By Brian M. Howle
Hey, Einstein – it’s summer! Our little rock rolls right by the bigass star in the center of our solar system, with our hemisphere at a more favorable sun angle, once every year, alright? So enough with the bitchin’.
Besides, it nicely compliments the parade of shows that are neatly aligned with the real stars at House Of Blues Myrtle Beach at Barefoot Landing, 4640 Highway 17 S., North Myrtle Beach, S.C. for the duration of the season – so here’s what’s in store for you over the next two months:
July has an eclectic mix, including a 5-night stellar string featuring just about every style of music for every taste!
Starting it off on Wednesday, July 19 will be Tank (aka Durrell Babbs), an R&B singer/songwriter/producer from the D.C./Maryland area. He’s written or produced for Dave Hollister, Marques Houston, Omarion, Jamie Foxx, Donell Jones and Monica, among others. He released his fifth studio album entitled This Is How I Feel in May, collaborating with the artists Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, T.I. and Kris Stephens. Opening up for Tank will be Young Deon, so take it on the down low and be there.Tues
On July 19, those Wild-Eyed Southern Boys will bring the finest in southern rock to town, as Jacksonville’s .38 Special hits the stage with the setlist featuring more hits than a bong at JerryFest. Donnie Van Zant and Don Barnes still front one of the best-sounding bands from southern climes to ever crunch a power chord on a Gibson. With familiar hits like “Hold On Loosely,” “Caught Up in You,” “If I’d Been the One,” and “Back Where You Belong,” there’s no messing around when they start cranking those- and many more – out for the faithful. Always a crowd favorite, these boys never fail to put on a frenetic, memorable show.
On July 20, another iconic band from the south comes to town, but with a totally different sound but no less loved! The B52s – delightful and effervescent and still as campy and fun as when they cut their teeth on the college circuit and FM ground-breaking – bring their own bag of hits with big hair, big smiles and glorious harmonies as Fred Schneider (vocals, cowbell), Kate Pierson (vocals, keyboards), Cindy Wilson (vocals, tambourine, bongos) and Keith Strickland (guitars) take us to those carefree days of “Rock Lobster,” “Roam,” “Channel Z” and of course, no visit would be complete without cruising down to the “Love Shack!”
Then it’s back-to-back again, this time for a couple of great tribute bands. On July 31, Tuesday’s Gone: Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd brings the legends that shaped a generation back in a great cover band for fans of Southern Rock.
On July 22, Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime, with a wild mix of reggae-punk-ska-fusion, along with Full Service and TreeHouse!.
On July 26, HOB presents a FREE CONCERT with country star Jason Sturgeon, which in turn frees up yer coins for more of your favorite libation!
Only July 27, things get down to the islands with the Coco-Nuts Island Show, covering Jimmy Buffet, Bob Marley, the Drifters and more.
August breaks bad and great on the 1st, as Bush comes to town blistering the stage with their alternative rock (found in copies amounts in films and video games), led by founding members Gavin Rossdale and Robin Goodridge, with supporting act The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show.
Then, on August 2, the truly iconic legends YES will make their 3rd appearance on the storied stage in Myrtle Beach, performing one of the most amazing sets you will ever experience. The gauntlet of hits features “Roundabout,” “Starship Trooper,” “All Good People,” and “Owner of a Loney Heart” among but a sampling of what’s in store.
And wait, it gets better: the show opens with the dulcet progrssive-rock tones of fellow British legends Procol Harum, with their signature “Whiter Shade of Pale.”
August 4 features Ted Nugent with young, talented Australian hard rock vocalist and guitar queen Laura Wilde opening up for the Motor City Mouthman.
Country star Jamey Johnson brings it on down home on August 9, followed by Slippery When Wet: A Bon Jovi Tribute on August 11.
August 18 brings venue favorite Citizen Cope back to town, where the former hip-hop DJ turned rock/blues /soul/folk artist has a large following to give homage to his constant touring.
That brings us to the big finish for August, as hardrocking, hardpartying Buckcherry storms into town on August 19, telling the sweet stories of “Lit Up,” “Dead Again,” “Crazy Bitch,” “Sorry” and “Everything. ” Opening acts My Darkest Days and Otherwise will get you fine tuned for the show.
Get rested for a few days, then come back on August 24 for one of the premier guitarists to ever flat burn a dueling guitars scene in a movie (Crossroads), as Steve Vai brings his famous Ibanez assault team to life in ways that will simply amaze even the most dedicated axe slinger; added fun will be opening act Beverly McClellan – a show you won’t want to miss.
The month finishes up strong on August 25 with the Oy Vey of reggae, rock and hip hop beatboxing sounds, Pennsylvania’s Matisyahu (“King Without a Crown,” “One Day”), along with The Dirty Heads (“Lay Me Down”) and opening act Moon Taxi.
For info call 843-272-3000; for tickets visit www.livenation.com or www.houseofblues.com
This article originally appeared at www.bhowle.wordpress.com