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Etta May brings laughs to Alabama Theatre in guest concert this weekend

When Neil Diamond wrote and recorded “Kentucky Woman” 50 years ago, Etta May wouldn’t have come to mind.

Etta May, an Bluegrass State-based comedienne known as the “Polyester Princess” and “Queen of Southern Sass,” and the headliner of the the “Southern Fried Chicks Comedy Tour,” will being her solo show to Grand Strand this weekend.

She will play the Alabama Theatre, at Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 23. Tickets are $29.95, $34.95 or $39.95.

May, who dubs herself as “Minnie Pearl with a migraine,” built her Southern life-driven comedy career from growing up in Arkansas with nine older brothers. She views herself as blessed, though, as the mother of three sons and a daughter. More details at

The Alabama Theatre has a guest concert almost every weekend through August, all at 7 p.m.:

  • “Decades Rewind: Biggest Hits of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, July 29, for $43.40 or $48.80.
  • Martina McBride, Aug. 12, for $63.25, $73.25 or $83.25.
  • Clare Bowen and Charles Esten, from CMT’s “Nashville” series, Aug. 19, for $49.95, $57.95 or $63.95.
  • “The Ricky Mokel Comedy Show starring Grant Turner,” Aug. 26, for $29.95, $34.95 or $39.95.

Also, “One the Show” plays 7:30 p.m. several times every week, for $35.95, $43.80 or $49.25 ages 17 and older, and $17.95 ages 16 and younger – and free admission for as many as two children, 16 or younger, with a paid adult ticket, through Aug. 31.

Details at 843-272-1111, 800-342-2262 or