​The Sounds Of Leisure: Top Picks For Finding Live Music In The Holy City

The soundtrack of Charleston is vibrant and booming. Live music of any genre can be found on any given night in the Holy City. With independent labels providing a heartbeat for the city’s younger generation, and longstanding music venues constantly finding new audiences, it’s not just about history in Charleston. It’s also about the sounds of its future.

She Returns From War recommends Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl
“Eclectic Vinyl Café is the concept record store/café you’ve been looking for since you left Portland and that vegan cult thing we won’t bring up at thanksgiving. They offer a great selection of records, incredible food options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Easily the best deals in town on bottles of wine, and in store performances from local musicians every Thursday!”

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SUSTO recommends Spoleto Festival
“We have a handful of cool events in town, but I think my favorite is Spoleto Festival. It brings so much wonderful art to Charleston. It’s a celebration of art.”

FACT: Founded in 1977, it is a counterpart to the Festival Dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy. The annual 17 day showcase features opera, dance, theater, classical and jazz music. When Italian organizers were looking for a US location they said of Charleston: “It’s intimate, so you can walk from one theater to the next. It has old world charm in architecture and gardens. Yet it’s a community big enough to support the large number of visitors to the festival.”


Garrett Garnos recommends Charleston Music Hall
“I love the Charleston Music Hall. It’s a beautiful theater environment that pulls timeless acts like Doctor John.”

Grace Joyner recommends the The Royal American 
“Great Patio.” 

Kyle Norton recommends The Music Farm
The Music Farm for bigger shows is a classic. They’ve been around for years and I have seen some of my favorite artists perform there over the past decade.”

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photo by: Gigie Hall