On the Fly for Nov. 22, 2012


It’s a Thanksgiving tradition as firmly ensconced as mini-golf, tourists’ mullets and Calabash seafood buffets as the 43rd annual S.C. State Bluegrass Festival returns to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center from Thursday through Saturday, boasting a lineup of more than 15 acts, including legendary band leader Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys (7:30 p.m. Saturday) and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver (2:45 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Friday). The festival starts at 1 p.m. Thursday, and 11 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Ticketing is a little bit tricky, so we’re going to quote directly from the festival’s press release: “Reserved Seat Tickets: Reserved Individual Adult $40 Per Day (Thursday, Friday or Saturday). Children 7-15 $25 Per Day; 3 day Reserved Adult $95, Children $50.--General Admission Tickets: Individual Adult $35 Per Day, Children $20 Per Day, 3 day Adult General Admission $85, Children $45 for General Admission and under 6 free with parents.” OK, so if you order your tickets online – at - they’ll be waiting for you at will call at the convention center. Myrtle Beach Convention Center is at 2101 N. Oak Street, Myrtle Beach. For more information, call 706 864-7203 or 918-1225, and to see the full festival line-up go the aforementioned Web site.


Surely you’ll be in need of some aid if braving the Black Friday shopping mayhem, so after hitting the malls and shops, head over to Liberty Steakhouse and Brewery for the Santa’s Little Helper Tapping Party, featuring the debut of the brew pub’s new seasonal offering (Santa’s Little Helper), and live music performed by local acoustic troubadour Stevie Mac from 4-7 p.m. The 7 percent alcohol-by-volume Santa’s Little Helper is described as “a winter warmer brewed with dark malts and holiday spices” and will be $2.50 per pint during happy hour, which runs 4-8 p.m. There is no cover charge. Liberty Steakhouse & Brewery is at 1321 Celebrity Circle, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach. Call 626-HOPS or visit


Megadeth founding guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine’s probably better off letting his guitar and songs do the talking rather than floating conspiracy theories about the president and temple bombings, and the born-again, conservative metal-head’s beliefs were recently refuted by his drummer…Anyhow, Mustaine maintains Megadeth is experiencing a state of stability and the band – considered one of the four pillars of thrash metal along with Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax – returns to the House of Blues to rattle the rafters on Saturday. Megadeth, also featuring founding bassist Dave Ellefson, released a new album “Thirteen” in 2011, but is best known for the MTV era hit “Symphony of Destruction” from the “Countdown to Extinction” album, and the band is playing that classic recording in its entirety on Saturday. SoCal hard rock trio Kyng will open the show. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the show starts at 8:30. Tickets range from $32.50 to $77.50. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit


Former Drive-By Truckers singer/songwriter Jason Isbell leads his new(er) outfit The 400 Unit back to the Dead Dog Saloon on Sunday for an evening of irreverent Muscle Shoals-inspired alt-country/Americana. On the Fly’s personal favorite is “Codeine” from the 2011 LP “Here We Rest.” Local country crooner Josh Brannon opens the show. Show time is 7 p.m. Sunday. Unbelievably, this show is free – no cover, zero bones, nada dinero. Dead Dog Saloon is at 4079 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet. Call 651-0664 or visit


So you think it’s easy to stand up in front of a paying audience and tell jokes, with a microphone as your only weapon? It’s much harder than it looks, but you can root for some comedic hopefuls as the third round of Comedy Cabana’s 10th annual open mike contest is slated for Tuesday. More than 30 local contestants are vying for the prize package worth more than $500 and a slot as an emcee/host at the comedy venue. Show time is 8 p.m. Tuesday. Admission is $5. Comedy Cabana is at 9588 N. Kings Highway in the Restaurant Row section of unincorporated Myrtle Beach. Call 449-4242 or visit

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.