Traveling throughout The Palmetto State, North Cackilacky, Georgia, Florida and the Virgin Islands since early January, local jam-based reggae/rock act Treehouse! returns home to headline Myrtle Beach Rocks! Reggae Thursday at the House of Blues main concert hall. Also on the bill are like-minded artists Jahman Brahman from Asheville, N.C., Signal Fire from Wilmington, N.C. and Charlestons South Street. The jah-ming begins at 8 p.m., doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $5, but heres an On the Fly tip: If you know anyone associated with the bands on the bill, hit em up, because they have piles of freebies to give away. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
Klockers Tavern kicks off a new showcase Thursday called Myrtle Beach Storytellers, as four local acts perform throughout the night on a rotating basis playing their favorite covers and originals three or four at a time. The bill features Matt Parker and the Deacons (formerly Psychward), Chad White and Chasity White of Mafia, Tim Allen and Keith Patterson, and Jeff Saltino. Show time is from 8-11 p.m. There is no cover charge. Klockers Tavern is at 4807 U.S. 17 Bypass, Myrtle Beach. Call 945-4002.
Getting a jump on St. Patricks Day revelry, Celtic-influenced punk rock/folk act Flogging Molly brings its 10th Annnual Green 17 tour to the House of Blues again on Friday. And every year that this tour rolls around, we point out that Flogging Molly front man, Dublin-born Dave King, unbelievably, used to be the singer for metal band Fastway, which featured former members of Motorhead, UFO and Humble Pie and scored the 1983 hit Say What You Will. Doors open at 7 p.m. Friday, the show starts at 8. Tickets range from $26 to $63.50. House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
While this is rife with potential innuendo, we shall refrain, for once... Ripleys Believe it Or Not! is celebrating World Sword Swallowers Day on Saturday with a demonstration of this ancient art by pro sword swallower Erik Kloeker. This free show starts at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, with Kloeker commencing his official swallow at 2:22:14 p.m. to coincide with the date (Feb. 22, 2014). According to a Ripleys press release, the art of sword swallowing began more than 4,000 years ago in India, and requires the practitioner to use mind-over-matter techniques to control the body and repress natural reflexes to insert solid steel blades from 15 to 25 inches down the esophagus and into the stomach. With the demise of the traveling circus sideshow over the past several decades, there are currently less than a few dozen full-time professional sword swallowers actively performing the deadly art around the world today. Ripleys Myrtle Beach Odditorium is located at 901 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach. For more information, call 448-2331 or go to www.ripleys.com/myrtlebeach.
Upping the ante on the traditional CD release party, Myrtle Beachs quirky pop-rock outfit Wicked Gift is celebrating the release of a new full-length recorded project Falling Through Time and unveiling a new comic book based upon Wicked Gift front man/songwriter/keyboardist/guitarist Phil Foxs sci-fi burlesque rock opera Gratisphere on Saturday at appropriately enough, Nerd Bar, a venue inside a comic book store. Fox illustrated the 42-page comic book himself while enlisting the help of inkers and colorists. Lots of people release CDs and comic books, probably not that many do both, said Fox. The party gets started at 8 p.m. Saturday. There is no cover charge. Nerd Bar is inside X-Con Comics, at 807 Main Street, Myrtle Beach. Call 839-4820. For a conversation with Fox, turn to Music Notes on page 14.
Heralded as saviors of Southern rock, Atlanta-based Blackberry Smoke returns to the House of Blues on Saturday, and according to Allmusic.com the band builds its sound from the Lynyrd Skynyrd Southern rock template, with a good dose of outlaw honky tonk country and a little bit of bluegrass, gospel, and R&B mixed in. Also on the bill are Delta Saints. Doors open at 8 p.m. Saturday, the show starts at 9. Tickets range from $18 to $48.50 House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit www.houseofblues.com/myrtlebeach.
With the regular season winding down, Coach Cliff Ellis Coastal Carolina University basketball squad is trying to make sure things end on a positive note before hosting the Big South Conference Championship tournament, and the Chanticleers take on conference foe Presbyterian College on Wednesday at the HTC Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $10, $12 and $15, available via www.ticketreturn.com. The HTC Center is at 104 Founders Drive on CCUs Conway campus, bounded by U.S. 501 and S.C. 544. Call 347-TIXX or visit www.goccusports.com.
Kent Kimes, Editor
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