Two rock n’ roll reunions are scheduled in the coming days and weeks featuring well-known Myrtle Beach acts whose members have scattered across the U.S. Usually these types of shows happen during the weeks surrounding Christmas and the New Year holidays, when guitarists and drummers wander home like sea turtles returning to their birth nests, but fans of I,God and The Drag can get their fixes on Feb 1 and Feb. 2, respectively, with local shows featuring support acts also made up of Myrtle Beach music veterans.
Forming in Myrtle Beach in 1994, I,God, an all-original rock act, performed locally and regionally until the early 2000s. The band, featuring guitarists Bradley Roberts and Kyle Thrash, along with drummer Mark Holt, and bassist Patrick O’Leary, were regulars at bars long since closed, and had developed a following. When Roberts moved to Milledgeville, Ga., in 2009, and other band members left the beach, it spelled the end for regular I,God shows. The band managed one reunion in 2007, performing at The Clubhouse in Myrtle Beach. The reunion scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Feb 1 at the Hot Fish Club in Murrells Inlet is being called the “final show.”
“This could be the end of something that never really was that big,” joked Roberts, though the band was well respected and an important part of the golden era of local rock ‘n’ roll. With Roberts in Georgia and Thrash preparing to move to Colorado it seems the “geographical complications” will prohibit another I,God performance in the future, according to Roberts. The band’s 16-track compendium of most all its recordings, “Anatomically Deranged,” was released in 2000 and will be available for sale at the show for $5.
Also on the bill: DJ duo Catpuncher & The Mayor (Brian McKenzie and Chrissy Kotsopoulos), along with local hard rock act SharkLegs.
Kind of a Drag
In 1996 local Brit pop-influenced rock act The Drag was high on its debut Island Records release “Satellites Beaming Back At You.” Through a cascade of unfortunate events originating at the imploding label, The Drag’s moment in the national spotlight faded away, after a glorious, brightly shining 15 minutes of fame. For years prior to The Drag’s rise the band had developed a legion of local and regional fans who continued their support even after the band lost its major label deal, but eventually the band broke up and members scattered like the wind.
The Drag will reunite with all of its original members, Trey McManus, Chance Walls, Chris Tucker, Billy King and Nick McNeill, as well as the behind-the-scenes sixth member, audio engineer Rob Gainer. Two opening acts, The Ferns and Sapphire, will open the show Feb. 2 at Pirate’s Cove in North Myrtle Beach.
Local dermo doc, Richard Hussey (Myrtle Beach Dermatology), is a lifelong resident of Myrtle Beach, and will perform with his jangly guitar-driven pop/rock band, The Ferns. The band will perform selections from its new full-length CD project “Not So Fast.”
Local boutique label Turnip Farms Records will also be at the show selling a variety of vinyl and old school Myrtle Beach original rock. A $7 cover required for this 18-and-older show.
One final note: Perennially popular dueling piano club Crocodile Rocks announced last week it would go smoke-free, making it the only Broadway at the Beach Celebrity Square nightclub to make such a claim, as of press time. Owner Craig Smith said in a press release “The decision was a hard one. We wanted to create an environment everyone could enjoy [and] we have actually had club patrons who have thanked us.”
Myrtle Beach is one of the last large metropolitan holdouts in South Carolina still clinging to smoker’s rights. In my opinion, it seems the city will likely remain an indoor smokers’ haven until a statewide ban is enacted, as the city council has refused to seriously address the subject. And since the state also appears unwilling to address the issue, it seems smokers will have their way except for such bans as enacted by individual clubs and towns such as Surfside Beach and North Myrtle Beach.
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