Douglas Backer

  • commented on Indie Market on Laurel 2020-02-07 10:46:32 -0500
    Please advise if music performance (solo artist) is allowed in a BAY at the Indie Market event. Thanks! Note that I have a group called Myrtle Beach Buskers that we would like to promote.

    Indie Market on Laurel

    In the Historic Riverfront District of Conway

    This event has been postponed. We will keep you informed as we work through the process of securing a new date. Thank you for your patience.

    CREATE Conway presents the Indie Market on Laurel with live music plus local goodness for sale. Spend the day and enjoy the river. Meet your local creative community and purchase from a wide variety of handmade, homegrown and local art & fine craft for sale and food trucks. On stage, local musicians and songwriters perform. 

    Email inquiries to [email protected] or call Barbara at 843-450-9232.

    Artist Partners Join Here

    CREATE Artist Partners receive a free booth at the Indie Market on Laurel and the Live Oak Art + Music Fest.

    Conway is located on the Waccamaw River and the location for Indie Market is at the entrance to the Riverwalk from the roundabout fountain on Laurel Street to Second Ave. Artisan Demos, Pine Needle Basket Weaving, Jewelry Making and Painting will also be featured throughout the day.

    Conway bubbles up with creativity at the Indie Market with a variety of goods for sale from over 50 local artists and artisans. You'll find handmade soaps and candles, precious glass and pottery, handcrafted pine needle baskets, colorful fibers, beautiful jewelry, delicious cuisine, local honey products, fresh-baked bread, handblown glass, vintage glass sculptures, stained glass and so much more.

    The Indie Market on Laurel reflects the area's best talent and handmade goodness.

    The Indie Market is funded in part by a generous award from the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina and the SC Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment of the Arts. CREATE Conway, Inc. thanks Horry County Government and the City of Conway for their continued support of the arts. A BIG thank you to the Indie Market sponsors, members, and volunteers for their support.




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  • commented on Muse on the Waccamaw 2018-02-16 06:41:12 -0500
    Are you doing the songwriter contest again in 2018? I just moved to MB and would be happy to get involved. I have produced several small blues festivals in the past.

    Muse on the Waccamaw Songwriting Contest


    The finals of the Muse on the Waccamaw Songwriting Contest have been postponed. We will keep you informed as we work through the process of securing a new date. Thank you for your patience.

    Create! Conway would like to congratulate Colton Brant, Lara Maraqa, and Lana Guy - the winners of the first three preliminary rounds of the Muse on the Waccamaw Songwriting Contest.

    We are pleased to continue the 2020 Contest into the final preliminary rounds. Sponsored by Southern Harmony Recording Studio, Conway Glass, Studio Kook, Shine Café, Good Day Café, Borgata Surfside and more, the contest showcases the best local and regional songwriting talent. Songwriters will be judged on criteria including lyrical and musical content.

    Songwriters may be asked to perform up to three original songs.

    The Muse on the Waccamaw will consist of performances in four preliminary rounds and a final round. The four preliminary rounds started in January and will run through mid-March. The finals will be on April 18th at the 104 Laurel event space in Conway.

    The dates, times and locations of the preliminary rounds plus the finals are as follows:

    Round 1: Winner - Colton Brant
    Saturday, January 18
    3:00 pm sign-up, 3:30 music.
    Shine Café
    707 Main Street, Conway, South Carolina 29526

    Round 2: Winner - Lara Maraqa
    Saturday, February 15
    3:00 pm sign-up, 3:30 music.
    Good Day Café
    819 Main Street, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577

    Round 3: Winner - Lana Guy
    Sunday, March 1
    3:00-3:15 pm sign-up. 3:30 music.
    Borgata Bar
    813 Surfside Drive, Surfside Beach, South Carolina 29575

    The finals of the Muse on the Waccamaw Songwriting Contest have been postponed. We will keep you informed as we work through the process of securing a new date. Thank you for your patience.

    ***If you are a songwriter who wishes to perform, please bring a copy of your lyrics for the judges.

    Songwriters and industry professionals will judge each round, with the winning songwriter from each round, plus four wildcard entrants, earning a spot in the finals. It will be $5 for a songwriter to enter a preliminary round. There is no cover for anyone wanting to come and watch some of the best songwriters in the area share their talents, but it is strongly recommended that you purchase some food or drink from our hosting establishment.

    The finals will be a single-elimination competition with the winner receiving a hand-blown glass trophy from Conway Glass, a recording package from Southern Harmony Recording Studio, a house concert at Studio Kook and a featured slot for the Live Oaks Art & Music Festival in October. Other contestants will receive an array of prizes from local and regional merchants.

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    For more information contact Brian Roessler at [email protected]

    CREATE! Conway is a non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to build an artistically vibrant community by supporting regional artists and promoting public participation in the arts.

    Our programs are supported in part by S.C. Arts Commission, Horry County Government, the City of Conway, memberships, and donations. For more information about our programs visit


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