The Best Musical Venues in Charleston

The Best Musical Venues in Charleston

Image to the left taken from the Charleston Music Hall website. 


Aside from all the obvious aspects that make Charleston such a wonderful city, did you know that the Holy City is home to a very vibrant music scene? Come and listen for yourself and you will understand why the local venues are gaining so much acclaim. You can hear all types of live music coming from the various music halls, eateries, bars, and outdoor areas, from jazz to blues, jam bands to classics, and much more. Darius Rucker, of Hootie & the Blowfish, a well known musical native of Charleston, as well as many other local artists, all contribute an eclectic array of music and rhythm that have helped to transform this fabulous city into a musical hot-spot!

Highlighted below is a small sampling of the many venues available in the Holy City:

Charleston Jazz Orchestra at the Charleston Music Hall: In an effort to expand Charleston’s jazz scene, the nonprofit organization, Jazz Artists of Charleston, has worked hard to give artists and fans a community in which to create and enjoy jazz. Its jazz band, called Charleston Jazz Orchestra, performs five shows each season at the Charleston Music Hall. The group consists of a 30-piece ensemble and is led by the very talented and charismatic Charlton Singleton (he’s also a trumpeter).

This band consists of some of the area’s best musicians and brings together an exciting experience, covering a range of genres, such as American standards, Latin, and bebop. Their series of shows culminates with an annual “Holiday Swing” performance. In between their scheduled performances at the Music Hall, they can be found performing nightly at local restaurants, such as Charleston Grill, Fish, Hall’s Chophouse, and High Cotton. For directions and more information regarding the venues, visit their website at:

Awendaw Green Barn Jams: Located just 30 minutes from downtown Charleston, is Awendaw Green, an outdoor music compound on Echaw Creek. Here is where you will find one of the most unique entertainment venues in the area. Originally founded in 2008, its mission is to create “a community building community through music.” On Wednesday, the weekly “bam jams” bring together local, regional, and national folk artists to network, collaborate, and create. The wonderful mix of a backyard barbeque environment, together with its feel of professional music, makes for a fantastic time. Enjoy some delicious smoked chicken wings or sliders, as you surround yourself with community spirit and awesome music! For directions and more information regarding the venues, visit their website at:

Home Team BBQ: With its two locations just outside of downtown Charleston, Home Team BBQ has been named as Best Jazz & Blues Club by the Charleston City Paper for a number of years, consecutively. Offering blues, bluegrass, and Americana, this popular stop among locals and visitors of all ages, hosts stars such as Big Bill Morgan (son of blues legend Muddy Waters), Nick Moss (Chicago bluesman), the Flip Tops, as well as new, up and coming performers and a local Charleston favorite, Mark Holland. Home Team’s second location on Sullivan’s Island (about 20-30 minutes from downtown Charleston) is alive on the weekends with rock and roll, and honky-tonk! For directions and more information on the venues, visit their website at:

Image above taken from the Home Team BBQ Facebook page.


The Charleston Pour House: You will find this popular “neighborhood hangout,” located on James Island, not far from downtown Charleston. An intimate venue, The Pour House holds just over 400 people, with promoter posters lining the walls. An eclectic mix of indie rock, soul, funk, reggae, and country fill the air of this establishment, which has been here for nearly a decade. It is here that you can listen to some of the best jam bands on tour in the country, including a local favorite, Sol Driven Train, as well as the Los Angeles-based Orgone, Dumpstahunk, the legendary Ivan Neville’s New Orleans based band, and more. The outdoor deck performances usually begin at 5 pm. Inside, the performances on the main stage start at 10 pm. For directions and more information regarding the venues, visit their website at:

A very large number of restaurants in the area provide live music from soloists to larger ensembles. As you know, frequency of performances varies from place to place, so check with the appropriate website for details. With such a large array of venues and styles, you are pretty much guaranteed to find something you like, somewhere in Charleston. So, sit back, take a load off, have a cold one, and most of all, enjoy the music!

Looking to experience the music of Charleston in a completely unique way? Hop aboard Charleston Harbor Tours’ Blues & BBQ Cruise on The Carolina Belle and watch as Shrimp City Slim performs hip-shakin’ blues and Home Team BBQ caters a mouthwatering BBQ buffet (see a picture below for what you can expect aboard the Belle).

blues cruise

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