Iconic South Carolina Clubs

You never know who you might hear on these noted stages—Hootie and the Blowfish, Edwin McCain and the Marshall Tucker Band all got their start playing small clubs in South Carolina.

Handlebar, Greenville

Greenville didn’t have a club dedicated to music until 1994, when journalist John Jeter opened the Handlebar in an old cotton mill. Since then, the Handlebar has hosted more than 3,000 acts ranging from Todd Rundgren and Al Stewart to Miranda Lambert, Sugarland and Joan Baez. On Tuesdays, dancers replace musicians on the stage for the weekly Swing Dance Night, complete with instruction. handlebar-online.com

House of Blues, Myrtle Beach

Since opening in 1997, House of Blues has brought more than its signature headliner concerts—think Creed, Robert Cray and Chris Isaak—to Myrtle Beach. During the summer, free concerts, some of which are dog-friendly, are held on the deck. Year-round, the Sunday Gospel Brunch fills the room with the inspiring voices of the Glory Gospel Trio. houseofblues.com

The Jazz Corner, Hilton Head

When Bob and Lois Masteller arrived on Hilton Head in the 1970s, Bob worked full time in the corporate world but spent his weekends playing jazz coronet. In 1999, when an opportunity presented itself to open his own club, this son of a well-known jazz violinist couldn’t say no. Fourteen years later, The Jazz Corner has brought performers in all genres and from all over the world to its intimate stage and has established a jazz camp for kids. thejazzcorner.com

The Music Farm, Charleston

The Music Farm has been rocking Charleston since 1991, and over the years has brought big names like Counting Crows, Dave Matthews Band, Phish and Wilco to the Lowcountry while fostering young artists like Colbie Caillat, Mayer Hawthorne and Fitz and the Tantrums. Once a tiny, out-of-the-way venue, today’s Music Farm holds almost 1,000 music lovers in its funky electro-farmhouse setting. musicfarm.com

Tin Roof, Columbia

Tin Roof’s country roots are so strong that the lease for the Columbia property was signed on the tailgate of a pickup truck. Laid back, comfortable and sporting its signature metal awning over the bar, Tin Roof brings a great mix of rock, alternative and, of course, country to Columbia’s lively Vista neighborhood. The food’s great, too. tinroofbars.com

Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor, West Columbia

With a name like that, expect bluegrass. Every Friday night, bluegrass jam sessions last into the wee hours. Saturday nights, things go a bit more country in the tiny concert hall. Either way, if inspiration strikes, buy a mandolin and sign up for lessons. billsmusicshop.com