Many visitors from across the country would unknowingly underestimate the live music scene of many southeastern cities, but live music culture thrives in Charleston, amped by an active local community that favors local artists and performers. From high-end jazz clubs to time-worn music halls and beachfront surf bars, Charleston's wide variety of live music venues is impressive for so small a city. When you come for a visit, do what the locals do: dive into the live music scene, and let the Holy City surprise you.
Want to see if your favorite group's on tour in Charleston? Check out the lineups at the Music Farm on Upper King or Charleston Music Hall on John Street–your best bets for catching more popular acts on the road.
Looking for something a little more low-key? Take your daily jazz with a side of fine dining at the Charleston grill or step into the swing dance crowd at King Street's Prohibition bar. Both spots offer live jazz performances nearly every day of the week!
When in doubt, go local at The Royal American in the North Morrison drive area, or watch afternoon turn to evening from the beachfront deck at The Windjammer on Isle of Palms. Too many options leaving you undecided? Come as you are to The Pour House on James Island after a day at the beach–a roadside tavern with cheap beers, fun company, and no cover on the back deck stage.