THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY
With one bike rally in the rear view mirror, it’s time for another one - Atlantic Beach Bikefest, aka Black Bike Week - and at least one area property is rolling out the welcome mat for the predominantly African-American crowd that predominantly rides Japanese sport bikes. Myrtle Beach Mall (formerly Colonial Mall, and Briarcliffe Mall before that) in that nebulous area between Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach has proclaimed itself the Memorial Day Weekend Hotspot for bikers. The south side of the mall’s parking lot, near Bass Pro Shops, will the be the center of action, which is slated to include vendors, custom bike shows, deejays, live entertainment, celebrity appearances (no clue as to who), stunt shows and a car show. The expo hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Myrtle Beach Mall is at 10177 N Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, near the junction with S.C. 22, just south of Briarcliffe Acres. For more info, call 421-3450 or visit www.bikeweekexpo.com.
The party vibes continue as Sunday Funday, aka the Backyard Summer Concert Series, rolls on along the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway with a headlining performance by energetic Atlanta-based rap-rock outfit Almost Kings at The Boathouse. Show time is 5 p.m. Sunday. And the best part - it’s free. No cover. Zero dinero. The Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill is at 201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Call 903-2628 or visit www.boathousemb.com.
Channeling ‘80s new wave vibes mixed with a new millineum sensibility, Utah’s Neon Trees had the ubiquitous, crossover hit of 2010-11, the sing-songy “Animal,” so expect to hear it, along with hit single “Everybody Talks,” and the foursome’s latest smash, “Sleeping With a Friend,” and more from the band’s latest record, “Pop Psychology,” when the quartet returns to the House of Blues on Sunday. Also on the bill are Smallpools and Nightmare & the Cat. Tickets are $30 and $45. Doors open at 7 p.m. Sunday, the show starts at 8. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
See page 17 for conversation with Neon Trees’ drummer Elaine Bradley.
The House of Blues’ Monday night Electric showcase, featuring EDM (Electronic Dance Music) artists and deejays continues with a headlining gig by Borgore, an Israeli EDM producer, singer and dubstep deejay - who, right or wrong - has been blamed/credited with the change in Miley Cyrus’ musical direction. The two collaborated on Borgore’s track “Decisions.” Tickets are $31. Doors open at 9 p.m. Monday, the show starts at 10. 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 & WEDNESDAY
Returning from a week-long roadtrip, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans kick off a three-game set with the Salem Red Sox on Tuesday at TicketReturn.com Field, and it’s also $2sday Brewsday, featuring $2 craft beers from 6-8 p.m. The Pelicans are a High Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, and the Salem squad is the junior varsity for that team from Beantown that won the World Series last year. The first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. Tuesday. The series continues at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 29. Advance tickets are $8, $9 and $11, available at the stadium box office, online at www.myrtlebeachpelicans.com or by calling 918-6000. TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark is at 1251 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach at the intersection with Robert M. Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach.
Kent Kimes, Editor
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