Myrtle Beach-area’s best entertainment bets for May 15-18


Bike Week, aka the spring motorcycle rally, in the Myrtle Beach area wraps up this weekend, so that means Throttlefest at the House of Blues goes out with a bang, too, and continues Thursday with metal mockers Steel Panther making a return to the concert hall, replete in spandex, Aqua Net overdose, and over-the-top innuendo. Future Villiains is also on the bill and doors open at 8 p.m., and the rawk starts at 9 ($30-$70). Throttlefest continues at 8:30 p.m. Friday with Jackyl, and chainsaw-wielding frontman Jesse James Dupree ($30-$75), and comes to a close starting at 9 p.m. Saturday with the return of outlaw country crooner Jamey Johnson ($35-$80). House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit


The boys of summer continue their homestand at Field when the Myrtle Beach Pelicans kick-off a four-game series against the Potomac Nationals on Thursday - and it’s also Thirsty Thursday and X-Con Night at the ballpark. That means $1 Bud Light and Budweiser draft from 6-8 p.m., and a costume contest in conjunction with X-Con, the local comic book convention being held this weekend, along with appearances by celebrities set to appear at the con. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Thursday. The series continues at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday and concludes at 6:05 p.m. Sunday. Advance tickets are $8, $9 and $11, available at the stadium box office, online at or by calling 918-6000. Field at Pelicans Ballpark is at 1251 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach at the intersection with Robert M. Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach.


X-Con World, Myrtle Beach’s homegrown comic book/fantasy/sci-fi/all-things-geeky-cool, begins its lucky seven year kicking off Friday and running through Sunday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, featuring a slew of nerdtastic activities, gaming, collectibles and celebrity artists, writers and actors. Doors open for the convention at noon Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. Three-day passes are $22 in advance online ( or $25 at the door. Myrtle Beach Convention Center is at 2101 N. Oak Street, Myrtle Beach. Call 918-1225. See page 9 for a preview of this year’s X-Con.


Want an antidote to the boobies and booze of Bike Week? Tabbed as one of Surge’s must-see local concerts for Summer ‘14, Beach Blast Christian Music Festival returns for a fifth year, featuring headliner hard-rocking Jesus freaks Skillet on Saturday outdoors between Eighth and Ninth avenues north in Myrtle Beach. The festival is from 3 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. Saturday. And according to our aforementioned summer concert picks scribe Christina Knauss, also on the bill are “Jesus Culture’s Kim Wallker-Smith, Derek Johnson and Katie Torwalt, Jamie Grace and For King and Country. And those who are firmly up on the Duck Dynasty bandwagon will be glad to know duck family members Sadie Robertson and John Luke Robertson will be making an appearance as well.” VIP gold tickets are $45, regular adult tickets are $43, child tickets are $25, and a family four-pack is $85. Visit or call (855) 484-1991.


Feeling crabby? Then head to the Littler River waterfront for the 33rd annual Blue Crab Festival - an ode to that pinching - yet delicious - crusty crustacean, and a showcase for the North Strand fishing village’s laid-back and picturesque atmosphere. Of course, it wouldn’t be a festival without a full slate of live entertainment, arts, crafts, food and beer vendors, and kids’ area. Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $3 for one day, or $5 for two days. Shuttles will run from the festival site off Mineola Avenue all day to and from officially-designated parking lots, including: Lowe’s Foods, 2575 Highway 179; River Hills Medical Plaza, 4237 River Hills Drive; and Collision Masters, 825 U.S. 17. For more information, call 249-6604 or visit


Emotive Texas-based post-grunge act Blue October brings its brand of self-loathing (“Hate Me,” “Bleed Out”) melodic rock back to the House of Blues in support of the band’s seventh studio album, “Sway.” Singer-songwriter Matthew Mayfield, former lead singer of Birmingham, Ala.’s Moses Mayfield, is also on the bill. Show time is 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $30 to $45. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit

Kent Kimes, Editor

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