Local rockers have been given the chance to compete for the chance to perform in Barcelona through Hard Rock Rising, and the final local battle is Friday at 8 p.m. at Hard Rock Cafe near Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach.
Myrtle Beach-area musicians have been performing all month in preliminary battles for judges, who will select one act to represent Hard Rock Cafe Myrtle Beach in Spain this July. Participating acts included Jimmy Mowery, Julio Navarro, Gina Trimarco Cligrow, Natalie Carner, Clifton Parker, Jeanius Beats, Matt Tucker, IBC, Century Goliath, and many more.
The finalists that will perform Friday for the coveted spot in Barcelona are: Erik Smallwood, The Izm, and the Matt Tucker Band.
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Hard Rock Rising is a battle of the bands competition that stretches worldwide and this year regional winners get an all-expense paid trip to Barelcona to perform in the final live battle event and at the global music festival. City winners win $1,000 then face a review process by judges who will determine the regional winners.
For more information, visit www.hardrockrising.com or www.hardrock.com/myrtle-beach.
Wicked Tuna’s inaugural Marshwalk BBQ Festival and Cook Off hits the marsh on Friday night at 6 p.m. and continues Saturday starting at 11 a.m. Wristbands at $15 on Friday for all-you-can-try wings and are $25 on Saturday for all-you-can-try barbecue and ribs; and you get to vote for your favorite barbecue from 18 different teams, with names like Bold Branch BBQ Boys, First Que, All Smoke Up, 2 Crackers Cooking, and Red Wine & Swine.
Lions Pride will be there Friday night to offer live music at 7 p.m.; Common Ground plays at noon Saturday, The Steppin’ Stones at 4 p.m. Saturday, and Bullfrog at 8 p.m. Saturday. Charleston brewer Palmetto Brewery will be on hand to pour some brews, too.
The festival takes place rain or shine. Visit www.thewickedtuna.com for more information.
Badfish is back at the House of Blues this Saturday for their ever-popular tribute to Sublime, and this time they are taking the stage with Tropidelic and Signal Fire. Show is at 8 p.m. and admission is 13 bucks.
The House of Blues is at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. Visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Caroline Evans, digital editor