Wanna see a show?
Get off your duff and make plans now for these sizzling acts coming to the Grand Strand and the Carolinas.
New this week:
While Hot Tickets was on hiatus citing creative differences, tickets went on sale for hot Atlanta-based rapper 2 Chainz’s (formerly known as Tity Boi) Nov. 30 gig at the House of Blues. Cap 1 is also on the bill. Tickets range from $25-$62.50. Snag ‘em from the venue box office, call 800-745-3000 or visit www.livenation.com.
And it’s a beach tradition as firmly ensconced as mini-golf, tourists’ mullets and Calabash seafood buffets as the 43rd annual S.C. State Bluegrass Festival returns to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center for the Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 22-24, boasting a lineup that features legendary band leader Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, which includes the return of hometown hero, Mike Rogers. Ticketing is a little bit tricky, so we’re going to quote directly from the festival’s press release: “Reserved Seat Tickets: Reserved Individual Adult $40 Per Day (Thursday, Friday or Saturday). Children 7-15 $25 Per Day; 3 day Reserved Adult $95, Children $50.--General Admission Tickets: Individual Adult $35 Per Day, Children $20 Per Day, 3 day Adult General Admission $85, Children $45 for General Admission and under 6 free with parents.” OK, so if you order your tickets online - at www.adamsandandersonbluegrass.com/Tickets.html - you will not receive them in the mail, rather they’ll be waiting for you at will call at the convention center. For more information, call 706 864-7203 or 918-1225.
Are you ready to “Pop that Coochie”? Yes, controversial leader Luther “Luke” Campbell is no longer in the fold, but original members Fresh Kid Ice and Brother Marquis keep the 2 Live Crew banner flying and will be “As Nasty as They Wanna Be” on Nov. 14 at The Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill as part of the venue’s Fall Wednesday Night Concert Series. Which means…it’s free. According to a press release, “Brother Marquis and Fresh Kid Ice will perform classics like “Me So Horny,” “Hoochie Mama”, “As Nasty As They Wanna Be” as well as smokin’ tracks,” Boom,” “Cougar,” from their current album, “Just Wanna Be Heard.’” The Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill is at 201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., Myrtle Beach. For more information, call 903-2628 or visit www.boathousemb.com.
You could throw a rock around here and hit a Dave Matthews Band, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Bon Jovi and/or Journey tribute act, but here’s something a little different and potentially exciting: The Waiting, an homage to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers brings the iconic American rock ‘n’ roll band’s songbook to life on Nov. 16 at the House of Blues. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 day of show. Snag ‘em at the venue box office, online at www.livenation.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
Stock up on your Codeine, former Drive-by Truckers singer/songwriter Jason Isbell and his new band The 400 Unit is returning to the Dead Dog Saloon for some after-Thanksgiving alt-country/Americana on Nov. 25. But you won’t need tickets for this one either as it’s free. For more information, go to www.deaddogsaloon.com or call 651-0664.
A pair of blues-shredding guitarists top the bill on March 2 as innovator Buddy Guy and one of his disciples, Jonny Lang, return to the House of Blues for an actual blues show, and tickets quietly went on sale recently. They’ll set you back anywhere from $39.50 to $91.50, available at the venue box office at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach, or online at www.livenation.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
The return of punk/rock-a-billy-influenced three-chords-and-the-truth stalwart Social Distortion, led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Mike Ness, to the House of Blues is set for Nov. 10. Lindi Ortega and The Biters are also on the bill. Tickets are $27.50 to $67.50. Get them at the venue box office, online at www.livenation.com or by phoning 800-745-3000.
The Year of our Lord 2012 is rapidly coming to a close, so it’s never too early to plan your New Year’s Eve revelry, right? If you’re a plan-ahead type, then note that indie folk/country/rock artist Corey Smith will once again headline the House of Blues NYE bash on Dec. 31 and tickets have been on sale for a few weeks with prices range from $31 to $52.50, available at the venue box office, online at www.livenation.comor by calling 800-745-3000. American Aquarium is also on the bill.
Tickets still remain for The Who’s first-ever concert in the Palmetto State as the legendary U.K. band’s surviving members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey stage a new twist on the 1973 rock opera “Quadrophenia” - plus an encore of hits - Nov. 8 at the BiLo Center. Tickets range from $94.50 to $148.35, available via www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
Kent Kimes, Editor
Kent Kimes, Editor