Are you thirsty for some professional baseball? Are you thirsty for brewskis for a buck? Then you’re in luck as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans finish off a four-game set against the Frederick Keys at TicketReturn.com Field - and it’s also Thirsty Thursday, which means $1 Bud and/or Bud Light draft from 6-8 p.m. The ump says “play ball!” at 7:05 p.m. Thursday. Be sure to stop by the Surge table in the stadium concourse to pose for Party Pix and to pick up some Surge swag. Tickets are $8, $9 and $11 in advance, available at the stadium box office, online at www.myrtlebeachpelicans.com or by calling 918-6000. TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark is at 1251 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach at the intersection with Robert M. Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach.
Yo mama’s booty is so fat, they named a band after it...So slap dat ass and head to Pirate’s Cove on Thursday as Asheville, N.C.-based original funk outfit Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band lays down grooves so funky the butt-seams on your mom’s jeans will burst. The multi-racial horn-driven band lists these Hall of Funk artists as influences: James Brown, Bootsy Collins, Sly Stone, Fishbone, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Frank Zappa, The Meters, and Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Outkast. Doors open at 8 p.m., the show starts at 10. Advance tickets are $5, available via www.showclix.com and it’s also $5 at the door. Pirate’s Cove Lounge is at 205 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach. Call 249-8942 or visit www.piratescovelounge.com.
Local rap showcase Hip Hop Live gets back to its roots with an open mike edition set for Saturday night at Island Bar and Grill, also featuring guest performances by Young Hood, Shamroc ‘N’ DJ QP, Kev Fresco and Exklusive Musik. The sign-up sheet for aspiring emcees will be available starting at 9 p.m. and performers will be allotted 5 minutes of microphone/stage time. Performances start at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. There is a $5 cover charge. Island Bar and Grill is at 2272 Glenns Bay Road, Surfside Beach. Call 650-3157 or visit www.islandbarandgrill.com.
Make sure you’ve gotten rid of those embarrassing body fluid smudges or dandruff flakes on your threads before you rage at the Barstool Blackout Tour - the self-described “world’s biggest backlight party” - which returns to the House of Blues on Saturday. It’s basically a huge dance party, featuring lasers, fog, black lights, and anything that’ll light up your peepers - set to the soundtrack of bass-thumping EDM and party hype men on the mike (Back in the ‘90s, this would’ve been called a rave). Doors open at 9 p.m. Saturday, and the event starts at 10. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 day of show. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Like a cockroach’s metamorphosis, California’s Papa Roach has managed to shed its nu metal skin it was tagged with when bursting onto the scene in the early 2000s with the infectious hit “Last Resort” and the album from which it was hatched, “Infest.” A half-dozen albums and a decade since, the band refuses to be exterminated and brings its tour in support of its latest release “The Connection,” to the House of Blues on Tuesday. Escape the Fate, a Las Vegas metalcore act, and melodic hard rockers Otherwise, also from Sin City, are the openers. Doors open at 7 p.m., the show starts at 8. Tickets range from $25 to $62.50. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
There’s so much going on along the Grand Strand this weekend, On the Fly is over-buzzed. So here’s a few more things that are going on of note:
• Local new rock station 96.1, WKZQ-FM hosts a free show by South African rock act The Parlotones on Friday at The Deck at HOB; www.www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
• The 8th annual Myrtle Beach International Film Festival, which kicked off Wednesday, continues through Saturday at Carmike 17 at Broadway at the Beach; check our preview on our Movie page.
• Noted Texas troubadour James McMurtry brings his critically-acclaimed songbook to Murrells Inlet on Saturday; turn to this week’s cover story devoted to this revered artist.
The Myrtle Beach Zombie Walk/Carolina Zombie Walk ushers in a change of venue as the parade of walking dead descend upon Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach at 6 p.m. Sunday; www.myrtlebeachzombiewalk.com.
Kent Kimes, Editor
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