No matter your musical tastes, you are sure to find something that strikes a chord with your ear drums in Myrtle Beach. Beach music, country/western, show tunes and good ol' rock 'n roll are always on the musical menu at the theaters and nightclubs in and around Myrtle Beach. The Grand Strand is home to several performance theaters and concert halls that attract touring acts, such as the Alabama Theater and the House of Blues. A more casual, grass-roots variety of music is on full display at a host of Myrtle Beach night clubs. Multiple options let you tap into the venues that 10Best readers favor, like Crocodile Rocks Dueling Pianos, or you can get a taste of the city's offerings by visiting places like the Boathouse, which is known for its rock music. If country-western music is more your speed, check out the legendary Bowery in the downtown Myrtle Beach district or Rodeo's in the popular Broadway at the Beach Celebrity Square area. While many venues on the local music scene are clustered in the Broadway area, know that terrific places to hear live music can be found throughout the Grand Strand.From the beach-music bars in the Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach to the waterway-front rock clubs in the tiny fishing village of Murrells Inlet, you can find a band with the perfect soundtrack for your Myrtle Beach vacation.
10 Rodeo Bar & Grill
Slip on your cowboy boots and get ready to two-step across the dance floor at Rodeo Bar & Grill, the only country-western bar at Broadway at the Beach. This large club takes country to the next level, with a mechanical bull set up for guests to try their luck and a huge dance floor fit for line dancing. Free country dance lessons are provided on a regular basis and the club attracts a nice mix of cowboys, cowgirls and those who just want to be country for one night. Rodeo also offers a full dinner menu specializing in steaks and other grilled meats. Wash it all down with a cold beer, and work it all off on the dance floor. The house band kicks up a nice beat all night long. (843-315-0120)
9 Palace Theatre
Rising high above the complex at Broadway at the Beach is the shining Palace Theatre, which hosts some of the top concerts and off-Broadway productions in the Southeast. This elegant theatre has hosted such talent as Aretha Franklin, Kenny Rogers and many other top-name celebrities and acts. Previous shows include Wynonna, Randy Travis, Clint Black, "Evita," "Lord of the Dance" and "Le Grand Cirque." The 1920s-style lobby, concessionaires and gift shop are worth a visit and the helpful staff can help you find your seats or select your tickets to your show of choice. Show times and admissions vary, so call ahead. (843-448-0588, 800-905-4228)
8 Crocodile Rocks Dueling Pianos
A unique and fun entertainment experience featuring your requested songs performed by some of the coolest and funniest piano players anywhere. Enjoy your favorite libation, sing-along and join in the fun. In fact, don't be surprised to find yourself and your friends as part of the act as the dueling pianists bring volunteers up on stage for some good-natured jokes. Too shy for the stage? Just sit in the back and laugh at others making a fool of themselves. The crowd is active and in a good mood thanks to the talented and humorous key-ticklers and generous portions of liquid courage from the bar. (843-444-2096)
7 Legends In Concert
Like something straight out of Vegas (actually, it is!), this five-concert impersonator show is so good that a lot of patrons admit these performers do the songs as well as (in some cases better than) the originals. If you're thinking, "No way!" then come see for yourself as The Boss, Tina, Streisand, Cash and even Elvis take the stage and leave the crowd blown away. The new location at Broadway at the Beach features state-of-the-art sound, lighting and multi-media displays. Shows usually begin on the hour, for example 2pm, 6pm, 8pm or 9pm. Depending on the season, there may be multiple show times in one day. (843-238-7827)
6 Fat Harold's Beach Club
South Carolina's state dance is alive and kicking at Fat Harold's, a legendary beach club that claims to be "Home of The Shag." Located on North Myrtle's famed Ocean Drive, the club looks like a big shack from the outside, but don't let appearances fool you. Inside, you'll find everybody from teens to Baby Boomers strutting their stuff on the hardwood dance floor sprinkled with saw dust and spilled beer. This place is always hopping, but about once a month the S.O.S. (Society of Shaggers) holds gatherings and shag to the sounds of some of the top beach music acts in the country. (843-249-5779)
5 Carolina Opry
In 1986, Calvin Gilmore unveiled his Carolina Opry, which brings to the Grand Strand area some of the industry's top dancers, musicians, and singers for shows that dazzle audiences with their unique blend of music and comedy. Two decades later the Carolina Opry continues to draw big crowds and attract some of the top performers. In addition to year-round productions and concerts, the holiday season sees the Opry put on a stunning Christmas Special. Well reviewed and one of the most sought after tickets in town, the Carolina Opry is great entertainment for the entire family. Shows nightly, most at 8pm. (843-913-4000, 800-843-6779)
4 The Bowery
Don't miss the chance to see where country music super group Alabama got its start back in the 1970s, and little has changed at this hole-in-the-wall honky-tonk since those days. The house band kicks out live music six days a week and visiting bands and musicians get together to jam on its night off. Patrons off all walks of life share the common bond of live music. Not the fanciest place in town but a must-see for those looking for a true taste of the Myrtle Beach nightlife. Wear your dancing boots and don't be surprised if someone asks you to two-step. (843-626-3445)
3 Froggy Bottomz Live
The house band at Froggy Bottomz, Illuzion, is sure to bring down the house with an awesome repertoire of pop music covers. From your favorite classic rock tunes to current hip-hop chart toppers, Illuzion puts on a dynamic show that never fails to get the standing room-only crowds moving. Other bands and artists also make regular appearances at the club, which features a main stage and plenty of good seating in the bar area and upper-deck seating area. Full bar service is available, and there's even a VIP room with reserved tables if you want to roll like a rock star. (843-444-3500)
2 Alabama Theatre
Named for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Grammy Award-winning group that got its start on the Grand Strand, the Alabama Theatre stands as a testament to the band's roots. Live concerts and regular theater performances keep the action hopping at this 2,250-seat theater, which attracts country music's biggest stars to thye stage and some of the best singers and dancers this side of Broadway. Nightly shows feature the Alabama's very own entertainers, with frequent appearances by greats such as Loretta Lynn and George Jones. Most shows start at 7:30pm Tuesday through Sunday, but call ahead for exact schedule. (843-272-1111, 800-342-2262)
1 House of Blues
This restaurant/concert hall attracts great live music performed by nationally and internationally known rock, folk, blues, jazz and blues bands. The 2,000-person venue attracts many mid-major level touring acts as well as smaller regional bands. The intimate venue allows for great views from all angles and a top-notch sound system. In addition to the ticketed events, the restaurant/bar area features live music seven days a week, including a wonderful Sunday Gospel Brunch. Call ahead for a schedule of upcoming events. Ticket prices and showtimes vary - most are about $20 and start around 8 p.m. - but many of the top acts sell out early. (843-272-3000)
About Terry Massey
It's no surprise that journalist Terry Massey is credited with creating the word 'stay-cation.' He considers the past 18 years in Myrtle Beach a vacation.
He and his wife Stephanie were honeymooning in Myrtle Beach, when Terry was offered a job at the local newspaper. Without hesitation, they packed a U-Haul with their belongings - including unopened wedding gifts - and moved to the beach. They now have a daughter, Riley, a golden retriever, Duff, and their roots are deeply grounded in the sand.
After 13 years at the newspaper, Terry became a freelance writer to cover all the things that brought him to the beach.
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