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On the Fly for Sept. 6, 2012

FRIDAY

Like a woman who turns 40 but doesn’t tell anybody, Weekly Surge’s 6th birthday sort of slipped by in August. But we’re saying it’s better late than never to party, so join us at The Deck at the House of Blues on Friday to toast the fact that we’ve lasted a half-dozen years and are now eligible to attend first grade. If you get there early, you can fill up on a free appetizer buffet from 5-7 p.m. There’ll be give-aways, chances to win concert tickets, the opportunity to rub shoulders with the Surge staff, pose for Party Pix, and play bar-games such as corn hole, billiards and darts. Also, the Paul Grimshaw Band will perform from 5-8 p.m., followed by regional act Orange Avenue. There is no cover charge, because that’s how we roll The Deck at 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

You can feel like you’re hanging out in a hip, urban oasis – i.e. a real city – on Friday as Travinia Italian Kitchen hosts a wine-tasting event in a suite overlooking the Grand Strand’s pre-fab city, The Market Common on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. The event is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday and it’s $10 per person, entitling guests to the vino samplings paired with appetizers. The suite is 104 Radcliffe, and according to a press release, “the lobby entrance is located in between Barnes & Noble and Travinia Italian Kitchen, and signs will direct guests to the event.” Call 233-3500 for reservations – you can pay at the door. Travinia Italian Kitchen is at 4011 Deville Street, Myrtle Beach, on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, between U.S. 17 Bypass and U.S. 17 Business, south of Myrtle Beach International Airport. For more information, visit www.marketcommonmb.com.

SATURDAY

It’s hard to believe it’s been more than two-and-a-half years since the Grand Strand lost a treasure in the form of music lover/scholar/promoter/proprietor Jeff Roberts. Alternately known as the Gentle Giant and the Minister of Music, Roberts, who died in Jan. 2010, will be honored Saturday as his former organization, the South By Southeast Music Feast, hosts Jeff-Fest, featuring a reunion of once-local act Steamboat Springs at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot. Steamboat Springs was one of Roberts’ favorites as the band held court at the long-since-gone Pickin’ Parlor, and you can expect to hear some originals along with some choice Americana-type covers from the likes of the Flying Burrito Brothers. As with all SXSE Music Feasts, your ticket entitles you to a potluck supper and to fill up on locally-brewed New South beer. Tickets are $20 for SXSE members, $25 for non-members. Doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday, music starts at 7:30-ish. To make reservations, send an e-mail to: southxsoutheast@aol.com. The Myrtle Beach Train Depot is at 851 Broadway, Myrtle Beach.

SATURDAY

When all the tourists are gone, we’re basically still a small town, and in that respect we’re lucky to have a performance venue that’s been graced by a diverse slate of acts from A (AFI) to Z (ZZ Top) for the last decade-and-a-half. And local musicians get a chance to feel what it’s like on that big stage, under the spotlights, blasting through a state-of-the-art sound system with the House of Blues’ Myrtle Beach Rocks showcase. And that series resumes Saturday with a trio of local rock groups: Power Born Rebellion, Wide Open, and the reconstituted SuperSwamp Heroes, which now includes former Confliction members Rollin Carver (lead vocals) and Tripp Gaddy (guitarist). Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the show starts at 8. Tickets are $5, but here’s an On the Fly tip: If you know any of the bands on the bill, hit them up, because they have piles of free passes to distribute. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.

TUESDAY

New Yorkers proudly picked themselves up and rebuilt their lives after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and the Dead Dog Saloon also is a phoenix that rose from the ashes. The waterfront bar/restaurant/music venue quickly rebuilt after a devastating fire in February, and the expanded/revamped performance space plays host to its 11th annual 9-11 benefit featuring live music all day, and a free all-American buffet (hot dogs and hamburgers). The doors open at 10 a.m. Tuesday, and music starts at 11 a.m. with Band on the Rum.The rest of the music schedule goes like this: Act II at noon; Nick Andolora at 2 p.m.; Scoot Pittman at 3 p.m.; Bil Krauss at 4 p.m.; Paul Grimshaw Band at 5 p.m.; Backfire at 6 p.m.; The Mullets at 7 p.m.; The Necessary Band at 8 p.m.; Painted Man at 9 p.m.; Josh Brannon at 10 p.m.; and Ten Toes Up will close things out at 11 p.m. There is no cover charge, but bring your wallet because there will be live and silent auctions and raffles benefitting local police and fire departments. Dead Dog Saloon is at 4079 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet. Call 651-0664 or visit www.deaddogsaloon.com

Kent Kimes, Editor

Tune into Surge’s On the Fly report Thursdays on WBTW’s News13 at 5.

Kent Kimes, Editor

Tune into Surge’s On the Fly report Thursdays on WBTW’s News13 at 5.

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