Revolutions: Still Rockin’ After 18 Years

Revolutions, a Myrtle Beach icon and a club synonymous with Broadway at the Beach, is celebrating its 18th birthday, Thursday June 12.

“We’re still rockin’ after 18 years,” said Revolutions owner, Craig Smith.  “We opened our doors in 1996 and the rest is history. I never thought that 18 years later we would still be here and still having fun!”

Revolutions, which according to Smith has not only survived but thrived, has seen its share of top acts throughout the years including the Gap Band, The Tramps, Gloria Gainer, the Village People, and the Bay City Rollers.  “We even had Denny Terrio, choreographer for John Travolta in the 80’s hit, ‘Saturday Night Fever’, show us a few moves on the dance floor. While these are names that the new generation of club goers may be slightly less familiar with, they are names that their parents are sure to remember,” said Smith.

Revolutions, which hosts some of the Grand Strand’s largest and most successful events including ‘Terror in the Square’, ‘Broadway at the Beach’s Summer Concert Series’, and an annual ‘New Year’s Eve Extravaganza’, has seen its share of changes.

“Change is inevitable, said Smith, especially in a business like this. Over the course of nearly two decades, Revolutions has modified its format from strictly 70’s & 80’s music to include today’s top hits. We’ve expanded our genre to include something for nearly everyone,” he said.

“The club has also been totally renovated to include a state-of -the-art light and sound system, a new dance floor, and an upstairs martini bar, ZBar. At the request of club goers and in the interest of health, nearly two years ago the club went ‘smoke free,’ a move that has been well received. It’s hard to remember all of the changes that have taken place, but these are a few of the major ones,” he said with a smile.

We asked Smith what has made Revolutions so successful. “I believe our success is being true to who you are--knowing your business from the inside out and understanding your customer.  While we have made modifications to accommodate a changing audience, we have also closely upheld those principles that set us apart from the competition. Revolutions has always been a club targeted for those 21 and up and we have always upheld a strict dress code. Those two things alone have made us a club that everyone enjoys.”

Working alongside Smith for 16 of those 18 years is Lynne Black, accountant and general assistant. “I couldn’t have done it without her,” Smith said. “Lynne ‘keeps it on the road’ and she keeps me straight.”

The public is invited to join Craig Smith, Lynne Black and the staff of Revolutions as they celebrate 18 years in the making-this Thursday, June 12 from 8:00 pm - 11 pm.

Entertainment will be provide by NTRANZE, admission is 21 and up and the dress code is strictly enforced.  

Revolutions is located in Celebrity Square at Broadway at the Beach. Sister club, Crocodile Rocks, sits directly across the Square and is the area's only dueling piano bar. 

For more information call 843-444-8032 or visit Revolutions and Crocodile Rocks on the web at