Charleston’s Live Music Culture

Charleston's Live Music

Charleston’s Live Music Culture

Charleston’s live music scene is one of the most vibrant in the country, with a variety of venues and styles to choose from. For those looking for a more traditional experience, Charleston Music Hall is the perfect place to see some of the best performers on tour. A little more off-the-beaten-path? Head over to The Pour House for some blues or jazz.

The Low country’s Musical History

Charleston’s Live Music Culture Charleston’s Music Scene The Low country has a rich musical history, with roots in blues, jazz, gospel, soul, and folk. It is also the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. The region was heavily influenced by African American culture and music from the 1920s until the 1960s. Jazz giants Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong toured here extensively during that time period as well as other jazz greats such as Benny Goodman and Count Basie. Even today, Charleston still hosts many live performances that showcase this rich heritage. Charleston Alive is one of the best resources for finding out about what’s happening in live music. They list over 100 events every week! Find out about concerts.

Charleston’s Live Music Venues

Charleston is alive with music, all year round. From the Bluegrass Festival to the Jazz Festival, the city boasts a diverse range of live music events. The music scene in Charleston has something for everyone; there are intimate coffee house performances and big-band concerts at the Gaillard Auditorium. The venues below offer some of the best live music:

Charleston’s Music Farm

Charleston’s Music Farm is a live music venue and restaurant where you’ll find the best live shows in town. Located at 813 Savannah Hwy. Charleston, SC 29407, this site has everything you need to know about what they have going on at their location. Check out their calendar of events for a list of upcoming concerts and a map of how to get there from your starting point. Read more…
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Pour House

The Pour House enters our list of the 10 Best Live Music Venues because of its local charm, focus on local bands, and free open-air deck events! The Pour House frequently offers free shows a few times every week! Basically, look at their site or potentially online media records to discover when they’re facilitating the following gift out on the deck! Read more…

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Charleston Music Hall

Charleston Music Hall made our list of the Best Live Music Venues because of its intimate location and great views from any seat in the house. The Charleston Music Hall is flanked on both sides by prominent high-end eateries. Before witnessing a CMH event, make a reservation at Rue De Jean or Coast! Read more…

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Charleston Jazz House

The Charleston Jazz House does not just hold its own little gathering jazz exhibitions at its own scene, yet in addition, sorts out other nearby jazz occasions and shows. Tickets to Charleston Jazz House events should be purchased in advance, as these intimate concerts only hold about a dozen or two guests at a time. Read more…

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Prohibition not just offers delightfully ready and plated Southern dishes, yet additionally has live music 6 nights every week, with a wide variety of acts. A well-crafted cocktail complements your live entertainment perfectly! Read more…


The Royal American

The Royal American is a restaurant, bar, and live music venue all in one laid-back environment, and worth a visit for a cheap local show. The Royal American also serves some delicious dive bar fare!  Read more…

The WindJammer

The WindJammer, with its nightly live music and events, is your beachfront party bar whenever you’re in proximity of IOP and Sullivan’s Island. Read more…

The Charleston Grill

The Charleston Grill epitomizes the classic charm and high style decorum of the Charleston fine dining and jazz scenes.  Try Chef Michelle Weaver’s 6-course tasting menu (starting at $60) for a true taste of excellence in Charleston cooking and service. Read more…

The North Charleston Performing Arts Center

The North Charleston PAC is your best bet in the Charleston area for seeing national and international touring acts. Look for listings on their websites. Read more…

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