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Enjoy Live Music All Across South Carolina

Bob Gillespie Bob Gillespie
Bob is a former sports writer at Columbia’s The State newspaper. He enjoys golf at South Carolina’s 350-plus courses, and after a round, sampling craft beers from the Palmetto State’s breweries.
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You'd expect to find some great music venues in South Carolina's larger cities, from Columbia's Colonial Life Arena and Koger Center for the Arts to Greenville's Peace Center and Bon Secours Wellness Arena to the world-famous Spoleto Arts Festival in Charleston.

But the options are just as plentiful in smaller communities across South Carolina. Below are some of the best places to get your groove on:



112 North Main St.; 864.222.3893

A neighborhood favorite, it features live music served up with locally sourced steaks, seafood and sandwiches.

Electric City Playhouse

514 North Murray Ave.; 864.224.4248

Anderson's neighborhood performing arts venue since 1984 presents musicals and other theatrical performances.

McGee's Irish Pub

116 West Orr St.; 864.261.6401

Classic pub featuring Irish fare and weekly live Celtic and folk music. This cozy spot also has a patio.


The Warehouse

104 Laurel St.; 843.248.3287

Specializing in Southern rock and bluegrass, The Warehouse offers live music Friday and Saturday nights in a pub atmosphere. Happy hour, late-night food menu and indoor and outdoor seating is available.


CLUB Compound

2729 East Palmetto St.; 843.495.2067;

Primarily a dance club, this youth-oriented club regularly plays host to rap, R&B and hip-hop artists.

Florence Civic Center

3300 West Radio Drive; 843.679.9417

Performances feature national and regional musical talent.

Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center

201 South Dargan St.; 843.661.1720

Opened in 2011 in partnership with the university and the city, FMUPAC presents concerts and musical acts in its 100-seat BB&T Amphitheatre and 849-seat Mainstage proscenium theater. Performances include the Florence Symphony and FMU's Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Select Vocal Ensemble.

Apple Annie's

1720 West Palmetto St.; 843.669.6247

This club specializes in rock and heavy metal.

Lula's Coffee

600 Pamplico Highway; 843.229.9784

An intimate coffee shop-style eatery, it caters to a regulars crowd with open-mic night Thursdays, featuring jazz groups, acoustic singers, soloists and local bands performing punk rock. Once a month on Friday or Saturday, groups from outside the area will perform.


The Spinning Jenny

107 Cannon St.; 864.469.6416

A leisure center and music hall, it features a variety of music acts, as well as dance and theater.


Music on the Mountain at Table Rock State Park

158 Ellison Lane; 864.878.9813

Bring your acoustic instruments or just sit back and enjoy the bluegrass jam sessions held from 2 to 6 p.m. the second Saturday of each month in the park's restored CCC-era lodge.


Saddle Creek

1807 Cherry Road, Suite 117; 803.324.2651

Offering line dancing lessons on Thursdays, this site is all about country and western music.


Heritage Park Amphitheatre

861 SE Main St.; 864.296.6601

Located along the I-85 corridor in the heart of the Upstate, this outdoor concert venue draws such notable musicians as Willie Nelson, the Counting Crows, Mumford & Sons, and B.B. King.


Blues Boulevard Jazz

99 South Church St.; 864.707.5650

Billed as the best location for blues and jazz in Spartanburg, this low-lighting, cozy underground spot offers a nostalgic live music experience with live jazz performers playing Thursday-Saturday nights.

Ground Zero Live Music Venue

3052 Howard St.; 864.948.1661

Opened in 1996, the rock 'n' roll club has an edgy appeal with a mix of punk and heavy metal music performed by local and regional artists.

The Music Camp

190 Childress Road; 864.978.5515

Music camping festivals staged at this outdoor site are events to remember with multiple illuminated sound stages and campsites for up to 2,000 fans.

Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium

385 North Church St.; 864.582.8107

Billing itself as the "Showplace of the South" when it opened in 1951, the 3,244-seat arena has staged a variety of acts, including such musical stalwarts as Three Dog Night, Taylor Swift, Journey, Ray Charles, Hall and Oates, and the Dave Matthews Band.

Bob Gillespie
Bob is a former sports writer at Columbia’s The State newspaper. He enjoys golf at South Carolina’s 350-plus courses, and after a round, sampling craft beers from the Palmetto State’s breweries.