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California Roots presents The Carolina Sessions Reggae Music Festival

Join the reggae music fun at the inaugural California Roots presents The Carolina Sessions Reggae Music Festival from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Saturday, April 9, at the Pavilion site, Ninth Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard.  The best reggae bands travel to Myrtle Beach to play tropical jams for the crowd, so bring a large blanket to sit on and simply enjoy the happy vibes. Food, beer, wine and gift vendors will be on site, and food vendors will offer vegetarian and vegan options, too!  The music festival is a family friendly event.  Security will be at the front gate, near stages and roaming throughout the festival grounds.  Children, ages 10 and under, get in free with a paying adult ticketholder.  Tickets from the previously cancelled festival (October 3, 2015) will be accepted for the April 9 show.  For more information, visit http://californiarootscarolina.com/.

Long Bay Symphony Orchestra Presents “Some Enchanted Evening”

Maestro Charles Jones Evans will lead the Long Bay Symphony (LBS) in a performance of a selection of classic songs from “The Great American Songbook.” The concert takes place on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 7 pm at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center. 

Never out of style, these songs from well-known composers such as George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin, have been recorded by artists from Bing Crosby to Bette Midler.  This toe-tapping performance will have you singing along.


Guest artist Anne Runolfsson recently completed a 2 year run on Broadway as the tempestuous diva, Carlotta Giudacelli in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera, the longest running show in Broadway history.  Sal Viviano has appeared with over 120 Symphony Orchestras in Pops concerts around the world, with current bookings up to 2 years in advance.


Tickets range from $25 to $50.  Student tickets (21 & under with student ID) are $10. For tickets call the box office 843-448-8379, purchase online at www.LongBaySymphony.com or visit us at 1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach.


Music Laser Shows at Ingram Planetarium

Come to Ingram Planetarium on March 18 and 19 to experience music from classic rock albums set to mesmerizing laser graphics. Complete playlists are available at www.museumplanetarium.org.

Mar. 18            6 pm — Laser Vinyl – Enjoy rock classics from AC/DC, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Van Halen, Queen, Kansas, Kiss, Aerosmith, Boston, Journey, and Pink Floyd.

Mar. 18            7 pm – Laser Opolis – This eclectic soundtrack features artists from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s such as Nirvana, Creed, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, the B-52’s, Prodigy, Oasis, and others.

Mar. 19            6 pm – Laser Magic – This amazing laser music show showcases a variety of musical artists that include Yanni, Blue Oyster Cult, Celine Dion, Will Smith, Elton John, Joan Jett, Pink Floyd, and more.

Mar. 19            7 pm – Pink Floyd’s The Wall – This show has been described as “the mother of all laser-light shows” and “a cult favorite.” Pink Floyd’s The Wall is considered by many to be one of the best classic rock albums of all time. This show is not recommended for young children.

Ingram Planetarium is located at 7625 High Market Street in Sunset Beach, NC. Consider becoming a planetarium member; admission is free for members. Non-member admission (including NC sales tax) is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+), $7 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. For more information, call 910-575-0033 or visit www.museumplanetarium.org.

Long Bay Symphony Orchestra Presents “Beethoven & Blue Jeans” in Myrtle Beach, SC

Long Bay Symphony Orchestra Presents “Beethoven & Blue Jeans” on Sunday, March 6, 2016, featuring Hye-Jin Kim, an award winning violinist.

Maestro Charles Jones Evans will lead the Long Bay Symphony (LBS) in a performance of popular masterpieces by three great composers. The concert takes place on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 4 pm at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center. 

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The audience will experience Handel’s Overture to Music for the Royal Fireworks and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, one of the most famous violin concertos of all time.  Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 will complete this dazzling evening.  Hye-Jin Kim, an award winning violinist, will be a guest artist.  Born in Seoul, Korea, she began her violin studies at age 8.  She has performed as a soloist with several renowned orchestras and appeared in numerous major venues around the world.  At the invitation of Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hye-Jin performed at the U.N. Headquarters in both Geneva and New York.


Wear your favorite pair of blue jeans if you like!


Tickets range from $25 to $50.  Student tickets (21 & under with student ID) are $10. For tickets call the box office 843-448-8379, purchase online at www.LongBaySymphony.com or visit us at 1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach.

Jazz Ensemble Wraps Up Spartanburg SC Winter Jazz Series 2016

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The third and last concert of Chapman Cultural Center’s Winter Jazz Series 2016 will be Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, starting at 7:30 p.m. and featuring the Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble.

“This is has been a great jazz series for Spartanburg,” Marketing Director Steve Wong said. “We started off with the Greenville Jazz Collective playing Big Band-style music. That was followed by the premiere performance of the Mill Town Brass Band, playing tunes you might hear in the streets of New Orleans. And now we’ll wrap up the season with our hometown favorite, the Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble. Yes, Spartanburg most definitely has jazz.” This is Chapman’s third season of presenting a Winter Jazz Series. It is sponsored by JM Smith Corp.

The Spartanburg Jazz Ensemble is made up of musicians from all walks of life, young and seasoned, amateur and professional, from Spartanburg and surrounding areas. Established in 1996 to provide an outlet for these community players, the Ensemble offers quality jazz performances to the public. Under the auspices of the Spartanburg Community Band, the Ensemble is nonprofit. It has played at Chapman several times, in addition to such events and venues as Spring Fling, Music on Main, Dickens of a Christmas, the Pan American Games for the Blind, and USC Upstate for its popular Ice Cream Sundays Summer Concert Series. It is led by Thomas Wright, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Wofford College and professional saxophone and trumpet player.jazz Ensemble

The general admission (not assigned seating) tickets to the concert are $10 each and can be purchased online at ChapmanCulturalCenter.org or by calling (864) 542-ARTS during the afternoon MondayFriday.

Blues Legend Drink Small Birthday Concert at Hobcaw Barony


Drink Small photo by Doug Allen

“The Blues Doctor” is performing his guitar magic on the road at Hobcaw Barony near Pawleys Island, SC, on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, 3-5 p.m. Drink Small, the elder statesman of blues and self-described “old guitar player,” is 82 and still performing enthusiastically with his trademark booming voice and boisterous personality. A 2015 winner of the National Endowment of the Arts National Heritage Award, Drink Small has been singing the blues for six decades.

According to Gail Wilson-Giarratano in her biography Drink Small: The Life and Music of South Carolina’s Blues Doctor, he was born in Bishopville, SC, in 1933 to sharecropper parents and actually named Drink Small. He was injured in a wagon accident at a young age and was unable to pick cotton, so he began to sing gospel, joined the Spiritualaires during the 1950s, and chose to sing secular music in the 80s. Despite blindness, Drink has played throughout America and chosen not to travel outside the States, due to his love of America and his dedication to South Carolina.

In Jordan Lawrence’s fall 2015 article in Columbia’s Free Times, Drink’s intricate picking and impressive lyrics are described as “Drinkisms,” statements made in rhyming wisdom and set to soulful blues (“I got a hundred quotes in my throat!”). McKissick Museum’s curator Saddler Taylor says, “Drink has influenced generations of musicians, especially blues guitarists.”

The intimate concert setting provides a chance to hear, see and interact with a blues legend, according to Lee G. Brockington, senior interpreter at Hobcaw Barony. “I learned of an opportunity to book Drink Small through Dale Alan Bailes, former nightclub owner and friend of Drink’s publicist Clair DeLune, who is also host of the WUSC radio program, Blues Moon Radio in Columbia. I first heard him play while a college student in Columbia and thought he was B.B. King! Later, when I heard him perform at Homecoming at the Penn Center on St. Helena Island, I was hooked on the one and only Drink Small! As a NEA Heritage Fellow, he joins the ranks of B.B. King, Mavis Staples and John Lee Hooker. People are so excited about his coming to the Pawleys Island area, and I’m personally looking forward to celebrating this moment in South Carolina history.”


Tickets are $25 and space is limited. Books, t-shirts and CDs will be available for purchase at the concert. To order tickets, visit CLASS (Community Learning About Special Subjects) at Art Works in the Litchfield Exchange, call 843-235-9600 or register online at ClassAtPawleys.com.

Barleycove to Perform in Spartanburg


Barleycove to Perform Free Concert at Chapman Sunday

The three-person alternative band Barleycove will perform a free concert at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC Sunday, Jan. 3, 2-4 p.m. as part of the downtown venue’s weekly Sunday Unplugged program.

Barleycove is a folk-rock trio based in Greer. It is described as modern folk and Americana with tinges of classic rock in the vein of Fleetwood Mac. The members are Laura Clinton (founder, singer, songwriter, and keyboard), Jesse Thomas (guitar), and Tim Trammel (percussion). Others musicians are added to the group as the need arises. Barleycove seeks to merge the sounds of the ’70s with the influences of this age. Setting up to gain more listeners with its debut LP, Release, Barleycove believes in the power of music and the healing it can bring. For extensive details and to sample the band’s music, please visit online BarleyCoveBand.com.

As a point of interest, Barleycove is the name of a townland and beach in County Cork, on the south coast of Ireland. It is said to be one of the better beaches in West Cork, if not Ireland. The area surrounding Barleycove is one of natural beauty and is very popular during the summer months. The beach itself has been designated as a Special Area of Conservation by the European Union, due to the variety of wildlife and interesting habitats present in the sand dunes.

Sunday Unplugged is a longstanding program at Chapman Cultural Center that provides a casual, stress-free, and mostly free opportunity for people to enjoy the arts and cultural of Spartanburg. From 1 until 5 p.m., the venue is open, along with Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg Science Center, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Galley, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and Students Galleries.

All of the exhibits are free with the exception being the Science Center, which charges $4 per adult and $2.50 per student. In addition to free live music and exhibits, Chapman Cultural Center and the resident Partners often provide special programs on Sunday, such as one-time classes. For details, please visit online at ChapmanCulturalCenter.org or call (864) 542-ARTS.

Folk Duo Plays Free Concert in Spartanburg SC

Friction FarmFriction Farm, a duo of guitarist/vocalist Aidan Quinn and bassist/vocalist Christine Stay, will play a free and live concert at Chapman Cultural Center Sunday, Dec. 6, 2-4 p.m. as part of the venue’s weekly Sundays Unplugged program.

The Spartanburg-based duo has produced four albums: I Read Your Book; Every Mile Is A Memory; 34 Degrees, 32 Minutes; and Believe. Every Mile Is A Memory earned them a spot as Kerrville New Folk Finalists and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists in 2011.

They continue to combine storytelling, social commentary, and humor to create songs of everyday life, local heroes, and quirky observations. From ballads to anthems each song is filled with harmony and hope.

Every Sunday 1-5 p.m., Chapman Cultural Center is open and mostly free to give citizens and visitors the opportunity to enjoy a stress-free and casual afternoon to experience local art and culture. Spartanburg Art Museum, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Gallery, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and the Student Galleries are all open and free. In addition, Spartanburg Science Center is open with a $4 per adult and $2.50 per student admission. As part of the Sunday Unplugged program, a free concert by one or more local musicians is set for 2-4 p.m

To know more about Friction Farm, please visit online FrictionFarm.com. To know more about what Chapman has to offer, please visit ChapmanCulturalCenter.org or call (864) 542-ARTS.

The Long Bay Symphony Orchestra Presents “Regional Influences” on Sunday, November 8, 2015

Maestro Charles Jones Evans will lead the Long Bay Symphony (LBS) in a performance of Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto featuring award-winning clarinetist Narek Arutyunian [Pronounced: Nah-rehk Ah-roo-tuhyoo-nee-in]. Sunday, November 8 at 4 pm at the Myrtle Beach High School Performing Arts Center.

This concert promises to excite audiences of all ages! Selections include the Overture from Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio, Johann Strauss’ Emperor Waltz, Manuel de Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat, Suite, Debussy’s Premier Rhapsody for clarinet and, of course (!) Copland’s jazzy Clarinet Concerto. Audiences will thrill to hear how these composers wove popular musical elements into their compositions.

Tickets range from $25 to $50. Student tickets (21 & under with student ID) are $10. For tickets call the box office 843-448-8379, purchase online at www.LongBaySymphony.com or visit us at 1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach.

Program Details
Dr. Charles Jones Evans, conductor
Narek Arutyunian, clarinet soloist

Narek Arutyunian Shot NYC March 2014

Narek Arutyunian

The Dance!

It’s all about the dance!

Thousands of Baby Boomers, plus many older and younger, leave their hometown dance floors as many as four times each year to gather in the clubs and the streets of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The shag is the main attraction, but every dancer will also describe the camaraderie that creates the rich backdrop for SOS events.

The shag is a sort of swing or slow jitterbug dance with specific complex steps co-existing with simple moves for the amateur, set to beach music and evoking nostalgic coastal visits. North Myrtle is considered the home of the shag which was named the South Carolina state dance in 1984 through efforts of Rep. John J. “Bubber” Snow.home of the shag

SOS is actually the Society of Stranders, an organization begun as a reunion of lifeguards, waitresses and friends who had worked at the beach in the 40s and 50s. The term SOS has become synonymous with the events which the group sponsors. The primary events are Fall Migration in September, Mid Winters in January, Spring Safari in April and the Summer Workshop in July. The largest non-commercial parade in the Southeast is presented on Fun Monday during Fall Migration, according to the organization’s president. These Fun Mondays, also expanded to Fun Sunday, are huge street parties with bands on stage and non-stop entertainment. The public is encouraged to join the fun and the fundraising activities during these free events.

Ron Whisenant, president of SOS for 14 years, has been dancing here since the late 50s and recently retired and moved here. “SOS has a life of its own,” he explained. “OD is our Garden of Eden,” he said, of the Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach. “It began as a party. The music and dance were here, and we adopted it when the party came here.”

Whisenant also describes the well-recognized philanthropy of  the Hall of Fame Foundation which has raised funds for Red Cross during the Barefoot fire disaster, for earthquake victims in Haiti and for Camp Kemo as well as often helping individuals in need. As much as $10,000 is raised in a single Fun Monday for the camp. The foundation also donates defibrillators and sponsors classes for club staff which have been credited with saving dancers in a health crisis.


Shaggers Trish Brown, Ron Whisenant, Jenny Beckham Johnson

Although it’s a party atmosphere including plenty of booze throughout the town, taxi service is encouraged and the organization provides a shuttle service along the boulevard on weekends.

Jenny Beckham Johnson began working at Duck’s during SOS in spring 1990 when it was a four-day party, and she has never missed the big event which is now ten days, working it twice each year for 24 years. Now she can be seen at OD Arcade mixing some serious margaritas and long island ice teas.

“I grew up with all of these people,” she said, describing the “generosity and love” that surround the gatherings. She remembers an occasion when $1000 was raised in tip jars in one hour for a fellow shagger in need.

The Guinness World Record was claimed two years ago when 750 dancers moved with the same step in unison for 90 seconds.

While a dancer can shag anywhere, the official SOS events require a membership card, when the SOS organization buys the dance floors of the clubs affiliated: Ducks, Pirate’s Cove, Ocean Drive Resort and Spanish Galleon, OD Arcade and Fat Harold’s Beach Club. Admission includes live entertainment at each club nightly, such as the Catalinas or Jim Quick & Coastline, among other popular groups appearing this year at Fat Harold’s, and a couple of buffet dinners. It’s easy and inexpensive to join SOS at a tent on the street during an event. You don’t even have to dance to be welcomed to membership.

“It’s a multi-generational meld and blend of people from every walk of life,” Whisenant described the “fun, benevolent and generous” group who gather regularly.” It’s not about politics or controversy, just fun and “good medicine for what ails you.”

“It’s spring break for adults,” Whisenant and many other shaggers define SOS. The dance floors and clubs are crowded during the events, but local dancers enjoy these floors every day.

The friendships developed over the years of shagging at the beach bring joys and sorrows and pepper any conversation about the event. After all, the dance doesn’t need discussing. It’s what keeps us all together!

It’s a North Myrtle Beach phenomenon, however it’s defined. A single 10-day event in September recently generated an economic impact of $10.5 million, according to a study by Coastal Carolina University.

A dance and so much more!