South by Southeast Presents: Georgetown Rocks the Equinox Festival Pre-Party with Mike Farris and Phillip Lammonds

The amazingly talented Mike Farris.

Gospel-Soul Singer to Perform Concert at Winyah Auditorium Benefiting Music Education

By Seth Funderburk

On September 21, Nashville based singer-songwriter, Mike Farris, will perform at the Historic Winyah Auditorium, 1200 Highmarket St., in Georgetown, SC.  South by Southeast will sponsor the event as part of the 1st Annual Georgetown Rocks the Equinox Festival which will be held on Front Street in Georgetown at 8 p.m. on September 22.  Proceeds from the concert will be directed to SxSE’s music education fund, and proceeds from the festival will go to the Tara Hall Home for Boys.

In music there are those special artists that seem to transcend genre and defy categorization.  From time to time one hears a voice that can stop you dead in your tracks and shake your very foundation to the core.  Mike Farris is that artist and he has that voice.

In June of 2007 Farris released the critically acclaimed Salvation in Lights which married old time roots gospel sounds with his own unique arrangements that were mainly inspired by New Orleans, Stax and the blues.  In 2008 he won the Americana Music Association’s “New & Emerging Artist of the Year” award and started to make a name for himself as a dynamic performer.

In 2008 and 2009 Mike Farris and his Roseland Rhythm Revue performed monthly residencies at Nashville’s’ Station Inn and called it “Sunday Night Shout!”  The shows had audiences that consisted of people from all walks of life and the goal was to make the crowd feel “excited, delighted and loved.”  The official live recording of the Station Inn shows, Shout! Live, was released in 2009 and won the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award for “Best Traditional Gospel Album of the Year” in 2010.

Accredited songwriter, and local favorite, Phillip Lammonds, will open the show.

Tickets ($15.00) will be available at Limpin’ Jane’s on Front Street in Georgetown, by calling Seth Funderburk at 843-455-6499, or at the door day of show

For Mike Farris interviews, contact Tyler Pittman at

For information on Georgetown Rocks the Equinox, visit

For information on South by Southeast, visit

For information on the Winyah Auditorium, visit or call Debby Summey at 843-446-4777.


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HOB Review In 3: YES – At House Of Blues Myrtle Beach, August 2, 2012

By Brian M. Howle

HOB Review in 3 – YES: 1) Beginning with “Yours is No Disgrace,” their newest member – singer Jon Davison – may be the most perfect replacement vocalist I have ever heard, perfectly complimenting bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, and keyboardist Geoff Downes; 2) Steve Howe, after an amazingly beautiful acoustic guitar solo romp – “Thank you, despite all you noisy bastards!” (Inevitable drawback to concerts where alcohol is served), and; 3) With the inclusion of “America” and incredibly fresh compositions from their newest album, hands down the finest of their three performances at HOB Myrtle Beach over the last 10 years – and the added jewel of having the great Procol Harum as the opening band was an extra sweet experience.

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Summer Concerts Heating Up At HOB For July And August

By Brian M. Howle

Whenever it gets to be this time of year, one of those recurring statements I hear repeatedly, ever single year without fail, is the rhetorical “Man, I can’t believe it’s this hot!” Bullfeathers.

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.

.38 Special

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!”

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Go Fast, Turn Left, Don’t Hit Anything

By Brian M. Howle

As life continues its daily, relentless grind on us all, wearing us down, beating us into submission – it is only natural for almost everyone to just accept this as a given; to take in stride the changes that affect us in all the negative manners we are told is our predestined fate, and to let those slight, few regrets which we may still retain just fade away and remain unreconciled.

Yeah, well, fortunately for me, I am not everyone.

So when my daily grind began with checking email for our publications enabled me to run across the evite to attend the Media Day Appreciation event being hosted by the recently purchased Myrtle Beach Speedway on April 18, it took me a split-second to read and then re-read what was on the screen before me: “You may choose to drive an actual NASCAR stock car or you may choose to ride with …”

Well, I never got to the part explaining you could also just be passenger while a professional driver took the wheel until later.

One of 16 media drivers at the NASCAR Racing Experience challenge who had their photo taken with the official NRE car and lived to tell the tale.  And this guy is good.

And that’s because if ever a Walter Mitty-type dream came true for anyone, it most certainly just had for me.

This was made possible by the fact that one of the new owners of the track, Bob Lutz,  is also founder and owner of NASCAR Racing Experience.  After 20 or so years in running these types of driving schools, Bob knows that promotion is more than just the name of the game, and what better way to ensure that the word get out on your newest endeavor – via all local media outlets – than by inviting the entire motley crew of thrill-seeking journalists out to the track for a true first-hand perspective.

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Get A Dosage Of Collective Soul At HOB May 13

Collective Soul (L-R): Will Turpin, Ed Roland, Dean Roland, Joel Kosche (not pictured, Johnny Rabb).

By Brian M. Howle

As a music writer, nothing burns my butt more than seeing some fluff piece or hit piece, where the personal agenda is so blatant that even a blind man could see it.

Well, if you’re a writer with the same outlook – prepare to be burned – but, in a good way.

Because ever so often, there are bands that come along who are just good in every known interpretation of the word, in the application of it to all aspects of their being. As musicians, as performers, as professionals, and most importantly, as people.
So if you’re like me, you’ll want to make sure to get your tickets early for this one, as Collective Soul returns to the stage at House Of Blues Myrtle Beach at 4640 Highway 17 S.,  North Myrtle Beach, S.C., on May 13.

Hailing from Stockbridge, Georgia, founder and creative tour de force Ed Roland (lead vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar) fronts a unique group of guys who have found that magic elixir of charisma, talent, and damn good music that will stand on its own regardless of your place in the space-time continuum. Along with brother Dean Roland (rhythm guitar), Joel Kosche (lead guitar, backing vocals), Will Turpin (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Johnny Rabb (percussion), he leads a well-tuned musical machine that cranks out massive amounts of positive energy and killer tunes.

One thing about being at a Collective Soul concert that I really enjoy, is hearing the inevitable comment of “Man, I forgot they did this one, too!” over and over again during the course of the show.  They aren’t just prolific, kids; their content is chock full of quality tunes, with thoughtful, insightful lyrics and some of the bestest killer hooks to ever grace a master tape.

From the breakout hits “Shine” and “Breathe”, to the MTV monster “The World I Know,” “December,” “Gel,” “Better Now,” “Hollywood,” “You” and “Understanding;” their body of work is impressive in anyone’s book.

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Full Throttle Saloon Presents Throttle Fest At HOB Myrtle Beach May 17-19

Well, sometimes you just have to let time and common sense work their collective course until things work out.  And after some of those misguided souls who supposedly run Horry County and City of Myrtle Beach had their asses handed to them by the courts for blatantly attempting to suppress personal freedom and destroy free commerce and a long-standing, mutually beneficial Bike Week Rally in the spring of each year, the good times and good folks who ride the lightning on all makes of scoots will be returning to the highways and byways of the Grand Strand once again.  ‘Nuff said on the personal commentary on my part.

House of Blues & Full Throttle Saloon would like to welcome Spring Rally Riders May 17, 18 and 19th with a full line up of entertainment events & appearances by the entire cast of the hit show Full Throttle Saloon on Tru TV.

Concert Line Up

Thursday May 17th – Theory of A Deadman with Pop Evil and Stellar Revival

Friday May 18th – The Marshall Tucker Band with Trent Tomlinson & HER & Kings County & The Full Throttle Flaunt Girls

Saturday May 19th – Jackyl with Nigel Dupree & The Full Throttle Flaunt Girls

*Tickets for these events are onsale 4/12 and can be purchased through the box office 843.272.3000 or

The Deck Line Up

Live Entertainment on The Deck Noon-Midnight Thursday-Saturday:

DB Bryant, Nigel Dupree, The Full Throttle Flaunt Girls, Power Born Rebellion & More

*All events to include appearances by Full Throttle’s Mike Ballard, Jesse Dupree, Angie, Goat, The Flaunt Girls & The Full Throttle Bartenders.

For information and tickets call 843-272-3000 or visit online at  or .

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Theory Of A Deadman Put To The Test May 17 At House Of Blues Myrtle Beach

By Brian M. Howle

OK, you’re a kickass rock band from North Delta, British Columbia. If that name doesn’t ring a bell, well, there’s a reason for that.  It’s because North Delta ain’t exactly a hotbed of happenin’ rock bands.  So if you are from North Delta, just how the hell do you get your music out there in the mainstream, so you can be discovered, and for all to enjoy and fawn over you and make you rich and famous and all that good shit?

Well, simple:  The band’s lead singer, Tyler Connolly, gave Nickelback’s  Chad Kroeger a demo tape of their music while at an after-show party. and the rest, as they say, is history.  Of course, you have to move from North Delta to Vancouver.  But hey … doesn’t everyone?

God, I love a happy ending.

And now, kids, platinum-selling Vancouver rock band Theory of a Deadman are getting ready to hit the road this spring for a headlining tour that will be stopping in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Thursday, May 17 at House Of Blues Myrtle Beach with opening acts, Pop Evil and Stellar Revival.

The quartet is touring in support of The Truth Is, their fourth full length album released in July 2011 on Roadrunner/604 Records, which debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. Recorded in Los Angeles’ Bay 7 Studio with Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, 3 Doors Down), the 19 track album features the current single “Hurricane,” currently #15 at Active Rock and Mainstream Rock radio as well as first singles “Lowlife,” a raucous anthem celebrating simple pleasures and “The Bitch Came Back,” which gives a hilarious send-off to a bad ex with roaring guitars and flourishes of horns.

Theory of a Deadman—Tyler Connolly (lead vocals, lead guitars), David Brenner (rhythm guitar), Dean Back (bass), Joey Dandeneau (drums)—builds arena-ready hooks around hard rocking stories of good times, bad times and everything in between. The band solidified their place at the top of the modern hard rock charts by exceeding Platinum sales with their breakthrough album Scars & Souvenirs (2008) and with the #1 Active Rock Radio hits “Bad Girlfriend” and “So Happy.” The band has toured with everyone from Motley Crue and Godsmack to Daughtry and label mates Stone Sour and will be appearing at this year’s Rock on the Range festival alongside Incubus, Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, Slash, Cypress Hill and Chevelle.

To read the band’s bio, go to:

For info on the show, call the box office at 843-272-3000; for tickets call 1-877-598-8497; or visit .

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