In its inaugural event, dubbed Georgetown Rocks the Equinox, the Georgetown Business Administration (GBA) has planned an all-day, all-night, rain-or-shine street party, Saturday, with 11 bands, two 100-foot tents with beer and wine gardens, and thousands expected to attend. The event marks a first for Georgetown’s Front Street merchants in presenting a music festival of this size appealing to all ages, especially younger crowds. Rock ‘n’ roll, alt-country, jazz, bluegrass, cover bands, and a beach music band will perform on alternating stages, creating a non-stop nine-hour musical montage of local and regional acts.
The free-to-attend event is slated from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and organizers will close three blocks of Front Street in Georgetown’s Historic District to accommodate. Proceeds from the sale of beer and wine, T-shirts, and monies from donations are earmarked to benefit Tara Hall home for boys, a school and home for at-risk youth located in rural Georgetown County. Restaurateur and live music lover, Brian Shepler (Limpin’ Jane’s restaurant), booked each of the 11 acts. He sits on the GBA board and thinks the festival will meet several goals.
“This was collectively the GBA’s idea,” said Shepler. “I guess I spearheaded the music part – I booked all the bands. Once the Harborwalk Festival was moved from Front Street, we wanted an event that showcased the merchants more than the vendors. It was irritating as a restaurant owner to have a guy selling hot dogs from a cart at your front door. We wanted to make sure the businesses on Front Street were allowed to use the sidewalk space out in front to promote their businesses, not somebody else’s. And Tara Hall does such good things for those boys and their families, that we wanted to help them.” A group of Tara Hall’s kids, billed as The Mingo Creek Strummers, will perform in the afternoon between sets.
On the bill: Headliners Ten Toes Up and The Blue Dogs, along with Sawgrass, The Fourclosures, The Corduroy Road, The Denny Hess Trio, Dustin Ashenfelder & Co., Henry’s Attic, the Georgetown Drumline, The Mark Roberts Band, and the Paul Grimshaw Band (shameless plug). For more information call the festival hotline at 485-4954.
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B.J. Craven (Ten Toes Up and Folk’em Duo) hosts Team Rockin’ Bingo from 8 – 10 p.m. Tuesday at Nacho Hippo (Market Common), and each following Tuesday into the foreseeable future. The game first became Craven’s inspiration, when he played it in a different format out of town. “It’s a mix of music trivia and traditional bingo,” said Craven, who will host, emcee and deejay each event. An unspecified “bevy” of prizes will be issued to every TRB winner. Free to play (21 and older), each player or team will receive random pre-printed bingo cards with at least some corresponding artist names, played, unidentified, on the sound system throughout the game. Get five in a row and you’re a winner. “Cheating is heavily encouraged,” said Craven. “I’d rather the luckiest [craftiest] people, rather than the smartest people, win. It should be a lot of fun.”
Nacho Hippo Cantina Maximo is at 1160 Farrow Parkway, Myrtle Beach.
And Then There Were Three
The well-established local act, The Necessary Band, will lose its singing keyboardist Mark “Monty” Montanaro to a move to Music City, Nashville, Tenn. Tonight’s Dead Dog Saloon show (7 p.m.) will be the last opportunity to catch the four-piece act with Montanaro tickling the ivories. With his departure The Necessary Band will become a trio, “for now,” says bassist, vocalist and bandleader, Mark Necessary. “We are a tight core of three,” said Necessary, “lean and mean, but with all the dynamics and solid rhythm section still there.” Mike McCoy remains as the band guitarist along with Danny Evans on drums.
Hard Rockin’ for a good Cause
The staff and management of the Myrtle Beach Hard Rock Café have banded together in support of one of their own. In June, HRC employee Keith Bramley, 36, died hours after being involved in an auto accident, leaving behind a family and staggering hospital bills. The Keith Bramley Celebration of Life Benefit Concert is scheduled from noon to close on Sept. 29,at the Hard Rock Café at Broadway at the Beach, and was created to assist in the financial needs of his family. On the bill: Power Born Rebellion, Frogtown Revival, Tripod, Aunt Polly’s Revenge, Stealing Anger, Downtribe, Treehouse!, and the Strike-O-Matics. The all-ages event is free and open to the public.
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