Get a jump on your Independence Day celebrating as the morphing festival, called ‘Round the Fourth at the beginning of the new millennium, but now known as Riverfest is set to take place in the heart of Conway on Saturday featuring an artisans market, beer garden, live entertainment, food vendors, a boat parade and a slew of kids’ activities. The celebration will begin on the lawn of the historic courthouse at the corner of Elm Street and Third Avenue in Conway before moving over to the river-front area at Riverfront Park and Conway Marina. During the day, The Spots and Sawgrass will perform on the courthouse lawn; and the evening entertainment at Riverfront Park includes local rockers Colossal, On the Border, which is an Eagles tribute at 7:30 p.m. and Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band Tuesday’s Gone at 9:45 p.m. Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. There is no admission charge for the first part of the festival, but after 6 p.m. it’s $5 for adults; tykes 12 and younger get in free. For more information, call 248-2273 or visit www.conwayscchamber.com.
Chase Rice is somewhat of a renaissance man - the former linebacker at the University of North Carolina was a cast member of “Survivor: Nicaragua” and he co-wrote the Florida-Georgia Line smash “Cruise.” The budding country star has scored a hit of his own - “How She Rolls” - on the lower rungs of the country charts, and you can see how he rolls Saturday at the House of Blues. Also on the bill is Aaron Parker. Doors open at 8 p.m. Saturday, the show starts at 9. Tickets are $12 and $14. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Southern-fried rapper Bubba Sparxxx returns to the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway with a headlining performance at the Boathouse’s Backyard Summer Concert Series on Sunday. Sparxxx, who recently released a new single “Splinter” with a melodic hook and acoustic guitar riff reminiscent of Everlast, is best known for the hit singles “Ugly,” “Deliverance” and the hilariously ribald “Ms. New Booty.” Local hip-hop duo Shamroc ‘N’ QP are also on the bill. The party gets started at approximately 5 p.m. Sunday. And the best part - there is no cover charge. The Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill is at 201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., Myrtle Beach. Call 903-2628 or visit www.boathousemb.com.
Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller has produced a more mature sophomore (oxymoron?) album than his youthful debut “Blue Slide Park,” and he brings his tour in support of the recently released “Watching Movies with the Sound Off” to the House of Blues on Wednesday. On board The Space Migration Tour, Miller is bringing along a gaggle of cohorts, including Chase the Rapper, Vince Staples and The Internet. Doors open at 8 p.m. Wednesday, the show starts at 9. 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.
Nothing says ‘Murica like baseball, hotdogs, beer, fireworks and...KISS? Yep, you can rock ‘n’ roll all night and party every day as KISS tribute act Gods of Thunder is part of the post-game pre-Independence Day revelry following Wednesday’s Myrtle Beach Pelicans vs. Salem Red Sox match-up at TicketReturn.com Field. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Wednesday. Patriotic fireworks follow the game along with an on-field performance by Gods of Thunder, which features Pelicans P.A. announcer Jon Cupo in the role of Starchild (it’s a day early because the Pelicans will be out of town on the Fourth of July). Game time is 7:05 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $8, $11 and $13 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.
Kent Kimes, Editor
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