(BPT) - Does your idea of the perfect vacation include an amazing soundtrack? The Myrtle Beach area has an endless catalog of world-class musical talent to draw from, and Visit Myrtle Beach invites all genres of music lovers to discover this summer's jukebox at The Beach. From major touring acts and classical concerts to talented local performances and heartfelt tributes, the Myrtle Beach area offers 60 miles of melodies to create the perfect playlist for your summer vacation.
Along the Grand Strand, you can enjoy al fresco concerts under blue skies, head to iconic historic venues for show-stopping performances - or simply tap your toes to waterfront renditions as the sun sets on another perfect beach day.
Here is just a sampling of the musical memories you can look forward to making this summer at The Beach.
Enjoy major touring acts
Beyond this year's sold-out Carolina Country Music Fest, you'll be able to find plenty of opportunities to enjoy major touring acts at numerous venues and stages all summer long. Check out the lineups at iconic venues such as The Carolina Opry, Alabama Theatre and House of Blues to book your tickets for some of the nation's biggest performers.
Revel in the classics
Or you can plan your trip to take in the internationally renowned talent of Varna International Orchestra at Muzika! - The 22nd annual Varna International Music Academy in South Carolina (June 14-July 16) under the batons of Metropolitan Opera conductor Maestro Gregory Buchalter and Long Bay Symphony conductor Charles Evans.
Keep it local
You'll be thrilled to hear local legends and musical up-and-comers as you soak in the good times at numerous bars and restaurants in and around Myrtle Beach. You can enjoy waterfront serenades in Murrells Inlet or head to Tin Roof, The Bowery - where country supergroup Alabama once served as the house band - and Local on the Water to enjoy home-grown talent and an evening of exciting entertainment.
Ready for your 15 minutes of fame? Join the Myrtle Beach music scene by prepping those pipes and grabbing the mic with Julio Navarro as he tours (and sings) at the area's best bars and restaurants on the YouTube series, Myrtle Beach Karaoke.
Sing along to heartfelt tributes
Myrtle Beach boasts some of the most talented tribute and cover bands in the world. You can take a trip down memory lane at The Beach's multitude of nightlife venues to find just the right beat to get you moving and grooving - or enjoy an array of nostalgic chartbusters at ICONIC, the cutting-edge, brand-new on-stage and in-air show with visual elements and a state-of-the-art video wall unlike anything the Grand Strand has ever seen.
Steep yourself in musical culture
Celebrate the unique sounds, history, resilience, self-sufficiency and tenacity of the local Gullah Geechee culture at The Atlantic Beach Gullah Geechee Festival (June 23-25), featuring a full lineup of music, dance performances, arts and crafts, plus storytellers.
Or you can learn how to Shag at numerous dances across the region, including the Junior Society of Stranders' annual event in North Myrtle Beach (July 11-16). This fun social dance is set to the "Beach Music" regional genre of rock/R&B/pop music developed in the 1950s and 1960s.
Whatever kind of music gets your toes tapping, the Grand Strand has your summer soundtrack covered. For a full listing of concerts and fun live music events at Myrtle Beach, check out VisitMyrtleBeach.com/things-to-do/live-music. Ready for a musical warm-up before your trip? Take a listen to the Myrtle Beach Beats YouTube Channel.