Mayfest event is on Saturday
North Myrtle Beach will signal its own bow to summer with the 11th Annual Mayfest on Main on Saturday, May 7, a free festival, always held on Main Street on the Saturday before Mother’s Day.|
In a partnership between the city of North Myrtle Beach and Water Dog Promotions, it is the city’s largest festival, filling hotels and condos along Ocean Boulevard and throughout the area. In 2009, Mayor Marilyn Hatley said, “The festival was started to bring people to North Myrtle Beach to show who we are and what we have. Business owners had said that May was slow so Mayfest was created. It is one of the most successful events we have in the city.” Water Dog Promotions and the city of North Myrtle Beach’s Parks and Recreation Department organize and produce the annual event.
Event producer and promoter, Mikey Hough of Water Dog Promotions, expects the crowd to rival the 20,000 that attended in 2014. Mayfest 2015 was targeted by Tropical Storm Ana and had to be relocated at the North Myrtle Beach High School auditorium to a standing room only crowd.
Mayfest has grown from just another weekend in 2006 to a major music and entertainment event which produces nationally recognized artists. Hough said she would like to thank the sponsors for the support they have given to make Mayfest such a successful event and to know that it would not be possible without their investment in the festival.
From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., vendors will be lining the streets with upscale arts and crafts and food vendors will be serving their famous recipes. A children’s area will be located next to the community stage. Parking and shuttle information can be found at http://parks.nmb.us. Bring a beach or lawn chair to enjoy the event.
North Myrtle Beach Parks and Recreation will be hosting the community stage starting at 10 a.m. and entertaining until 4 p.m. At 10 a.m., on-air personality Joey D from Sunny 103.1 will be introducing Midnight Allie to her many fans and fans-to-be. At 12:30 p.m., Ted Bell from 94.9 The Surf will bring on Sunburst Radio to the stage. At 2:30 p.m., Stevie B from 94.9 The Surf will introduce Miracle Max and The Pet Monsters who will play until 4 p.m.
After opening ceremonies on the main stage at 12 p.m., Jamie Arnold, meteorologist for WMBF, and Cooter Douglas from the Comedy Cabana will open the event with Mother’s Finest, a pioneering American funk rock band founded in Atlanta, Georgia. Their music is a blend of funky rhythms, heavy rock guitars and expressive soul/rhythm and blues-style vocals. They have been opening acts for Ted Nugent, Black Sabbath, The Who, Aerosmith and AC/DC. In 2011, Mother’s Finest was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
At 2 p.m., Dr. W will take the stage and features Ross Childress, co-founding member and original lead guitarist and co-song writer of Collective Soul who won the 1994 Billboard Music Award for “Shine.” The group charted an astounding seven number one radio hits as well as 19 Top 40 songs from 1994 to 2001. Childress co-wrote and played lead guitar for “The World I Know,” which charted at No. 1 on U.S. Billboard and No. 1 in Canada Top Singles in 1995. Childress is known for his metallic guitar sounds and heavy riffs, incorporating elements of metal and blues in his playing. Collective Soul entered the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2009. Dr. W consists of Childress, Dion Derek Murdock, drummer for Mother’s Finest, and Will Tillman on bass.
At 4 p.m. the festival welcomes Mickey Thomas’ Starship. Thomas joined Jefferson Starship in 1979. Mickey’s voice had become legendary after recording “Fooled Around and Fell In Love” with the Elvin Bishop Band. In 1985 Starship released two No. 1 hits - “We Built This City” and “Sara” and went platinum. Starship followed up their initial success with another No.1 single, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” featured in the soundtrack for “Rock of Ages,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Skeleton Twins” and, most recently, on the TV Series “Glee.”
A raffle, with tickets being sold for $1 each, will be held during the main stage event and at each stage change-over. Sandhills Bank, one of the presenting sponsors of Mayfest, along with its employees, will be going through the audience to sell chances to win great prizes. The prizes will be a signed guitar for two different winners, one from Mother’s Finest and Dr. W and a signed guitar from Mickey Thomas’ Starship. Each will have a Certificate of Authenticity. Additional prizes will be a two-night, one bedroom oceanfront condo at the beautiful Avista Resort and a two-night, one bedroom stay at the grand Prince Resort located next to the Cherry Grove Pier. (Some restrictions apply to the resort packages) Other prizes will include a certificate for a full-body massage and spa and other great gifts.
All proceeds from the raffle will go to the Department of Public Safety who manages the Shop With A Cop/Kids Without a Christmas program.