Charleston is loved by travelers from near and far for its rich history, aesthetic appeal and easy access to scenic fun that’s simply hard to top! While getting out and exploring your surroundings is a treat when you make this your vacation destination, those with a passion for settling in for a good show can enjoy that in Charleston too. The next time you’re here, make sure to make time for a stop at the Charleston Music Hall when you’re looking to take in a performance that’s always one-of-a-kind.
Music Hall History
The Charleston Music Hall is located at 37 John Street and is easy to spot thanks to its eye-catching 19th-century Gothic Revival exterior. These days, visitors can head this way to enjoy everything from theater and comedy shows to concerts and dance performances alike. Constructed in 1849, the Charleston Music Hall was historically referred to as The Tower Depot. It remains one of the oldest buildings on the block and was originally utilized as a passenger station of the South Carolina Railroad. Designed by architect Edward C. Jones, the building was first designed with a three-story story in place which earned it the original moniker. In 1995, the building was purchased by the Bennett-Hofford Company and was transitioned into an arts venue which has remained, much to the delight of audiences, ever since.
Incredible Past Performances
Since becoming an arts venue in the city, the Charleston Music Hall has focused on the goal of creating extraordinary artistic, musical, and theatrical performances for audiences to enjoy year-round. The music hall is designed to promote the best regional, local, and national acts which in turn, will encourage local and community participation in the arts over the long term. One way the Charleston Music Hall has achieved this is by inviting some spectacular performers to the stage! To date, the Charleston Music Hall has hosted everyone from bluegrass musician Ricky Skaggs to the likes of David Byrne and Joan Baez to name a few of many.
If you happen to be heading to Charleston this year, you’re in for a treat when it comes to show selection at the Charleston Music Hall. In June 2023, the Charleston Music Hall will welcome Ranky Tanky to the stage as well as the comedy of SNL’s Leslie Jones, and music presented by Boz Scaggs. June will also see Samantha Bee at the Charleston Music Hall as well as The Summer of Twilight Film Series. Other notable performances in June include Eric Gales, Summer Comfort, Ziggy Marley, and Margaret Cho: Live and Livid! If your travels bring you this way in July, you can book tickets to Old Gods of Appalachia, American Jukebox 2: The Hits of the ’60s, 70’s, and ’80s as well as Tommy Emmanuel. In August, drop by to see Mary Chapin Carpenter, Gavin DeGraw, and the Queen Tribute Band hit the stage in style.
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