On the Fly for Nov. 15, 2012


The waiting is the hardest part, every day you get one more yard…If you’ve been waiting for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to come to the beach, the wait is almost over…at least when it comes to that seminal American rock band’s storied catalog. The Waiting, a tribute to Petty and his longtime band, comes to the House of Blues for a show Friday paying homage to an incredible string of hits, from “American Girl” to “Free Fallin’” to “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” and equally tasty deep cuts. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Friday, the show starts 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


Shuck ‘em if you got ‘em! Besides it being football season, basketball season, hockey season and oh-no-it’s-the-holiday season already, it’s also oyster season - one of the great things about living here on the South Cackilacky coast. So grab your shuckers and appetite for mollusk munching and head to the parking lot of Spud’s Waterfront Dining for the 9th annual Murrells Inlet 2020 Oyster Roast set for 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Besides chowing down, there’ll also be live music, including a performance by Marino Garbin – and for the non-oyster-eating wussies, other food, such as hotdogs, burgers, peel-and-eat shrimp and clam chowder, will be available. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the event, entitling you to shove as many oysters down your gullet as you can handle. Spud’s Waterfront Dining is at 4123 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet.

For more information or to order advance tickets, call 357-2007 or visit


He’s made a living accompanying legendary Texas country/folk/Americana artist Guy Clark, but singer-songwriter-guitarist extraordinaire Verlon Thompson is a talented artist in his own right and he steps into the solo spotlight with a return gig Saturday at the next South By Southeast Music Feast at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot. Thompson’s songs have been recorded by the likes of Jimmy Buffett, Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Trisha Yearwood, Kenny Rogers and Sam Bush, and he’s touring in support of his 2011 release entitled “Works.” George Marshall will open the show. Tickets are $20 for SXSE members, and $25 for non-members, and besides the music showcase, it nets you a potluck supper buffet and locally-brewed New South beer. Doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday, the buffet starts at 6:30 and music starts at 7:30 p.m. The Myrtle Beach Train Depot is at 851 Broadway, Myrtle Beach. For more on Thompson and the SXSE organization, see this week’s cover story on page 9.


It’s hard to be hard when you’re named after a Muppet, but rapper Waka Flocka Flame (whose moniker is in part derived from Fozzie Bear’s catchphrase) is lighting up the hip-hop world and he brings his “Friends, Fans & Family Tour” to the House of Blues on Saturday. Born as Juaquin Malphurs, Waka Flocka Flame has scored a handful of booty-thumping hits including “No Hands,” “O Let’s Do It” and “Hard in da Paint.” Doors open at 8 p.m. Saturday, the show starts at 9. Tickets range from $22 to $56.50. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit


Uh, are the opponents going to wear chef hats? In any event, Cliff Ellis’ hoopin’ Coastal Carolina University Chanticleers basketball squad hosts its second home game of the season Tuesday at the brand, spanking new HTC Center vs. Johnson & Wales, a university more known for its culinary arts program than b-ball. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Tickets are $8, $10, $12 and $15. The HTC Center is on CCU’s Conway campus, bounded by U.S. 501 and S.C. 544. For more information, call 347-TIXX (8499) or visit

Kent Kimes, Editor

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