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Myrtle Beach Live Music: 30 Bands You Should Know

  By  Paul Richards
Live Music Captain Archie's

When you come to The Beach it's no secret there is live music playing all day and night.

A quick look around, and you'll find hundreds of music venues featuring great acts performing a wide variety of music — country, rock, reggae, pop, Beach Music, classic rock, R&B, 80s, dance and more.

From small beachfront dive bars to large-scale restaurants and even expansive music halls, there's a wide variety of musical experiences across our 60 miles of beaches.

With so much music to choose from, the question isn't where to find live music, but rather which of our hundreds of talented bands should you go see tonight?

Here are some of the best bands we’ve found regularly working along the Grand Strand, in alphabetical order.

For more information, you can check the artists websites, hop over to our calendar page or check out all the best live music in town at

100 Grand Band
1. The 100 Grand Band
R&B / Funk

A five-piece R&B and funk outfit, this band of young players covers mostly danceable pop and R&B from the 1970s, but throws in more modern funk as well. Full of smiles, youthful energy, and great set list full of dance music from classic line-dance tunes such as “The Electric Slide,” to newer slow dance classics such as “Tennessee Whiskey,” adding their own magic with Gospel-tinged harmonies and two keyboard players, guitar and drums.

Bullfrog Band
2. Bullfrog

Though this talented four-piece ensemble plays mostly recognizable hits, they uniquely avoid certain overplayed songs that many bands seem to feel obligated to perform. Bullfrog tends to dig deep into the rock roster to play hits along with deep album cuts from bands and artists such as Pink Floyd, Bill Withers, Bob Marley, Nirvana, Grateful Dead, and Peter Gabriel (among many others), adding their own twist, as well as a handful of originals, too.

Chocolate Chip & Company
3. CC & Company
Funk / Rock / Variety

Known for its funky, highly danceable sound, Chocolate Chip & Company is one of the busiest bands in the region, combining talented musicianship with multiple background vocalists, multiple lead singers, three ladies, four men and bandleader Chip Howard on the electronic stand-up Zendrum. You wanna get down? This is your band.

City Lights Band
4. City Lights
Party / Decades 

This five-piece band features multiple lead vocalists, a female vocalist and four talented men who perform the hits of the 80s, 90s and double-aughts. Hits from Fun (“We are Young”), Journey, Bryan Adams, DNCE (“Cake by the Ocean”), and many others are often a part of this party band’s set list.

Craig Sorrells Project
5. Craig Sorrells Project
Jazz / Soul / R&B

Lead by trumpeter, soulful co-lead vocalist and bandleader Craig Sorrells, this R&B, soul, funk Jazz band shakes up stages all along the Grand Strand with deft musicianship, engaging, jam tunes, soaring vocal harmonies, and makes space so individual members of the “project” get their turn to shine as individuals on the stage. Bandmate (and Sorrells’ wife, Chas of the Carolina Opry), rips up lead vocal duties on songs such as “Lola” by the Kinks, and countless others. Here New Orleans meets the Lowcountry in one of the most original groups performing today.

Dawn & The Southside Band
6. Dawn & The Southside Band
Classic Rock / Pop

Dawn Crans, the dynamic lead vocalist of Dawn and the Southside Band, is a veteran performer along the Grand Strand that many longtime visitors will know from her many years performing at Ocean Annie’s. Performing danceable pop and rock tunes from oldies to current radio hits, you might here Etta James, followed by Bruno Mars and Journey. Always entertaining and engaging.

Gary Lowder & Smokin' Hot
7. Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot
Beach / R&B

A Carolina Beach Music Association Group of the Year award winner, Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot are far more than just a Beach Music band. The act combines Lowder’s smooth vocals with a stellar horn section, tight rhythm section and a wide variety of tunes, performing at festivals and fairgrounds, and at the area’s hottest clubs including Local on the Water, Duck’s Night Life, Captain Archie’s and many others.

The Goofy Footers Live Music Band
8. The Goofy Footers
Surf Rock

This awesomely positive collective of 10+ musicians bills themselves as "The world's only bilingual surfing jam band". Playing vibe-a-delic sets of original surf rock tunes, these folks put on a unique show that channels true beach energy unlike anything else you'll see here. Catch them playing around town at spots like Pawleys Island Tavern, the Myrtle Beach Train Depot or various special events.

Grocery Store Gentlemen
9. Grocery Store Gentlemen
Rock / Variety

Known as “the Gents,” to their fan base, this four-piece band covers an amazing variety of music played by seasoned instrumentalists and lead by the laid back, often-barefooted lead vocalist Nick Andolora. From classic rock by CCR, Neil Young, Pink Floyd, Joe Walsh and The Doors to modern rock and pop and even a few tasty originals.

local's fav
If Birds Could Fly
10. If Birds Could Fly
Country / Americana

Americana and “soul-driven” country music lead by lead vocalist Brittany Carter on originals and covers that are bluesy, rootsy, sometimes bluegrassy, old-timey and always creative and played with skill. If Birds Could Fly Is the kind of band that should be on world tour, and one day just might be, but for now is entertaining a legion of local fans here in the area.

Jebb Mac Band
11. Jebb Mac Band
Pop / Country

Sometimes a six or seven-piece ensemble, this group of very talented players performs radio-ready, original, modern country, danceable pop hits, that are southern and South Carolinian to the core. Packed houses and a large local fan base sing along to two original albums’ worth of tunes, and fill dance floors when the band performs Bruno Mars, Eminem, Zac Brown Band and others. Seeking a national audience, catch this band at a local watering hold while you still can.

Jim Quick & Coastline
12. Jim Quick & Coastline
Beach / Country / Pop

Award winning songwriter and vocalist Jim Quick leads his talented band with southern charm entertaining audiences with humor and a warm smile. After three decades in the Carolinas, Quick’s fans, known as “Coastline Crazies,” know his many original tunes, which stretch from traditional country to modern pop and Beach Music. Playing mostly at festivals, fairs and private events it is possible to catch Quick at a few Grand Strand honky-tonks as well.

Josh Brannon Band
13. Josh Brannon Band
Country / Southern Rock

Originally from Spartanburg, SC (the home of the Marshal Tucker Band) Brannon’s roots are in southern rock and country, though he’s called the Grand Strand home since his college days. Touring the southeast in a refurbished tour bus, the five-piece act performs original country and popular country and dance covers.

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Julio & The Saltines
14. Julio & The Saltines
Rock / Party / Variety

Lead by Julio Navaro, this five-piece act is a party band like few others, with a diverse playlist, new & old, and fantastic musicianship, the Saltines are crowd pleasers whenever they perform, and for audiences of all ages. From college tailgate parties to the area’s largest music halls and restaurants, the Saltines playlist is a hit-driven wonder to behold. Journey, Morgan Wallen, Led Zeppelin, Bon Jovi, Sublime and more.

Marsha Morgan
15. Marsha Morgan Band
Classic Rock / Beach

From Beach Music to party-ready dance songs, classic rock from Fleetwood Mack, Sheryl Crow and more, the MMB performs recognizable, crowd-pleasing booty-shakin’ hits. This long-running classic, iconic cover band aims to please all audiences, and succeeds. Morgan is a disarming and charming frontwoman with a ready smile and an arsenal of tunes backed by a tight, ready-to-party band.

Matt Parker & The Deacons
16. Matt Parker & The Deacons

That three guys could pull off the sound and energy of a much larger band is a testament to the craftsmanship displayed in this band lead by shredding guitar whizz kid Matt Parker. Funky, jazzy, rock-oriented and experienced, Parker has played on the beach for close to two decades. Originals and recognizable covers including crowd favorites. Catch their version of Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher” if you have an opportunity.

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Miracle Max & The Pet Monsters
17. Miracle Max & the Pet Monsters
1980s Tribute

Unashamedly a tribute band to the glory of the 1980s (including its Princess Bride namesake), and the 80s then revolutionary attack on popular music, MM&PMs quickly became thee party and dance band of the Grand Strand when they first arrived on the scene. Donning the outrageous garb and attitude of the 80s, and of course playing the classics; “Don’t You Forget About Me,” “867-5309,” “Break up Song,” “Rock the Casbah,” and countless others, this fun band will put you in a time warp of big hair and big songs.

The Mullets
18. The Mullets
Classic Rock

Any live music fan who’s been on the Grand Strand as a resident or visitor for the past 40 years, knows The Mullets. This is the longest continually performing act in the region and for good reason. Strong musicianship and a dedication to the classics have kept The Mullets actively performing. Though their schedule has slowed from its halcyon days to just two-to-three shows per month, the band still draws a crowd of loyal fans and newcomers who appreciate the skill and sound that comes from a partnership spanning nearly four decades.

19. NTranze
Variety / R&B

For than two decades NTranze has been entertaining crowds all along the Grand Strand with R&B, Beach Music, Motown and the danceable hits of the 70s – today. Line Dance favorites fill the dance floor at weddings, festivals, private corporate events and area nightclubs.

20. Painted Man
Funk / Rock / R&B

Guitar whiz Vince Peeples has led Painted Man through various iterations over some two decades, always bringing the party to stages wherever they perform. Urban funk, classic rock, modern dance, old school R&B and soul all the hallmarks of this talented group of five men. Playing at clubs around the Carolinas there’s almost always a local show at least once a week.

local's fav
21. Paperwork
Jazz Rock / Funk Fusion

Among the most talented younger musicians working in the area, the founders of this band have been performing together since they were in high school. Add in some new-to-town Coastal Carolina University music majors, and you have the makings of a really great band. Playing hit cover tunes from the 60s through today, plenty of Yacht Rock, along with creative and funky originals, Paperwork is a pleasure to watch and listen to.

Southside Saints
22. Southside Saints
Classic Rock

Three people, massive rock sound and deft musicianship are helping make the Southside Saints a newer band worth following. Nothing namby-pamby about this in-your-face trio. Steve Senes, lead guitarist, won Guitar Player Magazine’s Guitar Superstar in 2009 and hasn’t stopped rocking. Hear rock hits from Yes, Asia, The Doors, Guns and Roses, Van Halen (including the best cover of the Knack’s “My Sharona” you’ll ever hear) along with plenty of funk, R&B and few originals thrown in for good measure.

Suavocado Band Live Music
23. Suavocado
Jam / Variety

This self-proclaimed "jam cover band" in comprised of five talented locals who specialize in bringing the fun to each performance with energetic shows that the run the full gamut of styles. You'll find them deftly playing everything from 70s Classic Rock (Fleetwood Mac) and 80s Pop (Eurythmics) to 90s R&B (Destiny's Child), 2000s Rock (White Stripes) and even 2010s Hip-Hop (Macklemore). If you like true variety, catch these guys — you never know what you'll get.

Sunburst Radio
24. Sunburst Radio
Adult-Oriented Rock

Since 2014 Sunburst Radio, led by guitarist/producer/audio engineer Ed Dennis, has been performing your favorite FM radio AOR  hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s, and surprising fans with its diverse set list. Most often a four-piece ensemble, including co-lead vocalist and acoustic guitarist Joan Burton, the band performs Steely Dan, Heart, Chris Isaak, the Moody Blues and many more.

local's fav
Paul Grimshaw Band
25. The Paul Grimshaw Band
Variety / Party / Rock

This genre-defying band has performed along the Grand Strand for some 20 years, playing requests as its hallmark. From danceable pop hits, to folk-rock icons, rock, reggae, country, southern rock, R&B and more, the PGB has some 900 songs in its arsenal from George Gershwin to Incubus and no two shows are ever the same. The core four-piece band employs special guests and is often a five or six-piece band, even doing staged tribute shows honoring Neil Young, Van Morrison, The Beatles, James Taylor, Bob Dylan and more.

Thomas Road
26. Thomas Road

Established in 2019, Seth Thomas leads his popular country music band in area nightclubs bringing crowds of country music lovers to hear great renditions of classic and modern country hits to the stage. Performing somewhere locally nearly every weekend, Thomas Road never fails to deliver an authentic country show with a little rock ‘n’ roll and a few originals thrown in for good measure.

Tim Clark Band
27. Tim Clark Band
Beach / R&B / Rock

Delivering dance, shag, rock and party music to the Grand Strand since the 1980s, the award-winning Tim Clark leads his six-piece band in front appreciative crowds who come to hear his covers and Beach Music #1 originals. Popular throughout the Southeast at festivals and fairs, the TCB also plays locally two-four times per month. Originally in the Charlotte-based act “Sugarcreek,” Clark is the consummate front man engaging with the audience and performing Kid Rock, KC & the Sunshine Band, Van Morrison, Chairman of the Board, Gnarls Barkley and much more.

Tourneforte Band Live Music
28. Tourneforte
Indie / Emo

One of Myrtle Beach's most unique original acts is Tourneforte, a three-piece group that expands to include more talented members of the area's music scene at times. It's part emo-rock, part indie-acoustic and all heart with songs that deal with love, loss, friends and family in a suprisingly sincere and heartfelt way. Catch these guys playing locally at spots like Fresh Brewed Coffeehouse or the Brickhouse Lounge in Surfside Beach.

local's fav
29. Treehouse!

Bringing a taste of the blue-eyed Caribbean to the Grand Strand, and through tours of the U.S., the Virgin Islands, and elsewhere, this award-winning Myrtle Beach-based reggae act is full of multi-instrumentalists and the immensely likeable bandleader, lead vocalist, trumpeter and guitarist Jeremy Anderson. New York Music Daily says, “They played as if they were headlining Coachella.” Check them out for yourself at an infrequent area show.

local's fav
Tru Sol Band
30. Tru Sol Band
Party / Variety / R&B

The premier dance and party band on the beach for nearly 20 years, Tru Sol is in such high demand, the band travels and plays private events making catching local shows a bit more difficult, but well worth the effort. Regularly winning Best of the Beach awards, the seven-piece act combines talented men and women bringing Motown, disco, R&B and current dance hits to life like no other band in the area.