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The Necessary Band announces hiatus
"While we don't know what the future holds, one thing is for certain ... We have had a really great run," wrote frontman Mark Necessary via Facebook. "With your help, we made some beautiful music and had some great times. Thank you so much for your love and support, but most of all your friendship. Party on, Party People."
The group has two albums together — including 2008's "Front To Finish" and 2010's "Now You Got Two" — and served as the Margaritaville house band for a number years.
The group had recently bid farewell to its keyboard player and vocalist "Monty" Montanaro in September as he relocated away from Myrtle Beach.
Prowler signs deal with Irish label
Local horror/metal group Prowler announced Thursday that it has been signed to a distribution deal with Slaney Records.
"We're very excited. I think it's great for us to get distribution around the world and to get our music out — especially overseas," said Prowler frontman Patrick Best. "Plus, it's always good for the scene for other bands to see that people out of Myrtle Beach can get noticed and can do things beyond just the beach."
Based out of Ireland, Slaney is an independent label which specializes in Thrash and Metal music and represents a roster of more than a dozen different artists including Posessor, Vindicator, Fatal, Vanlade, Suicide Watch and others.
Prowler recently released the last in its four-part series of two-song EPs and is working on recording a final track before putting together its debut full-length album this fall. According to Best, the band plans to have the album finalized and ready to release through Slaney Records in time for a New Year's Eve CD release party.
Life In Color locks in DJ lineup
Local party promoter Taylor J. Burt and Life In Color (formerly Dayglow) announced this week that they had locked in DJ Kap Slap as the headlining act for the "World's Largest Paint Party" on Halloween night at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
Kap Slap (aka Jared Lucas) is a mashup DJ whose built a buzz in the electronic community despite being a full-time student at Lehigh University in Pennslyvania. He'll be accompanied by fellow toruing DJ Kevin Focus, who also performed at this spring's Life In Color event, as well as locals DJ Timur and local DJ Lui Diamante.
The "E.N.D. (Electronic Never Dies)" edition of this event will feature more than 20,000 lights and lasers, state-of-the-art paint cannons and a variety of aerial acts, stilt walkers and fire breathersin addition to the DJs on display.
Speedway hosts haunted house, music events
Myrtle Beach Speedway, known as the area's home for racing, has continued to expand its repertoire of events this fall having recently announced a haunted house, musical event and upcoming festival on its grounds.
Dr. Screams haunted house will open at the Speedway for the first time Saturday at 8p.m. and will run through Oct. 31 nightly. The attraction will feature a Ride of Torture and Trail of Terror haunted trail for $15 per person. (Read our full story on haunted houses here.)
In addition Joseph Cunningham, sales and marketing manager shared the following details:
"We have teamed up with Bernis 501 on Friday and Saturday [Oct. 19-20] to do a concert inside the infield of our track. On Oct. 20, we are having a Hooters Wing and Oyster Fest at the Speedway with Live Bands from 12-6 p.m. We are having DJ Mad Max kick it out and the bands play all day until 12 a.m.," he wrote.
The Oct. 19 show will feature local Reggae rockers Treehouse and DJ B-Top performing from 6 p.m. to midnight.
Keep up with activities at the Speedway at http://www.myrtlebeachspeedway.com/
A$AP Rocky show cancelled
The LONGLIVEA$AP Tour date schedule for Nov. 13 at the House of Blues has been cancelled.
"Due to scheduling conflicts, the A$AP ROCKY concert scheduled for November 13, 2012 at House of Blues - Myrtle Beach will no longer be taking place. We are sorry for any inconveniences caused by this cancellation. Refunds are available at your point of purchase," reads the release from HOB this week.
Though the cancellation may be a little frustrating for fans looking forward to checking out buzzworthy rappers A$AP Rocky, Danny Brown and Schoolboy Q live on stage, it's certainly not unprecedented as the latest in a string of many hip-hop shows which have fallen through at the North Myrtle Beach music hall.
See what else HOB has coming up here.
Rocky and a Piano returns to Opry
Fans of long-time Carolina Opry piano player, Rocky Fretz, will once again have an opportunity to see him perform in a weekly piano matinee in November and December, beginning on Nov. 14.
Accompanied by bass player Patrick O’Leary, this show will highlight Fretz’s talents in their purest form, featuring a variety of well-known classics, a few original compositions and some holiday music.
“Rocky and a Piano is a great change of pace from what you usually see in our theater. It's just Rocky, a piano, and beautiful music. Our crowds just loved this show last year so we had to bring it back, the smaller setting creates a really unique and interactive experience that the audience loves," said Calvin Gilmore, owner and producer of The Carolina Opry.
Fretz, who has been on leave from The Opry since having cervical surgery in his neck this spring, will return to the stage full force, also appearing in the 2012 edition of The Carolina Opry Christmas Special, often called “the Christmas show of the South.”
Ground Zero annouces opening date, spring lineup
Since last spring, Ground Zero teen minitsry has been working to renovate the historic Rivloi Theater in dowtown Myrtle Beach and now the group has set an open date for its brand-new concert venue and teen center: Feb. 2, 2013.
The date came as came as part of an annoucment that includes a full lineup of entertainment for winter and spring of 2013 featuring a number of musical acts, magicians, comedians and other entertainers.
The opening show will feature Christian hip-hop artist Shonlock with DJ Promote. Tickets are already on sale for $10 each or high school students can sign up for a membership to Ground Zero here, which will give them free admission. Other notable shows include Manic Drive (Feb. 16), Philmont (March 2), Silverline (March 9) and a Battle of the Bands on March 30.
Beginning Oct. 18 and happening each Thursday through Nov. 15, Ground Zero will be hosting Vision Nights, to show members of the community their progress on the construction of the building and to talk more about their vision for the future of the facility.
Click here for a more complete schedule or check out the video below for more information.