I got just enough green this St. Paddy’s Day weekend but didn’t overdo it so I’m not feeling green-around-the-gills this morning.
On official duty as Surge ambassador I took my assistant (my five-year-old daughter) and headed to the 4th annual Irish Fest at Valor Park at the Market Common on Saturday afternoon.
Didn't see her at Irish Fest, but wish I did...
It was quite packed while we were there, which was roughly 2-5 p.m.
I had two brews while my daughter and I roamed the grounds handing out Surge pens, coozies and keychains. I had the familiar locally-brewed New South White Ale and before that I had the unfamiliar Highland Brewing Co. Gaelic Ale – both strong enough to give me a bit of a buzz in the bright and sunny afternoon atmosphere so I made sure I gobbled up some kettle corn and chased it with a bottle of water and most of my daughter’s lemonade that she left behind while enjoying the inflatable jump-y rides/activities set up for the kiddos.
In previous years, I’ve done my official duty at Irish Fest because Surge has been a sponsor of the event, then headed out to catch the headliner at the competing head-to-head Ocean Blvd. shindig later that night – such as last year’s headlining performance by Rusted Root, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
But this year’s headliner, Passafire, wasn’t enough to light a fire in me. I’m not a big fan of reggae-rock; I like reggae and I like rock, but not so much mixed together.
Anyhow, come Sunday and another beautiful afternoon – actually St. Patrick’s Day – I was wishing there was a St. Patrick’s Day festival to go to, but the area’s three biggies – Irish Fest, the parade and festival on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach, and the Downtown Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Ocean Blvd. – were all held on Saturday.
I understand why these events utilized Saturday for their festivities with St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Sunday and from all accounts they all drew tremendous crowds, but it makes me think of a guy I overheard at Nalu’s Beach Bar in Garden City Beach on Friday night who was complaining that St. Paddy’s Day celebrations should be held on, well, you know, St. Paddy’s Day. I agree.
I hate it every year when I start getting the inevitable phone calls asking when trick-or-treating is going to be. My answer is: trick-or-treating is on Halloween. Invest in a calendar.
Are we going to start moving Christmas around if we don’t like the day it falls on – if it’s not convenient? Can we move New Year’s Eve, too, while we’re at it? Can I arbitrarily decide when my birthday is?
And speaking of days of the week, when Thursday rolls around and the new edition of Surge hits the streets, we’ve got an in-depth look at college spring breakers spending their vacations by doing more than keg-stands and wet T-shirt contests; there’s also new editions of our Ridin’ with Big E, Beerman, Music Notes and Gut Reaction columns, and all the rest of our usual bells and whistles.
And if you’re anxious and can’t wait until Thursday, check our Website – www.weeklysurge.com – for continual updates, such as Big E’s column which has already been posted this morning, along with a new batch of News of the Weird.
And make sure you check our Party Pix this week as we had our shutterbugs out snapping at the Irish Fest and Ocean Blvd. event.
I’m going to wrap this up quickly because there are a couple of notable rock ‘n’ roll shows to let you know about that are on the docket tonight and Tuesday – and well worth your while if you just want to keep that St. Paddy’s Day weekend rolling (since it doesn’t really matter what day you actually celebrate it on).
King of Prussia, a self-described psychedelic indie folk pop band with ties to the Grand Strand brings its 21-date tour in support of new double disc “Zonian Girls & Summer Spooks” tonight at Rockin’ Hard Saloon.
If you want to sample what this quintet is all about, here’s an MP3 link to the original track “Actuary”: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=79fcfbebfa&view=audio&msgs=13d38ea61e6ff6ad&attid=0.2&zw
The show starts at 10 tonight - couldn't find any info on whether or not there is a cover charge, but I'll update with that info when I get it.
Underground legendary Chapel Hill, N.C. Brit-pop-influenced, shoe-gazers The Veldt, unusual for its predominantly black membership including twin brothers – has been bitten by the reunion bug and will play a gig Tuesday night at Island Bar and Grill near Surfside Beach.
Afropunk.com described The Veldt’s sound as “a three way tug of war between Prince, Echo and the Bunnymen and Jimi Hendrix.”
To judge for yourself, go to: http://www.reverbnation.com/theveldtrocks.
Also on the bill is local guitarist/studio whiz Brian McKenzie’s experimental electronic project Electric Bird Noise, and Brooklyn-based electronic-indie-rock outfit Silas Fermoy.
Show time is 10 p.m. Saturday.
There is no cover charge.
Island Bar and Grill is at 2272 Glenns Bay Road, Surfside Beach. Call 650-3157 or visit www.islandbarandgrill.com.