Myrtle Beach’s best entertainment bets for June 26-July 2


Soothe your parched gullet and catch some minor league baseball action at the same time as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans take on the Potomac Nationals at Field, and it’s also Thirsty Thursday featuring $1 beer. In addition, it is Western Night (yee-haw!) and there’ll be a post-game fireworks show, too. Select draft beer, including Budweiser and Bud Light, is $1 from 6-8 p.m. The first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. Advance tickets are $8, $11 and $13, 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.


Embraced by the jam band crowd, the horn-driven funk, jazz and soul outfit Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, with one-man-band opening act Keller Williams (not to be confused with the real estate company of the same name), brings the groovy grooves to the House of Blues on Friday. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Friday, the jammin’ starts at 8:30. Tickets are $31. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit


It’s an ode to the rolling waters of the Waccamaw and all things ‘Murican when Conway hosts its annual Riverfest on Saturday, a multi-faceted shindig featuring an artisans market, business expo, golf cart parade, fishing tournament, kids’ activities and performances by Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute acts. The event begins at 11 a.m. on Marina Drive with food vendors and the artisans market. This part of the festival is free. The gates to Riverfront Park open at 3 p.m. and it’s $5 to get in (free for ages 12 and younger), and evening activities include a beer garden, more food options, a patriotic boat parade at 8:30 p.m., fireworks display at 9:15 p.m., and performances by the Dustin Martin Band, Tastes Like Chicken, Eagles tribute On the Border, and Skynyrd homage Tuesdays Gone. Riverfront Park is at 4 Elm Street, downtown Conway. For more information, call 248-2273 or visit


Grammy nominated rock trio Fastball, which broke onto the scene in the late ‘90s with its sophomore album “All the Pain Money Can Buy,” spawning the hit singles “The Way” and “Out of My Head,” and “Fire Escape,” will bring the the high, hard heat to the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway when Sunday Funday, aka The Boathouse’s Backyard Summer Concert Series, continues. The party 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


Rock quartet Hoobastank (“The Reason,” “Crawling in the Dark,” and “Running Away”) returns Tuesday to the House of Blues, the site of a bizarre mini-motorcycle accident outside the venue in which guitarist Dan Estrin suffered a skull fracture so he spent several days at Grand Strand Regional Hospital recuperating in 2003. Also on the bill is Longreef and local act Driven Under, which you can read about in this week’s Music Notes. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, the show starts at 8:30. Tickets are $19. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit


There’s sure to be some MILF-panty projectiles at this one as ‘80s/’90s hair metal-meets-prog metal mavens Winger, led by Kip Winger, who once posed for a Playgirl spread, comes to the House of Blues on Wednesday on a bill that also features like-minded acts Firehouse and Jack Russell’s Great White. Winger, as you may recall, was subjected to an extreme amount of ridicule by cartoon asswipes Beavis and Butthead, and drew the ire of other bands such as Metallica as well. But bassist/singer Winger and his compatriots, including much-decorated drummer Rod Morgenstein, are best known for the late ‘80s hits “Seventeen” and “Headed for a Heartbreak,” and have been back together since 2006, and recently released a new album, “Better Days Comin’.” Firehouse, best known for the hit “Don’t Treat Me Bad” and the power ballad “Love a Lifetime,” had a local connection in original bassist Perry Richardson, from Conway, who now plays in country singer Craig Morgan’s band. Lead singer Russell fronts one of two touring versions of Great White, which is sadly mostly remembered for a fatal fire during one of its gigs a little more than a decade ago, but did score the hits “Rock Me” and a cover of Ian Hunter’s “Once Bitten, Twice Shy.” Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, the show starts at 8:30. Tickets are $45, $78.50 and $83.50. 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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