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Charleston for Music Lovers

As the region that brought shag music and The Charleston dance phenomenon to the forefront, it's no wonder that the Lowcountry offers such a plethora of opportunity for music aficionados.

From larger music venues such as the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center that bring national acts to the stage, to more intimate venues such as the rustic Awendaw Green that draws 100 or so people to its barn jams under country oaks each week, Charleston simply has the music spectrum covered.

Watch the likes of Garth Brooks, the Moody Blues or Fallout Boy perform at the Coliseum/PAC. See such legends as Bob Dylan and Joan Baez in such acoustically perfect concert settings as the Charleston Music Hall and the newly refurbished Gaillard Center. Grind and beat with hundreds of others while you position yourself toward the front of the stage and jam for such acts as Yonder Mountain String Band at Music Farm, Reverend Horton Heat at Pour House or Edwin McCain or Darius Rucker at the Windjammer. Join the masses, meanwhile, at such public settings as the annual Spoleto USA Festival or one of the Charleston County Parks' many music offerings.

Most music lovers should already know about Charleston and what it has to offer, but for those who may need a little help, we offer here a dozen Lowcountry spots that will keep you in the groove.

Charleston Gaillard Center

Revealed and renamed in 2015 after a massive expansion, the Gaillard Center's theater boasts a full stage, orchestra pit, and Exhibition Hall spanning 15,000 square feet. Notably, the Center hosts the Spoleto Festival of the arts, as well as concerts, touring productions and community events.

Music Farm

This large music venue, with a sister site in Columbia, produces and brings 200-plus top acts to the Holy City annually: Drive By Truckers, Flogging Molly, Emilie Autumn and Colbie Caillat are among recent examples. Full schedule available online.

North Charleston Pops

Founded in 2012 in conjunction with the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center, this fully professional orchestra, led by Nick Palmer, presents popular music using an upbeat sound that's often supported by a rock band and vocalists.

Awendaw Green

Centered at an old barn and under grand oak trees, this open-air venue showcases musicians from across the country, including new bands playing original tunes in a wide range of styles. The homey environment lures all ages with its country setting, bonfires, wood-fired pizzas, local oysters and friendly folks.

The Pour House

A neighborhood favorite for live music featuring everything from local bands to touring acts, this bar and music venue provides a community for artists to perform and guests to appreciate the craft. See online schedule for show times and prices. Open M-Sa 4 pm-1:30 am, Su 10 am-1:30 am.

Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ

The Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ features dry-rubbed ribs, chicken and pork shoulders, along with homemade salad and soups, patio seating and live-music performances. L and D (daily).

The Windjammer

The music and good times keep rocking late into the night at this beachside party on the Isle of Palms. Acts performing here include the likes of Edwin McCain, Robert Earl Keen, Sister Hazel and Charleston's own Darius Rucker. Open daily 11:30 am-1:30 am.

Spoleto Festival USA

For 17 days and nights each spring, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston's historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with performances by renowned artists, as well as emerging performers in opera, theater, dance, and chamber, symphonic, choral and jazz music. Dates for the 2021 festival are May 28 to June 13.

Prohibition

Located in the heart of downtown, Prohibition captures the swing and sway of ’20s jazz in Charleston. There is live jazz music six nights a week in addition to award-winning craft cocktails and beer, all in a space designed with a Jazz Age vibe.