Strike up the Band

June 2018
Written By: 
Paul Grimshaw

Few places offer as much live music diversity and density as does the Grand Strand. From acoustic soloists to screaming rock ’n’ roll bands, along with Americana, top 40 dance, classic rock, big bands and country crooners, there’s live music (usually presented for free) on stages both outdoors and indoors at more than 100 Grand Strand bars and restaurants. Larger venues offer ticketed shows from top names on tour, variety shows from professional companies and up-and-coming acts.

PHOTO: (top) Sounds of Summer Concert series; (bottom) Music on Main.

Hot Summer Nights on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
Plyler Park, 1309 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach
Local and regional bands will perform on a stage adjacent to the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Check the website for a full schedule. Runs June 12 through September 4, Monday through Saturday from 8–11 p.m.

Encore Florals Music on the Lawn
225 Kingston St., Conway
(843) 488-4086
Free music most Friday afternoons along with wine and beer (for purchase) in historic downtown Conway. Visit the website to see who is performing.

Music on Main
Main Street, North Myrtle Beach
(843) 280-5570
This long-running music series takes place from 7–9 p.m. each Thursday through the end of September. Free admission and a variety of music, from beach music to rock ’n’ roll. Check the website for a full lineup.

The Murrells Inlet MarshWalk
4025 U.S. 17 Business,
Murrells Inlet
(704) 609-7535
A half-mile wooden boardwalk and pier, known as the MarshWalk, now hosts some 10 separate eateries, most of which provide live music nightly and never have a cover charge.

Sounds of Summer Concert Series
Sandhills Bank Amphitheater at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex, 150 Citizens Circle, Little River
(843) 280-5570
This popular concert series features local and regional variety, pop, Americana and jazz bands, as well as national touring tribute acts. Free admission and held the third Friday of each month through September 21.

Thursday Concert Series on the Lawn
Marina Park, 8201 Marina Parkway, Myrtle Beach
(877) 347-2633
Enjoy a great show on the Marina Park lawn the last Thursday of each month through August. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and purchase concessions on site. Each show will be teamed up with a local charity. Performers include the Long Bay Symphony and Ultimate Aldean Experience, a Jason Aldean Tribute. Visit the site for a full schedule.

Surfside Sunday Serenades
Passive Park
410 Surfside Drive, Surfside Beach
(843) 913-6111
Free concert series on Sunday afternoons from June to October, 2–5 p.m. The event features three separate acts, soloists and larger groups in an intimate and beautiful town park setting.

Calabash Summer Concert Series
868 Persimmon Road, Calabash
(910) 253-2031
Fun, family-friendly concert series Tuesday nights (6 p.m.) through August featuring top-named variety and beach music bands.

Broadway at the Beach
1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach
(843) 444-3200
Long the heart and soul of Myrtle Beach nightlife, shopping and dining, in season Broadway at the Beach hosts a wide variety of live music, including soloists, rock ‘n’ roll bands and dueling pianos.

Barefoot Landing
Waterway Stage
4898 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach
(843) 272-8349
In honor of its 30th anniversary, Barefoot Landing will host free, live music nightly at 7 p.m. all summer long on a newly built stage. The 30th of each summer month will be dedicated to larger bands and specialty acts.

Alabama Theatre
Barefoot Landing
4750 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach
(843) 272-1111
Since 1993, the Alabama Theatre has been hosting audiences of all ages and entertaining with stage shows and touring superstars. Summer’s lineup includes country megastar Josh Turner on July 20.

The Carolina Opry
8901 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
(843) 913-4000
The granddaddy of theatre shows, enjoy outstanding talent, special guest artists (The Gaither Vocal Band on June 17 and America on July 22) and a wide variety of music from the ‘60s and ‘70s to modern country and pop.

Legends in Concert
2925 Hollywood Drive, Myrtle Beach
(843) 238-7827
Look-alike, sound-alike celebrity impersonators are backed by a live band, dancers and concert lighting in a Las Vegas-styled stage show. Looking for summer fun? Legends in Concert is a safe bet.

House of Blues
4640 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach
(843) 272-3000
For 21 years the House of Blues’ 2500-seat music hall has been host to hundreds of the biggest names in pop, country, rap, r & b, metal, rock, Americana and more, plus live variety entertainment regularly on their open air deck. Mark your calendar for bands like Collective Soul and Jimmy Eat World in July.


Photos Courtesy of NMB Parks & Rec