Thirsty Thursday, “American Idol” champ and military beard contest headline Myrtle Beach best bets

May 22, 2013 

THURSDAY

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans look to fry up some Carolina Mudcats as the Carolina League foes square off on the diamond at TicketReturn.com, and oh yeah, it’s Thirsty Thursday, too, meaning $1 brewskis. Bud and Bud Light drafts are a skinny buck from 6-8 p.m. It’s also “Hangover Night” - in honor of this weekend’s release of “The Hangover III.” One-dollar beer and hangovers, hmm...is there a correlation? The first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. Thursday. 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.

SATURDAY

Are you a veteran that’s not only proud of serving your country but being able to let it all hang out when it comes to facial hair now that you’re not officially under strict military grooming guidelines? Then march your ass down to the former Myrtle Beach Pavilion site and put your pursuit of hirsute manliness on display in the inaugural Veterans Beard and ’Stache Beach Bash on Saturday, soldier! The event - which appears to be patterned after the Southeastern Beard and Mustache Championships (incidentally taking place Saturday in Charleston) - features competitors in the following categories: Beard, Natural; Beard, Groomed; Beard, Corporate; Beard, Freestyle; Beard, Partial; Moustache, Natural; Moustache, Styled. If you’re a dude, you have to be a U.S. military vet to compete - but there is a category for faux female that is open to all members of the fairer sex, so get those trendy fake mustachios ready, ladies. According to press materials issued by the City of Myrtle Beach, “Judges will be looking at density, mass, length, facial hair color, styling (where applicable) and the visual complement to the individual’s look, as well the response from the crowd.” It’s free to register, with registration open from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday at the designated Beard Table near the concert stage set up for the city’s Military Appreciation Days. The competition will begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on the concert stage. To sign up in advance, send an e-mail to: MBVETBAM@gmail.com.

SATURDAY

The Grand Strand isn’t exactly known for activism, but that’s not stopping a group of rabble rousers who have organized a Myrtle Beach version of the March Against Monsanto slated for Saturday at Grand Park on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. The march is intended to draw awareness about biotech company Monsanto, maker of the popular pesticide Roundup, and the issue of GMOs - genetically modified organisms - that are being used in common food products without being labeled. The event starts at 1 p.m. and several guest speakers are planned, including Charlie Caldwell of Ovis Hill Farms. Grand Park is across from The Market Common on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, between U.S. 17 Bypass and U.S. 17 Business, south of Myrtle Beach International Airport. For more info, go to www.march-against-monsanto.com. To learn more about GMOs and Monsanto, turn to this week’s cover story.

SATURDAY

As the future of Slayer, one of the Big Four of thrash metal (along with Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax), is seemingly up in the air with the recent death of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman, you can pay your respects to the fallen axeman and his band’s legacy as Hell Awaits, a Slayer tribute, reigns in blood Saturday at Murrells Inlet biker bar Suck Bang Blow Original. Also on the bill are local metal acts Prowler and Conception of Being. The show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday. There’s no cover for the 21-and-older crowd, but it’s $8 if you’re too young to legally drink. SBB Original is at 3393 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet. Call 651-7960 or visit www.suckbangblow.com.

SUNDAY

Get your churchin’ in and your chores done, then get ready to kick back with a late afternoon of live music overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway as the Boathouse’s Backyard Summer Concert Series continues Sunday with North Carolina country act Parmalee which has broken two singles on the lower rungs of the country charts - “Musta Had a Good Time” and “Carolina.” Sunday Funday gets started at 5 p.m. with opening act, country/rock singer-songwriter Ross Coppley. Parmalee is expected to hit the stage at 6:30 p.m. The best part: it’s free. The Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill is at 201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Call 903-2628 or visit www.boathousemb.com.

SUNDAY

“American Idol” Season 10 champ and North Cackilacky boy Scotty McCreery brings his brand of commercial contemporary country (“I Love You This Big,” “The Trouble with Girls”) to the House of Blues on Sunday. McCreery, who hails from Garner, N.C., is also a student at N.C. State - talk about multi-tasking. Country singer-songwriter Michael Ray is also on the bill. Tickets range from $29 to $70.50. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, the show starts at 8:30. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.

Kent Kimes, Editor

Tune into Surge’s On the Fly report Thursdays on WBTW’s News13 at 5.

Kent Kimes, Editor

Tune into Surge’s On the Fly report Thursdays on WBTW’s News13 at 5.

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