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.
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!”