It’s possible—and not even difficult—to experience world-class live music every night in Charleston, without ever seeing a touring national act. These are just a few of the dozens of venues keeping local musicians employed and fans grooving week after week, all year long.
From 6 to 10 p.m. every Wednesday year-round, Awendaw Green’s Barn Jams showcase local and visiting musicians at Sewee Outpost, with graphic designer Gil Shuler creating a groovy poster for each show.
Wednesday-night Barn Jams at the Sewee Outpost feature four bands every week at 6 p.m. 4853 N. Hwy. 17, Awendaw; awendawgreen.com
The Bounty Bar:
At this Folly Beach newcomer, weekends extend a few more hours with the Sunday Sessions, jams hosted by the Campbell Brown Band, starting at 9 p.m. and drawing some of the funkiest players in town. 15 Center St., Folly Beach; thebountybar.com
Mosquito Beach Sunset Jamz:
The Sol Legare showcase debuted in March, with a lineup of three to six local bands playing outside by the marsh every Tuesday night. End of Mosquito Beach Road (close to Folly on James Island)
Party at the Point:
Every Friday evening during the summer, Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina hosts bands as the sun sets over the water. 20 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant; partyatthepointcharleston.com
Jive Talk on The Royal American’s cozy bar-side stage.
The Royal American:
The tiny stage at this NOMO watering hole is essentially an extension of the bar, which keeps the bands just above the throes of the rowdy crowd every weekend. 970 Morrison Dr., theroyalamerican.com