The sights and sounds of spring on the Grand Strand go beyond the colorful flowers blooming and the shorebirds singing. The season also sees the appearance of several big-time musical acts and the sounds of live concerts blasting throughout the Myrtle Beach area. Guests at the Caribbean Resort & Villas can catch some great shows to go with their beach retreat.
This year's spring concert season promises to be one of the best ever on the Grand Strand, beginning with a one-night show featuring national singing sensations The Texas Tenors. You may remember the trio from their national debut on NBC's hit TV show “America's Got Talent,” and they continue to wow audiences with their unique blend of country, pop and the classics, including the release of several chart-topping albums and a starring role in an Emmy Award-winning PBS special.
Performing Saturday, April 8, at the historic Alabama Theatre at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, the trio of John Hagen, Marcus Collins and JC Fisher deliver a tight vocal performance with spine-chilling harmonies, all presented with a touch of humor and charm. The Texas Tenors cover everyone from opera legend Puccini to iconic country music group Alabama, the namesake of the theater. The Broadway-style production has been a big hit on the current tour, and tickets are going fast.
But if you are not in town to see The Texas Tenors, you’ll still have plenty of opportunities to catch some great concerts during your Myrtle Beach vacation this spring. From national touring acts to local music festivals, the Grand Strand will be rocking throughout the month of April and beyond. Here are a few highlights from the local spring concert calendar:
* April 8, Cole Swindell: Performing on the same night as The Texas Tenors, this country music star will play right across the parking lot at the House of Blues at Barefoot Landing.
* April 21-30, SOS Spring Safari: Slip on your dancing shoes and get ready for some shag dancing in North Myrtle Beach, the home of the Carolina shag. The state dance will be alive and kicking in the Horseshoe district and the historic bars on Ocean Drive with live beach music and lots of dancing. The main attraction — the annual parade — hits the streets on Saturday, April 29.
* April 27-30 Elvis Festival: For four nights only, catch this remarkable tribute to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll at the Legends in Concert Theatre at Broadway at the Beach.
* April 28, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic: Get ready to get funky at the House of Blues for a night with the godfather of funk and his freaky back-up band.
* April 29, 10th Annual Earth Day Music Fest: Held at Myrtle Beach Speedway on Highway 501, this all-day festival features four regional bands — Sideways Derby, The Velcros, Paleo Sun and Oceans Orange — as well as a 5K and a health and environment expo.
* April 30, Rick Alviti: This internationally known Elvis Presley tribute artists brings his act and his entire show band to the Alabama Theatre for a look at the life and career of The King.
* May 2, Snoop Dogg: You don’t want to miss this show at the House of Blues, fo-shizzle. The popular rapper makes a stop during his Wellness Retreat Tour to share the groove with the Grand Strand.
* May 6, Loretta Lynn: The “Coal Miner's Daughter” comes to the Grand Strand to share songs from a successful career that has spanned nearly 60 years.