Hawaii-cum-California-based reggae-pop-rock act Iration brings its Automatic Tour to the House of Blues on Thursday also featuring like-minded artists Through The Roots, Fortunate Youth and Micah Brown. Iration, which recently saw the departure of co-lead vocalist Kai Rediske, enlisted the in-studio help of Cage The Elephant guitarist Lincoln Parish who is featured on several songs off the band’s spanking new album “Automatic.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m., the show starts at 7:30. Tickets are $16 and $18. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY
The reverence of ‘Q (you ain’t from ‘round here if you don’t understand that abbreviation) comes to the forefront Friday through Sunday with the 8th annual Beach, Boogie and BBQ Festival at Grand Park, featuring three separate cooking competitions including the official Barbecue Championship of South Carolina, live music, wakeboard exhibitions, arts and crafts and a gaggle of the usual festival bells and whistles. Entertainment includes Wall Street and Jim Quick & Coastline on Friday, Craig Woolard Band, Ty Brown, EnVision, Atlantic Groove and The Embers on Saturday, and The Nacho Mama Band, Mark Roberts Band and Mike McCoy Trio on Sunday. Admission is free, but there are various costs for sampling the barbecue along with other food and drinks (can you say beergarden?) that will be available. Festival hours are from 6-9:30 p.m. Friday, noon to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The festival site is at Grand Park and the corner of Forbes Court, 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. Call 839-3500 or visit www.MarketCommonEvents.com. For a look at the art and tradition of barbecue along the Grand Strand, turn to this week’s cover story by Surge food writer Becky Billingsley.
Grant Turner, in his on-stage guise as befuddled Alabama Theatre stagehand Ricky Mokel, steps into the spotlight again for another of his comedy showcases as The Ricky Mokel Summer Show is set for Saturday, also featuring performances by Motown, funk, R & B, disco and rock outfit The Carolina Breakers. Show time is 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $29.95, $34.95 and $39.95. The Alabama Theater is at 4750 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-1111 or visit www.alabama-theatre.com.
And across the Barefoot Landing parking lot from The Alabama Theatre another comedian will deliver his Southern-fried stand-up chops as Jon Reep, of “that thing got a Hemi?” Dodge commercial fame, headlines the House of Blues music hall on Saturday. Reep, a Hickory, N.C. native who won the fifth season of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” describes himself as a “Metro Jethro” - i.e. an urban redneck, which has kind of become his brand, including a DVD of the same name. Doors open at 7 p.m. Saturday, the show starts at 8. Tickets are $22.50 and $27.50. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
SATURDAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY
Another regular season comes to a close for the playoff-bound Myrtle Beach Pelicans who host the last homestand of the season Saturday through Monday at TicketReturn.com Field taking on the Carolina Mudcats. Game times are at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, and 6:05 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Fireworks follow Sunday’s and Monday’s games. Tickets are $8, $11 and $13, 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. There will also be a post-game concert featuring Christian pop singer Francesca Battistelli on Sunday.
Monday is Labor Day, so that means Sunday is Labor Day Eve, which means...party! Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Wale (pronounced “Wah-Lay” - not to be confused with Pixar’s WALL-E) brings his cache of hits, such as “Dig Dug (Shake It)” “Lotus Flower Bomb” and “Bad” to the House of Blues for a performance Sunday night. Wale is touring in support of his recently released third album “The Gifted,” which has spent eight weeks on the Billboard 200 album chart. Doors open at 9 p.m. Sunday, the show starts at 10. Tickets are $42.50 and $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.
Kent Kimes, Editor
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