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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.