Staycation for Music Lovers

June 2019
Written By: 
Paul Grimshaw

Live music and the beach go together like oysters and hot sauce. From soloists belting out tunes at seafood dives to symphonies playing on the grass to late-night rock ’n’ roll clubs on every waterfront and Main Street in every Grand Strand town, there’s music to fill the air (and enough variety to suit every taste). Let the good times roll!

The House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach

La Belle Amie Vineyard
1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River

What started in 1999 as occasional weekend soloists to entertain the wine and cheese-cube crowd just outside the vineyard gift shop and tasting room has evolved into La Belle Amie’s Saturday festival fun. Now, 20 years later, large crowds come to drink wine (and beer), eat food from a variety of vendors, socialize with friends and family, dance, picnic and listen to rock ’n’ roll, jazz, oldies and more. On the park-like grounds of the vineyard, enjoy more than 50 Saturday festivals annually (small admission charged), plus weekday soloists and duos out by the gift shop for some 260 days of live music annually. Fun for all ages.

House of Blues Barefoot Landing
4640 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach

For more than 20 years, the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, originally opened by Dan Aykroyd and partners, has entertained and fed countless hundreds of thousands, presenting music from local, regional and national acts outside on The Deck, inside at the New Orleans-inspired restaurant and within the Music Hall. Legendary artists, current hit makers and tribute acts of all genres make their way to this favored spot. Staycationers, too.

Grande Dunes Marina Park
8201 Marina Parkway, Myrtle Beach

Overlooking the marina at Grande Dunes and the Intracoastal Waterway, this festival ground has been home to a variety of musical events, fun runs, outdoor movie nights and private and public events for Grande Dunes owners, guests and the general public. Though the schedule is still being finalized as of press time, summer concerts are planned for June 25, July 23 and August 20. The Long Bay Symphony will perform on September 21 with an accompanying oyster roast.

Brookgreen Gardens
1931 Brookgreen Garden Drive, Murrells Inlet

Well known for its historical and natural beauty, Brookgreen Gardens has developed a reputation for hosting a wide variety of musical performances as well, many of which draw thousands of spectators. This year Brookgreen Gardens has expanded its offerings to every Wednesday through Saturday from 7–9 p.m., starting June 19 and running until August 10. Hear a variety of acts performing many different styles.

Plyler Park
1309 Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach

Along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Plyler Park and its permanent stage have hosted Hot Summer Nights for many years and will continue to do so in 2019. The summertime schedule also features limited live musical entertainment, including Boardwalk Elvis, at various locations along the boardwalk. Each Thursday evening from 8–11 p.m., weather permitting, enjoy live rock ’n’ roll, country and oldies music from local and regional acts. The concert series runs from early June to late August.

Murrells Inlet MarshWalk
Murrells Inlet Waterfront

Few places enjoy as much variety and consistency in live musical performances as does the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk. Here you’ll find acoustic soloists, eclectic Americana duos and trios, cover bands, dance bands, party bands, tribute bands, country music and R&B, along with the occasional national act. It’s all here, and while busier in the summer months, this live music epicenter of the Grand Strand is buzzing year-round.