Charleston Alive: The Lowcountry's Best Music Venues

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. 

North Charleston Performing Arts Center

For more than 20 years, the North Charleston Coliseum has been bringing sporting events and musical acts to the lowcountry. This massive venue has 14,000 seats and showcases world-famous acts on the big stage. The South Carolina Stingrays ice...  Read More

This relatively hidden second-floor jazz club and lounge is situated on the second floor of a historic King Street building, in which also resides Sermet's Downtown, an upscale Mediterranean restaurant. The Mezz lounge also boasts some...  Read More

Charleston Grill

This fine dining restaurant and lounge showcases a level of luxury dining and in-room entertainment that one expects from its grand Charleston Place Hotel setting. Easily Charleston's best hotel restaurant, the Charleston Grill has become a...  Read More

This lively and sometimes rowdy beachfront bar and grill is home to one of the Charleston area's best live music venues, with many popular local and nationally touring acts appearing here several times each week. Located less than a half hour's...  Read More

Located on Morrison Drive just a short bike ride or drive from the heart of Charleston's entertainment and bar scene, The Royal American has had no trouble attracting a crowd following since its opening in late 2011. Boasting a popular outdoor...  Read More

It's no surprise that Prohibition makes our 10 Best list of live music venues in Charleston, as they have live bands in-house 6 nights a week! Prohibition's live musical lineup incorporates multiple regular and guest-star acts, as well as a wide...  Read More

This house-turned-jazz club has been home to Charleston's home for all things classical and modern jazz for over five years, and isn't going anywhere anytime soon. From swing-time jazz orchestras to intimate saxophone quartets to stunning solo...  Read More

Charleston Music Hall is considered by many to be one of the Holy City's most intimate music venues, and an excellent place to see a favorite local or nationally touring artist or group. When seeing a show at the Charleston Music Hall, one can...  Read More

James Island

Located on James Island just a short drive from downtown Charleston, The Pour House has long been considered a locals' favorite for live music in a laid back setting. Pour House live performances, which take place 6 nights a week, are hosted...  Read More

The Music Farm, now with locations in both Charleston and Columbia, South Carolina, is managed by Music Farm Productions, who puts on over 200 live shows annually! At Charleston's Music Farm, located on Ann Street in the heart of Upper King's...  Read More


Meet Clare Sweeney

A South Carolina native and avid locavore, Clare also ventured abroad to Spain and north to Boston before returning to Charleston and her beloved Lowcountry. 

Clare works and plays in downtown...  More About Clare

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