Myrtle Beach’s best post-Christmas through New Year’s Eve entertainment bets

December 24, 2013 

Gregg Allman. Courtesy photo.

FRIDAY

Somewhat controversial Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill, who angered a City of Brotherly Love pastor with his song “Amen,” and was named on MTV’s “Hottest MCs in the Game” list, brings his blazing microphone skills to the House of Blues for a hip-hop throwdown on Friday. DJ B Lord is also on the bill. Tickets are $67.50 and $102.50. Doors open at 9 p.m. Friday, the show starts at 10. 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

While he’s the only remaining Allman brother in the Allman Brothers Band, namesake Gregg Allman has also forged a parallel solo career, including the 1987 hit “No Angel” and a reworking of ABB’s “Midnight Rider,” and he returns to the House of Blues on Saturday sans the brothers, but with impressive opening act J.J. Grey and Mofro in tow. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $82.50. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.

TUESDAY

There’s death and taxes...and add the inevitability of folk/rock/country artist Corey Smith performing at the House of Blues on New Year’s Eve to that list. Smith, who, according to his official bio, “has carved out a successful career by writing and singing not about the idealized country imagery of trucks and bonfires, but by depicting truthfully the experience of growing up far from big-city sidewalks,” returns once again to headline HOB’s New Year’s Eve bash on Tuesday, with American Aquarium and The Railers also helping to usher in 2014. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tuesday, the show starts at 9.

Tickets range from $15 to $52.50. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.

TUESDAY

There’s two new ways to celebrate the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014 as a pair of local attractions host inaugural New Year’s Eve events.

The Market Common aims to be the Big Apple of Dixie as it hosts a Southern Times Square in front of Grand 14 Cinema, with the streets shut off to vehicular traffic, and a live simulcast of Times Square’s famous countdown, assisted by Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes. The festivities are from 7 p.m. to midnight Tuesday and also feature a golf cart parade, live entertainment and carriage rides. Admission is free and Howard, Reed, Farrow and Hackler streets will be closed off to vehicles starting at 7 p.m. The Market Common, on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, is between U.S. 17 Bypass and U.S. 17 Business, south of Myrtle Beach International Airport. Call 839-3500 or visit www.MarketCommonEvents.com.

Meanwhile, there won’t be a ball drop at midnight because the event will be over by then, but Brookgreen Gardens is basically staging a smaller, more intimate versions of Nights of a Thousand Candles on Tuesday with the inaugural Garden by Candlelight pre-party from 6 to 9 p.m., where you can peruse the outdoor attraction’s maze of paths illumined by hand-lit candles, while strolling musicians entertain and light refreshments and adult beverages will be served. Tickets are $20. Brookgreen Gardens is at 1931 Brookgreen Drive, across U.S. 17 from Huntington Beach State Park, between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island. For more information, call 235-6000 or visit www.brookgreen.org.

TUESDAY

And serving as another of Myrtle Beach’s defacto town squares/entertainment districts, Broadway at the Beach’s Celebrity Square will be rockin’ with multiple New Year’s Eve blowouts.

There’s a party starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday outdoors on the cobblestones of Celebrity Square, featuring DJ Barry hyping the crowd, confetti cannons, balloon drop and complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $25, which also gets you into Revolutions, Crocodile Rocks, Senor Frog’s and Rodeo Bar & Grill (each venue will have its own midnight celebration). Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of event. Call 444-8032.

Also at Celebrity Square, the clubs under the Celebration’s Nitelife banner - Malibu’s Surf Bar, Froggy Bottomz, Club Boca and Broadway Louie’s - are putting on their party hats to usher in 2014 as well, featuring confetti canons, complimentary champagne toast at midnight, party favors, live music, karaoke and deejays. Diversity performs at Froggy Bottomz, DJ BZ gets busy on the wheels of steel at Malibu’s, DJ Joey spins tracks at Club Boca, and Broadway Jake hosts karaoke at Broadway Louie’s. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $25, which gets you into all four clubs. Call 444-3500 or visit www.celebrationsnitelife.com.

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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