Keeping up with Myrtle Beach’s music scene

For Weekly SurgeJanuary 22, 2014 

Octopus Jones. Courtesy photo.

Jaws dropped and eyes widened when it was announced that 29-year southern rock/Americana veteran act drivin’ ‘n’ cryin’ would perform at Bourbon Street Bar & Grille in Myrtle Beach on Jan 31. The popular live music venue / neighborhood pub is small, but not too small. To ensure true fans of the act will get to see and hear the band, as opposed to it just being a strictly social affair, a $10 ticket is required. To help offset the expenses of bringing in an A-level band the venue secured some underwriting from local liquor distributors.

Formed in 1985-’86 in Atlanta, Ga., DNC became a staple of Atlanta-area rock clubs and soon enjoyed widespread popularity throughout the Southeast. While never quite national superstars, DNC nonetheless made its mark with major label gold-selling records, the “Fly Me Courageous” video in regular rotation on MTV, Billboard charting releases, and collaborations with R.E.M., Edwin McCain, John Popper, The Allman Brothers, and others, including Jason Isbell, who enjoyed a new surge of success in 2013.

2009 marked the release of the band’s most recent full-length studio album, “The Great American Bubble Factory.” Since then the band has released a series of thematic EPs, “Songs From the Psychedelic Time Clock,” its most recent, was released in 2013.

For ticket information call 712-1083.

Jonesing For a Party

Mini music mogul, Myrtle Beach native, Horry-Georgetown Technical College student, Paul McKinney (Say I Won’t Records), will celebrate his 21st Birthday on Jan. 31, imbibing his first legal cocktail in majority. So if you were he, why not throw a party for yourself featuring your favorite bands, one of which, Octopus Jones, happens to be launching a new CD? Makes sense to us.

Octopus Jones, which began as a group of Coastal Carolina University students circa 2008, became one of the Strand’s most popular original rock acts. After losing friend, cofounder, bassist John Pruitt in a tragic car accident in 2009, the band’s future was in doubt, but its members soldiered on, eventually finishing school and moving to Raleigh, N.C., for a change of scenery and to record a new full-length album, “Phantasmagoria.”

Founding members Darrin Cripe (drums), Clay Carlisle (bass), Danny Martin (vocals, guitar), and newest member Tyler Morris (vocals, guitar) will present the band’s always energetic crowd-friendly show featuring experimental rock tunes with a “surfy vibe,” according to Cripe, along with special lighting effects, and its new CD for sale.

Also on the bill: M is We (Michael Wood) in a rare return to the beach with his full band, along with Pawleys Island rising stars Paperwork, Greensboro, N.C. ska act Corporate Fandango, and Augusta, Ga. punk rock act Panic Manor.

The show, 8 p.m. on Jan. 31, will take place at Rockin’ Hard Saloon in Murrells Inlet. There’s no cover charge.

Hard Rock Rising Italian Style

Billed as “the world’s largest battle of the bands,” Hard Rock Café (International) is again sponsoring Hard Rock Rising, asking 81 Hard Rock Cafes - including our very own Myrtle Beach location - to host an elimination series contest, picking one local winner, with hopes to advance to the international round and the ultimate grand prize. Bands within a 100-mile radius of Myrtle Beach are invited to our local competition, but they must hurry; entry deadline is Monday (Jan. 27).

The grand prize winning band will be flown to Rome, Italy, for the debut of Hard Rock Live Rome, in a move from London’s Hyde Park locale. Runners up will receive new P.A. gear valued at $10,000.

Interested bands need to visit for a full list of rules.

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