Hot tickets for Feb. 21, 2013

February 20, 2013 

Wanna see a show?

Get off your duff and make plans now for these sizzling acts coming to the Grand Strand and the Carolinas.

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“American Idol” champ Phillip Phillips, who beat out Coastal Carolina University alum Elise Testone and has burned up the charts with his Mumford &

Sons-ish track “Home,” will perform the first concert at CCU’s spanking new HTC Center with a show set for April 3 on the Conway campus and tickets for the general public go on sale at 10 a.m. March 4. For CCU staff, students and faculty, tickets go on sale at noon Friday. CCU student tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. For errbody else, tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Advance tickets will be available online via www.ticketreturn.com.

The guys in Old Crow Medicine Show must be a little perturbed that acts such as the Avett Brothers, The Lumineers and the aforementioned Mumford & Sons have mined the retro vibes of folk, Americana, bluegrass and old-time music to the top of the charts, a blueprint perfected by this Nashville, Tenn. act back in 1998. Anyhow, you’ll have a chance to get your aural elixir on March 21 as Old Crow Medicine Show brings its vintage sounds back to the House of Blues, with tickets going on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Ticket prices range from $28 to $45, available at the venue box office, online via www.livenation.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

And speaking of Old Crow Medicine Show, Hootie and the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker scored a hit cover of the band’s song “Wagon Wheel,” and the rocker-turned-solo-country performer returns to the House of Blues on April 13 with a solo gig and tickets also go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday. Tickets range from $52.50 to $117.50. Snag ‘em at the box office, online at www.livenation.com or by dialing 800-745-3000.

Keeping with the Palmetto State vibe, indie rock sensation Band of Horses, led by Irmo native Ben Bridwell, gallops back to North Myrtle Beach for a gig May 5 at the House of Blues, with tickets going on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. Future birds are also on the bill. Tickets range from $25 to $38 and you can get your grubby little hipster hands on them by calling 800-745-3000, setting your browser to www.livenation.com, or hoofing it to the HOB box office at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach.

And also going on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday are tickets for the return of North Carolina-born retro-soul man Anthony Hamilton to the House of Blues on April 5. Tickets are going for $32.50, $34.50, $62.50, $67.50, $72.50 and $77.50. Tickets will be available at the box office, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.livenation.com.

After an extended absence from its namesake theater, country supergroup Alabama has an upcoming two-night run at The Alabama Theater set for April 5-6 on its reunion trek, The Back to the Bowery Tour, which references the downtown Myrtle Beach honky-tonk where the band was in residence in the ‘70s before hitting major stardom. Tickets for the shows are $49.95, $58.95, $199 and $299. Tickets are available at the venue box office at Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach, online at www.alabama-theatre.com, or by calling 272-1111.

Georgia-based Americana artist Neil Cribbs touring in support of his new album, “To the Left” stops over for a solo gig March 5 at Fresh Brewed Coffee House in downtown Myrtle Beach. In a press release and on the artist’s Web site it says the ticket price is: Tips!

Previously announced:

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. 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.

It seems the Pick of Destiny has chosen the Grand Strand, and the self-described rocking-est mock rock act, Tenacious D, featuring comedic actors Jack Black and Kyle Gass, is coming to the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach on March 9, and this performance will feature the two-guys-and-acoustic guitars format of Tenacious D of yore rather than the full-blown rock band version. Never the less, Black and Gass bring the noise. Tickets are $50, $90 and $100, available at the venue box office, online at www.livenation.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

You won’t need tickets because the show is free, but rising country duo Love & Theft, which hit the charts recently with the smash “Angel Eyes,” returns to the Boathouse for a show on March 29.

Kent Kimes, Editor

Kent Kimes, Editor

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