a reunion gig, local metal act Circles In Autumn, local hip-hop duo Shamroc ‘N’ QP, and local schlock rockers SharkLegs, who will also be celebrating a CD release. The party starts at 8 p.m. Friday. There is a $10 cover charge, but that entitles you to a free pour from 9-11 p.m. Island Bar and Grill is at 2272 Glenns Bay Road, Surfside Beach. Call 650-3157 or visit www.islandbarandgrill.com.
Right on, right on...can you dig it? You can keep the memories of the far out and funky ‘70s alive as the House of Blues hosts Right On!, a 1970s Costume Dance Party featuring the Right On Band on Saturday night...talk about Saturday Night Fever. Yes, it is a costume party, so pull out your bellbottoms, leisure suits, hotpants and platform shoes and join the disco era fray. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the party gets started at 8:30. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 day of show. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Are you ready for some college football? Despite what your garnet-and-black and tiger-striped friends will lead you to believe, there’s more than two university football programs in the Palmetto State, and our homegrown Coastal Carolina University cluckin’ Chanticleers kick off the Joe Moglia Era on Saturday against North Carolina A&T at Brooks Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are going fast, but $20 Bronze section seats were still available at press time. Brooks Stadium is at 540 University Blvd., Coastal Carolina University, Conway (you can see it from S.C. 544). For more information, call 347-TIXX (8499) or go to www.goccusports.com.
SATURDAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY
Despite the region’s fondness for the ol’ pigskin, there’s still a little bit of America’s Pastime locally left to be taken care of as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, who qualified for the Carolina League Playoffs, finish off the 2012 regular season campaign with a three-game homestand Saturday through Monday against the Lynchburg Hillcats at TicketReturn.com Field. Saturday’s game is also Bark in the Park Night when you’re encouraged to bring your four-legged friends; and on Monday it’s Kids Eat Free Night, when tykes can get a free hot dog, drink and bag of chips with their ticket. Fireworks follow Sunday’s and Monday’s games. Game times are 7:05 p.m. Saturday, and 6:05 p.m. Sunday and Monday. 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.
All good things must come to an end, so we bid adieu to the Backyard Summer Concert Series at the Boathouse for another year on Sunday with a return performance by reggae-tinged folky/rock/pop singer songwriter Trevor Hall, a Hilton Head native whose career got a nice bump when his song “Other Ways” was featured on the “Shrek the Third” soundtrack. The party gets started at approximately 4:30 p.m. Sunday. And there is no cover charge – that’s right, it’s zero dinero. The Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill is at 201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Call 903-2628 or visit www.boathousemb.com.
Opinions about post-grunge rockers Creed are nearly as polarizing as partisan two-party politics, yet successfully reunited with enigmatic lead singer Scott Stapp the band will bring a cavalcade of late-90s/early 2000s rock hits to the House of Blues on Monday. You’re sure to hear “My Own Prison,” “One,” “Higher,” “With Arms Wide Open,” “Torn” “What’s This Life For,” and “My Sacrifice.” Also on the bill are Eve to Adam and Like a Storm. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Monday, the show starts at 7:30. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach. Check out our music page for a conversation with Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti.
Kent Kimes, Editor
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