Tune in to the Top 5 Live Music Venues in Myrtle Beach

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There's more to hear in Myrtle Beach than crashing waves of the ocean and cries of “Fore!” from the golf courses. Although those sounds may be music to your ears, there's also plenty of actual music being made on the Grand Strand …  if you know where to go. Here are five great places for live music in Myrtle Beach:

* House of Blues: Although it doubles as a restaurant, music is the main dish at this national chain. Located at Barefoot Landing, the HOB features two live-music venues – the larger concert hall which hosts national touring acts, and the Gator Bar, where local and regional talents are on display nightly. Oh yeah, the food isn't bad either. For up-to-date concert schedule and ticket information, visit www.hob.com/myrtlebeach.

* Carolina Opry: Located on the northern end of the Myrtle Beach city limits, Carolina Opry delivers off-Broadway entertainment with its current show, “Good Vibrations.” Go on a musical journey back in time to the tunes of the 1960s, '70s and '80s. Music-lovers of all ages will be dancing in the aisles to the tunes of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson and more. For show schedule and ticket information, visit www.carolinaopry.com.

* Alabama Theater: Named after the country music super-group that got its start in Myrtle Beach, this Barefoot Landing theater offers the award-winning musical “One,” as well as touring concerts and comedy routines from some of the biggest names in the music business. For current show times and ticket information, visit www.alabamatheatre.com.

* Palace Theatre: This beautiful building beside Broadway at the Beach looks like a classic big-city theater. The Palace Theatre's current show, “Rock Around the Clock,” takes guests on a trip back to the early days of rock 'n roll. The classic 1920s-style décor of the lobby is worth a trip to the concession stand. For an updated show schedule and ticket information, visit www.palacetheatre.com.

* The Boathouse: OK, so this restaurant/bar is far from the glamorous theaters in town. But for a relaxing day on the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway, this hot spot delivers big name bands in the great outdoors. Free Sunday shows during the summer are popular among the locals. For a full musical lineup, visit www.boathousemb.com.

(posted 5/21/14)