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The Best Spots to Find Live Music in Charleston



Charleston, South Carolina provides an idyllic backdrop for live music venues with its cobblestone streets, moss-covered oak trees, and colonial-style buildings. The city is a historical one with an array of musical tastes ranging from classical to blues and pop. So if you’re visiting this historical gem and are a live music fan, where would you go for the best entertainment? Read further to find out where the best spots are for some live music here.

Outdoor Concerts 

If you’re a local in Charleston, you’re probably aware that the city is synonymous with outdoor festivals. The weather certainly does not deter music lovers and artists alike, as in winter the city is buzzing with outdoor music festivals.

You can savor a variety of live bands when you visit Party at the Point. This entertainment is usually available between April and July. Listen to an eclectic mix of reggae, rock music, and funk as you sip on your favorite beverage while overlooking the sparkling harbor. You can also venture out to Awendaw Green, located on Highway 17 for some funky beats.

Some of the jazz festivals set to get your feet tapping includes the Charleston Jazz Festival and the Greater Charleston Lowcountry Jazz Festival.

Music Festivals Throughout the Year 

Charleston is surely the music lover’s paradise, as you can attend music festivals every month of the year here. If that sounds a bit expensive, no worries as you can simply try your hand at some games with sites such as You may win enough to attend all events. Charleston’s annual jazz festival can be enjoyed in an array of downtown venues in January.

In February the yearly Color of Music takes place. This festival focuses primarily on black artists and events are held throughout Charleston.

The Charleston Bluegrass Festival also occurs in March as a family event. Bring the kids along, set up camp here, and listen to bluegrass music.

In April, you can expect the Charleston Lowcountry Cajun Festival. It’s basically a festival that consists of a fine mix of Creole and Cajun cuisine and soothing melodies. They also serve southeastern food here, and you can bring your kids along too.

The High Water Festival also occurs in April in North Charleston every year. Enjoy a delicious array of food and some live entertainment at the North Charleston Riverfront Park.

The month of May sees the Spoleto Festival USA coming to Charleston. It’s often referred to as one of the greatest performing arts festivals in the USA and showcases a huge variety of events, besides music. This includes a sand sculpting competition, children’s programs at the library, and a sunset serenade.

The Trondrossa Music & Arts Festival sports two stages, with one being for local music. They also showcase an exquisite arts and crafts market, as well as a scrumptious selection of meals.

The Piccolo Spoleto Festival occurs in June as a tinier counterpart of the global Spoleto Festival, that takes place in May. This festival focuses mainly on musicians, filmmakers, and authors.

The Greater Charleston Lowcountry Jazz Festival occurs in September as a Labor Day weekend event every year. September also sees the MOJA Arts Festival take place. This event showcases mainly Caribbean and Africa-American musicians.

If you’re looking for some live entertainment in October, why not attend Charleston’s Into the Woods music and arts festival? If you love camping, this one’s for you, as the venue has a camping site too.

Other Places You Can Enjoy Live Music in Charleston 

Some venues like arenas and auditoriums also host upbeat music shows in Charleston. The North Charleston Coliseum hosts festivals that presents huge music names. Some of these artists include the Allman Brothers and John Cougar.

If you love watching outstanding musical performances under the moonlight, you can go to Daniel Island to the Family Circle Magazine Stadium for an unforgettable experience.

Jazz lovers can enjoy live performances while sipping on cocktails at the Charleston Grill. Or they can head over to the Voodoo Tiki Bar and Lounge in West Ashley to sip on an ice cold beer and listen to jams.

The Charleston Music Hall also hosts the Charleston Jazz Orchestra. You can enjoy some fine dining here too.

If you’re on the lookout for some remarkable bands, why not try the Charleston Powerhouse? Or visit the Forte Jazz Lounge in King Street, Radcliffborough.

The Royal American at 970 Morrison Drive offers live music of your choice and food to go with it. The Music Farm venue in Charleston has an underground industrial feel to it. You can enjoy a few beer rounds between performances at the venue’s bar.

Revel in the live performance acoustics at the Purple Buffalo in Azalea Drive too. The venue is charming, as it appears to be hidden, making it ideal if you love private venues.

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