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The Lowcountry’s Best Live-Music Spots

When it's time to get together with friends for some jammin', check out these five locales

Bang your head, tap your toes, scoot your boots and get your groove on! On any given night, awesome music rocks stages across Charleston, from hole-in-the-wall bars to resplendent theaters. So round up your friends or make new ones at these five favorites.

Centered at an old barn and under grand oak trees, Awendaw Green has a laid-back vibe—but there’s no compromise when it comes to the state-of-the-art sound equipment. A hidden gem 15 miles north of the city, this open-air venue showcases musicians from across the country, including new bands, playing original tunes in a wide range of styles from bluegrass to rock ’n’ roll. The homey environment lures all ages with its country setting, bonfires, wood-fired pizzas, local oysters and friendly folks. Barn Jams every Wednesday, 6-10 pm, $5 per person. 4853 US 17 N; 843.452.1642

Boasting the best acoustics in town, The Charleston Music Hall showcases a wide range of artistic and theatrical experiences from local, regional and national acts, from comedy to jazz, Irish dance to rock ’n’ roll, show tunes to ballet, and lots of singer/songwriters. Centrally located in Historic Downtown Charleston on Upper King Street, the space combines historic grandeur with modern functionality. Originally built as a train station in 1849—the stage was a turntable for locomotives—there are 950 seats, not one of which is bad. The Hall is host to more than 200 events a year, averaging three a week; details online. 37 John St., 843.853.2252

Charleston Music Hall
Charleston Music Hall is home to more than 200 events a year. (Courtesy Charleston Music Hall)

The Charleston Pour House has been rocking this city for 12 years. The popular rock music venue hosts free performances on the deck daily from 6 to 9 pm. Every night the main stage showcases local, national and international talent. Rock is the main beat, but other genres of music are welcome and local food is also on the menu thanks to The Lot, the adjacent restaurant. Fundraisers for local non-profits and kid-friendly daytime events also fill the calendar; details online. 1977 Maybank Highway; 843.571.4343 

Dinner and a show. Enjoy the classic night-on-the-town combination all in one spot at Home Team BBQ, which is modeled on honky-tonks and juke-joints. Local performers are showcased, though an abundance of regional and national talent hops up on stage, too. The focus is on blues, bluegrass, Americana and country rock. The food menu is packed with Southern dishes cooked from scratch using fresh ingredients. Open daily; performance schedule online. 1205 Ashley River Rd.; 843.225.7427; & 2209 Middle St.; 843.883.3131

Home Team BBQ
Local performers are featured at Home Team BBQ. (©Paul Cheney)

Comedy, rock, hip hop, bluegrass, country, jam, electronic dance music, alternative rock … they all grow at the Music Farm. The “Farm Team” mission is to provide top-quality entertainment, cutting-edge performances and welcoming vibes. With a capacity of 800, the venue is general admission, standing room only with limited seating in the balconies and around the full-service bar. Unless otherwise noted, shows are for all ages (children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult). Tickets on sale at 32 Ann St.;