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Research has shown that familiar music is one of the most powerful ways to spark a person’s fond memories from the past. For example, hearing a classic summer song that was on heavy rotation during a memorable beach trip might instantly usher in memories of toes in the sand and good times spent on the shoreline. Hearing the tune that served as the soundtrack to the first dance at your wedding might bring back vivid recollections of the big day, when your closest friends and dearest family members celebrated the start of your and your spouse’s new life together. And similarly, hearing a particular favorite album might summon fond thoughts of a close friend who shared the experience of attending one or more of the artist’s concerts with you.
So it stands to reason that, if you want to make an already awesome vacation even more memorable, seeing a concert during the getaway is a sure-fire way to make it unforgettable. And on the Grand Strand, the opportunities to catch some stellar live music abound.
During your next getaway to the Myrtle Beach area, consider catching a favorite artist or other highly talented performer live in concert at one of these Grand Strand music venues:
House of Blues: Located at the popular Barefoot Landing shopping/dining/entertainment complex in North Myrtle Beach, this nationally known, juke joint-inspired music venue hosts house-rocking concerts year-round, regularly bringing in national and regional touring acts, as well as a range of talented homegrown artists. Upcoming highlights on the 2019 music calendar here include Dropkick Murphys on March 8, Walker Hayes on March 15, Buckethead on March 22, the Marshall Tucker Band on March 29 and Scott McCreery on March 30. April sees Chase Rice, Lil Baby and Blue October take the stage, while Shinedown and Parkway Drive are set to take the stage in May.
Check out the HoB’s full concert lineup at houseofblues.com.
Carolina Opry: Found just off Highway 17 in Myrtle Beach alongside the Pirates Voyage dinner & show venue, singer/producer/entrepreneur Calvin Gilmore’s Carolina Opry hosts a full schedule of popular performances throughout the year. Among them, the award-winning, namesake Carolina Opry variety show brings together 35 talented performers to present a crowd-pleasing mix of high-energy music, comedy and dance. Other regular shows include the Time Warp live musical performance that pays tribute to the biggest hits of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s; the Thunder & Light dance, laser and Magic show; and the Pure Magic show featuring amazing illusionists The Wagsters.
See the full Carolina Opry schedule at thecarolinaopry.com.
Alabama Theatre: Another Barefoot Landing attraction, this entertainment venue started by legendary country-music group Alabama presents a regular schedule of musical performances, many with a country twang. Popular draws here include ONE the Show, which in 2019 is celebrating its 25th year of delighting audiences with its mix of country, gospel, Broadway, pop, rock and family-friendly comedy. The 2019 concert lineup here also includes The Oak Ridge Boys on March 16, Three Dog Night on April 6, The Midtown Men on April 13, and Josh Turner on June 15.
Explore all of the upcoming Alabama Theatre events at alabama-theatre.com.
These are just a few of the venues that regularly present live entertainment on the Grand Strand — other opportunities to catch live shows in the Myrtle Beach area abound. When you’re ready to soak up some music, sun and fun on the Carolina coast Grand Strand-style, book your getaway at Ocean Reef Resort on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront. With our wide range of comfortable accommodations and fun on-site amenities, we’ve got everything you’ll need to escape the everyday and make some toe-tappin’ memories during your Myrtle Beach area vacation.