Greenville's 10 Best Places to Hear Live Music



Greenville offers enough live music that you'll be hard-pressed to choose how to spend your evening.  From a sophisticated jazz bar along the river to an out-of-the-way club for the eclectic and the obscure, Greenville has it all.  

In addition to the numerous free outdoor concerts you'll find downtown during the summer, we have a jam-packed calendar 24/7.  In fact, this list barely scratches the surface of all the places you can go to hear a live performance.  What this list does do is narrow down the choices, focusing on our favorite places to go for a night of tunes.

From a legendary blues venue to a mellow acoustic cafe to a club showcasing Appalachian dark metal, we challenge you to find a more diverse lineup.




Just because this is a Greenville guide doesn't mean that all of the best options for live music are within city limits. One compelling example of what the greater area has to offer is The Soundbox Tavern on West Georgia Road in Simpsonville. ...  Read More


9
North Pleasantburg


At our first visit to The Radio Room, a complete stranger drunkenly shambled over to a bassist's girlfriend in the parking lot, was mystified at the existence of a strange and unique mixed drink called a Screwdriver, rambled on for twenty...  Read More




Taking over the longtime location of the Greer Opry House, The Spinning Jenny is one of the Upstate's newest music venues. The selection of bands performing here is wonderfully eclectic, spanning such genres as folk, alt-country, soul,...  Read More


7
North Pleasantburg
Gottrocks
Photo courtesy of Libby McMillan


Busting at the seams on weekends, this working man's local club features bands that range from rock to hip-hop to bluegrass. Some are local, others are touring, but the music is reliably solid and the prices are more than affordable. When...  Read More




Greenville's live music scene got a major boost with the opening of Blues Boulevard. The club is a tiny and sophisticated venue for jazz fans, but thanks to ambient lighting, great acoustics and good service, it's also a perfect place to spend...  Read More


5
North Main
City Tavern


When the sun goes down, the volume goes up at City Tavern. Music is central to this downtown bar's entertainment, whether it's teams squaring off in rounds of Name That Tune trivia, a DJ spinning records or live performances. Piano Man Matt is...  Read More




The musicianship on display at Jack n' Diane's is astonishing. The dueling pianos are, of course, the marquee draw. There's often a small band, with musicians bounding from one instrument to another. Given their encyclopedic repertoire, you'd...  Read More


3
West End


Autumnal hues add a pleasant visual warmth to Rainer's, along with brick walls, patterned rugs and an eclectic assortment of mismatched tables and chairs. They're a fitting backdrop to colorful, whimsical artwork (for sale, by the way) and the...  Read More




This intimate little spot on Augusta Street (near Fluor Field at the West End) packs 'em in tightly once the sun sets, and this is especially true on Friday and Saturday nights. The interior decor pays homage to music of all types, from the...  Read More




After decades playing with the likes of B.B. King, Otis Redding, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and a very young James Brown, seasoned bluesman Mac Arnold at long last returned home to South Carolina. A fixture in the Upstate music scene ever...  Read More


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