There’s a special feeling about live music that just can’t be replicated through a stereo. It’s about more than the music. It’s about the atmosphere, the people you’re surrounded by and the moving of the crowd as a single entity. Fortunately, if you find yourself in South Carolina, you’ll have plenty of options to get that experience. Unplug the headphones and settle in for the show at these 10 best music venues in South Carolina.
Live music with an air of sophistication awaits your ears at downtown Greenville’s Peace Center. From Broadway shows to classical entertainment to intimate concerts, the Peace Center’s upscale atmosphere delights lovers of all things music and theatre (balcony seating optional). Matchbox 20, Goo Goo Dolls, and Evanescence are among the headliners who have taken the stage here.
Some of the entertainment industry’s biggest, brightest stars, like Bon Jovi, Garth Brooks, and Needtobreathe, have shined front and center at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Formerly the Bi-Lo Center, Bon Secours also plays home to the Swamp Rabbits, Greenville’s hockey team.
Half southern-style restaurant, half concert hall—all totally worth it. The House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach may sound like a lounge for jazz cats, but it’s actually one piece of a multi-location nationwide establishment that serves up huge helpings of entertainment. Familiar names like Chevelle and Britney Spears have branded their spot in House of Blues history. You can also catch their World-Famous Gospel Brunch every Sunday morning.
Free concert, anyone? The Boathouse offers plenty of them, and they feature bands you’ll want to hear. Situated on the picturesque intercoastal waterway in Myrtle Beach, Boathouse has harbored musical talents like Saving Abel, Edwin McCain, and Outshyne during their Free Show Fridays or Sunday Concert Series. Pair that with their delicious menu offerings, and your day is complete.
It’s standing room only, so get ready to rock! Music Farm puts on about 200 shows a year, so chances are when you’re craving live music, you can fill your ears here. From rock and hip hop to country and even comedy, Music Farm reaps all sorts of entertainment to suit everyone’s tastes.
If you want to broaden beyond the radio playlist and discover some new tunes, there’s no better way than to do it live. And there’s no better place to do it than Gottrocks in Greenville, South Carolina. A small, intimate atmosphere with tasty menu offerings and some recent cosmetic surgeries give this music hall an ambiance locals go crazy for. It’s “Where Live Music Lives” for sure.
It’s not the Georgia Dome by any means, but you will find some of the hottest names in music taking center stage here. Janet Jackson, Stevie Nix, and Kanye West have all made their marks in this 17,000 square-foot arena.
Dive bar? Perhaps. One of the best places to hear great live music? Definitely. You might not recognize every headlining name, but you will appreciate the variety and authenticity of the acts that make their way to Radio Room’s roster. The drinks are cheap, the service is great, and if you weren’t familiar with the performers before the show, you will be before you leave.
Prohibition may be long over (hooray!), but in Charleston, South Carolina, you can still catch a glimpse of the speakeasy scene. Prohibition (the name of the bar, in this case) features live music six nights a week, mostly jazz, swing, blues, and other funky sounds from decades’ past. Not to worry, there’s plenty of alcohol to be had (if you like)—no password necessary.
It’s not every night Tin Roof brings a big-name act to its stage, but when they do, you’ll want to be there. Musicians from all over enjoy rocking the Tin Roof, and with enough variety to please a crowd. Make sure you come hungry—their menu is as rockin’ as their music.