Myrtle Beach’s best entertainment bets for April 24-29


A cornucopia of independent flicks - those made outside of the Hollywood, mainstream paradigm - take center stage at Carmike Cinemas 17 at Broadway at the Beach as the 9th annual Myrtle Beach International Film Festival runs today through Saturday. All access passes are $50. For more information, go to Carmike Cinemas 17 is at 1175 Celebrity Circle, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach. Call 445-1616. See our story on the Goofing Off page for a complete shedule.


Promoting her recently released debut album, rootsy, soulful pop singer-songwriter Elise Testone, an “American Idol” finalist, returns to her alma mater for a performance Friday at Coastal Carolina University’s Wheelwright Auditorium. Testone, who now lives in the Charleston area, graduated from CCU and was a finalist on the 2012 season of “A.I.” But unlike many of the TV talent show’s competitors, she wrote much of her own material on her independently released record “In This Life,” and she also does a bad-ass cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.” Show time is at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $25 for premium seating and $35 for Elite Access, which includes premium seating, a copy of “In This Life” and a meet-and-greet session with Testone. Wheelwright Auditorium is at 108 Spadoni Park Circle, on CCU’s Conway campus. Call 349-2787 or visit


Stone Brewing, a micro brewing company out of San Diego, has been in the local news a lot lately as local economic developers and boosters try to lure the company into opening a brewery and brewpub in Myrtle Beach. And if you haven’t sampled some of Stone’s offerings, such as Arrogant Bastard Ale, Friday is your chance to get acquainted as Hurricane Maggie’s hosts a Stone Brewery Tap Takeover. The event, which starts at 5 p.m. Friday, will feature Stone’s various craft beer offerings along with plenty of swag. Hurricane Maggie’s Bar & Grill is at 7710 N Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. Call 497-5000 or visit


California-based rock duo Middle Class Rut, which had a breakthrough hit with 2010’s “New Low,” will make a glorious noise on the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway on Sunday as the Boathouse’s Backyard Summer Concert Series continues. Touring in support of the band’s 2013 sophomore effort “Pick Up Your Head,” which expands on MC Rut’s basic guitar-and-drums approach, and the guys have added extra musicians on the road, much like other two-man groups such as The Black Keys. The show gets started at 5 p.m. Sunday. And the best part - it’s free. The Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill is at 201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Call 903-2628 or visit


Singers want to be actors, and actors want to be singers...but macabre metalhead Rob Zombie has flipped that script a bit, and forged a dual career in music and the movies but mostly behind the camera, writing, producing and directing films, including the reboot of the “Halloween,” franchise. But the former White Zombie front man is back to his first vocation, and he’ll perform in concert Tuesday at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach. Disco Death Rock is also on the bill. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tuesday, the show starts at 8. Tickets are $42.50-$97.50. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit We go one-on-one in an exclusive interview with Zombie in this week’s cover story on page 9.


Once again, there’s so much going on this week and weekend, we’re running out of space, but we’d be remiss not to mention some additional note-worthy events:

- ArtFields, a 10-day arts festival and art competition, featuring some artists from the Grand Strand, kicks off Friday in Lake City (in Florence County, about an hour from Myrtle Beach) and runs through May 4. Go to

- The Socastee Heritage Festival, taking place along Dick Pond Road and across the Socastee Swing Bridge, is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday featuring the usual festival bells and whistles and family-friendly fare. Admission is free. Go to

- House of Blues’ locals showcase, Myrtle Beach Rocks!, returns to main concert hall stage at 8:30 p.m. Saturday with a triumvirate of Myrtle Beach-area rock acts - the recently re-grouped Power Born Rebellion, which is celebrating the release of a new EP, Driven Under and The Izm.

Kent Kimes, Editor

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