Local rock legend Sqwearl is dusting off the mothballs to headline a show Friday at Pirate’s Cove, which also features Flick It, Strike-O-Matics and Kid Kappa. If you grew up around here in the ‘90s and love rock ‘n’ roll, chances are the independent CD “eight ball of confusion” from Myrtle Beach grunge rockers Sqwearl was in your collection. The band, which performs every now and then, has weathered the death of band members Chris Frye (bass) and Wes Long (guitar). Sqwearl’s line-up on Friday features vocalist David Koon, guitarist Brian McKenzie, bassist Robbie Frye (Chris Frye’s younger brother) and drummer Langdon Gunter. Robbie Frye is pulling double-duty, also performing with his band Flick-It. Show time is 9 p.m. Friday. There is a $5 cover charge at the door. Pirate’s Cove is at 205 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach. Call 249-8942 or visit www.piratescovelounge.com.
FRIDAY, SATURDAY & TUESDAY
House of Blues has a diverse slate of shows lined up this weekend and early next week, representing contemporary country, R&B/urban soul and alt-rock/emo.
• On Friday, country crooner Jerrod Niemann (“Lover, Lover,” “Drink to That All Night) commands the concert hall with opening act Chris Lane. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets range from $35 to $70.50.
• Saturday, R&B impresario Ne-Yo (“Because of You”) headlines a bill that also features Kandace Springs and Kevin Ross. Doors open at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets range from $49 to $91.50.
• On Tuesday, emo-ish New York outfit Brand New (“Jesus Christ”) invades the venue with support acts Cymbals Eat Guitars and Foxing. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets range from $26 to $46.
House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Returning to action after a bye week, Coach Joe Moglia’s third-ranked Coastal Carolina University football squad (7-0) looks to remain undefeated with a Big South Conference showdown set for Saturday against Charleston Southern at Brooks Stadium - oh yeah, and it’s CCU’s homecoming weekend. Kick-off is at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15, $20 and $25 available via www.ticketreturn.com. Brooks Stadium is at 540 University Blvd., Coastal Carolina University, Conway (you can see it from S.C. 544). For more information, call 347-TIXX (8499) or go to www.goccusports.com.
And after the game, local party promoters Potent People and Ocean Gang are hosting Black and Teal Affair, the Official CCU Vs. CSU After-Party, at Pure Ultra Lounge featuring music by Cariello and DJ Leem. The party gets started at 9 p.m. Saturday, and ladies who wear either black and teal (or both) get in free before 11 p.m. Pure Ultra Club is at 803 Main Street in downtown Myrtle Beach. Call 240-216-7010 or 864-323-4198 for more info.
So that you can concentrate on taking your kids, nephews, nieces, etc. trick-or-treating on Halloween night, the area’s largest adult costume contest is being held in advance of the ghoulish holiday. So round up your friends and don your most outrageous costume and head to the Nightmare in the Square Contest and Party set for Saturday night at Celebrity Square at Broadway at the Beach. This contest boasts a first place prize of $2,000, second place is not too shabby at $1,000 and third place nets $500. The outdoor party on the cobblestones of Celebrity Square starts at 8 p.m. Saturday and admission is free. If you’re in costume, you can also get in free to Celebrity Square clubs Revolutions, Crocodile Rocks, Malibu’s, Club Boca, Broadway Louie’s, Froggy Bottomz and Rodeo Bar & Grill. Celebrity Square is at 1320 Celebrity Circle, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach. For a round-up of Myrtle Beach-area adult costume contests and Halloween happenings, see our homepage.
R&B/pop star Jason Derulo (pictured) is gonna “Talk Dirty” to you on Wednesday at the House of Blues and you’re likely to hear his growing cache of hits that include “Wiggle,” “Ridin’ Solo,” “Watcha Say,” “In My Head” and “The Other Side.” Derulo has recently been in headlines for a high-profile break-up with fellow singer Jordin Sparks, refuting allegations that he cheated on the “American Idol” champ. Meanwhile, Becky G. and Wallpaper are also on Wednesday’s bill. Tickets are $36.50, $63.50, $68.50 and $73.50. Doors open at 7 p.m., 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.
Kent Kimes, Editor
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