ROAD TRIP:
HOUSE OF BLUES

There’s a pile of shows coming up at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach. The Hootie & The Blowfish Homegrown Concert (see City Pick on p. 30) on Thurs. Aug. 14 is already sold out. Alt-rock veterans Live return for a show with support from Silenced on Fri. Aug. 15. Blue-eyed soul act G. Love & Special Sauce jam with openers Jon Butler and Tristan Pettyman on Wed. Aug. 20. See the schedule at www.hob.com/venues/clubvenues/myrtlebeach. T. Ballard Lesemann


ROAD TRIP:
HILTON HEAD

The Shoreline Ballroom — a newly-established, large-sized live music venue in Hilton Head Island located at the Ocean Center (at the entrance to the Hilton Head Beach and Tennis Resort) — continues its summer concert series with a slew of jammy live music. Bluegrass legends The Del McCoury Band share the stage with No Strings Attached on Fri. Aug. 15. Col. Bruce Hampton (ret.) & The Quark Alliance and Outformation bring their Peach State quirks to the stage on Sat. Aug. 16. Tickets are available at www.etix.com. The venue’s box office can be reached by phone at (843) 842-0358. See www.shorelineballroom.com for more. —TBL


TIFT: from Paris
to the IOP

She’s been in another country, in the recording studio, on the road, launching her own interview show on public radio in Texas. But Tift Merritt’s finally giving Charleston a date: Fri. Aug. 22 at the Windjammer. Merritt’s garnering lots of press for her latest album, Another Country, in reference to the career-reappraising hiatus she took on Paris’ Left Bank. Intended to be a two-week break from the grind of touring, her Paris stay extended itself into a few productive months and gave birth to most of the new songs on Another Country. Earlier this year, Esquire awarded her an “Esky” for Best Female Voice. Esquire’s take on Merritt’s talent manages to sum up how we feel about her, too: “We hear a voice singularly suited for both sunny spring afternoons and dark cold nights. Whether she’s whispering in our ears her love or disappointment, you can’t help but want to try a little harder.” Yeah, that’s about right. Merritt and her band perform at the Windjammer with support from Teddy Thompson. Show time is 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. Visit www.the-windjammer.com and www.tiftmerritt.com for more. —Jon Santiago