Music Notes for May 2, 2013

For Weekly SurgeMay 1, 2013 

Fiction 20 Down. Courtesy photo.

With the Summer Concert Series already going strong, The Boathouse Waterway Bar & Grill in Myrtle Beach should not be forgotten for its many additional concerts and shows not a part of the popular Sunday series. One such noteworthy show features a return from Baltimore-based reggae/pop/rock act Fiction 20 Down, performing at 10 p.m. Thursday. Out on tour in support of its days old “Where’s The Levity” the five-piece band mixes danceable Owl City sweetness with Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz pop sensibilities – in other words; bring your girlfriend.

Smoke Free Revolution

While the Myrtle Beach City Council and South Carolina lawmakers in Columbia refuse to follow the actions of much of the free world, individual bar and restaurant owners do what others are afraid to; ban smoking in their establishments. Joining Crocodile Rocks and other Celebrity Square nightclubs, Revolutions has gone smoke free as of May 1. In keeping with previous statements, club owner Craig Smith says that the ban is “in the best interest of its patrons.” The smoking ban coincides with the unveiling of extensive club renovations in an event open to the public at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Do You Know Why I Pulled You Over?

The wild man behind the drums in countless Grand Strand acts including Echo 7 and Black Label is now an officer of the law, working in detention for the City of Myrtle Beach. Jason Hearn said that he “didn’t want to be waiting tables at 40,” so he left his server gig at the Sea Captain’s House last fall to attend the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. As of mid-April, Hearn is officially allowed to carry a gun, a taser, handcuffs, and Mace, which must scare a lot of his friends. He plans to continue to perform on occasion and is in rehearsals with former Black Label band mates for a new unnamed project. “I have to get permission before I can perform publicly,” said Hearn, “but it shouldn’t be a problem.” Congratulations, Officer Hearn.

Act I

Seemingly joined at the hip for decades, lifelong pals and musical partners Dave Sharrock and Ronnie O’Briant are in for a period of adjustment. Sharrock has accepted a position with his brother-in-law at a coin minting company in Plano, Texas, and expects to leave the Grand Strand sometime in June. Meanwhile the team behind the former Echo 7 band, the current Act II duo and rock act Bedford Falls, are working to name a replacement for Sharrock who will leave big shoes to fill. “We’ll have a farewell bash and introduction of Ronnie’s new partner probably in June,” said Sharrock. “I was really depressed the first couple of weeks after we made the decision to move,” he continued. “And we will miss everyone here, for sure.”

Kid Drew Gets Pickled

Within days of arriving in Nashville, Tenn. in January, guitar whiz and former local “Kid” Drew Voivedich began landing gigs, which lead to bigger and better gigs, including his newly announced position as one of two guitarists with Kellie Pickler. The 27-year-old Pickler is a fifth-season “American Idol” finalist who has gone on to significant success with her country hits “Red High Heels,” “I Wonder,” and the Taylor Swift co-write “Best Days of your Life.” Pickler was also a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.” Voivedich, also 27 as of April 27, is out on tour with the country crooner and confirmed that he is a permanent member of the band as of last week and will be on tour with Pickler through the summer. He also hopes to record on a new Pickler project in the works.

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