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Charleston, South Carolina Music Guide
SCIWAY's guide to Charleston music and musicians is divided into four sections. The first is devoted to Charleston's professional and recreational orchestras, symphonies, choirs, and quartets. In short, it covers classical music in Charleston. The second includes non-profits and other organizations that seek to encourage musical education and enjoyment. The third list compiles Charleston bands and singers who either play shows in clubs and concerts or produce CDs; these bands focus on rock, blues, bluegrass, country, etc. The fourth list spotlights wedding and party bands and is an excellent resource for Charleston-area parties, wedding ceremonies, festivals, and corporate functions.
Charleston SC Symphonies, Choirs & Classical Music
- Chamber Music Charleston
This Charleston non-profit is composed of musicians dedicated to giving chamber music concerts and educational performances in hopes of stimulating the audience, with a special focus upon children.
- Charleston Barbershop Chorus
The 40-odd members of this choir sing together as one chorus, preserving and encouraging four-part a cappella harmony in the barbershop tradition, playing "sing outs" for just about any occasion.
- Charleston Gospel Choir
An off-shoot of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, this Charleston-based gospel choir is comprised of volunteer singers who perform at events throughout the year including Spoleto, MOJA, and Martin Luther King Day.
- Charleston Men's Chorus
Charleston's all-male choral group is best known for its annual Christmas Concert at Sottile Theater. The group strives to promote choral music awareness in the Lowcountry.
- Charleston Police Pipes and Drums
Representing the Charleston Police Department with an active roster of 39 members, this band performs at parades, public events, Scottish highland games, and funerals around the Southeast.
- Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Professional Charleston SC musicians perform symphonic and chamber music in Charleston and throughout the state year-round, placing an emphasis on educational programming for children.
- Charleston Symphony Orchestra Spiritual Ensemble
Sister organization of the CSO Gospel Choir, the Spiritual Ensemble is a multicultural group of singers performing African-American spirituals in traditional and modern arrangements around Charleston, SC.
- Citadel Cadet Chorale
The Citadel's official touring choir plays patriotic, sacred, popular, and classical music throughout the eastern United States.
- Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes
The Citadel's marching band performing in campus parades and football games as well as in inaugural events and international festivals including Scotlands Military Tatoo
- Lowcountry Voices
Based out of North Charleston, this multicultural choral group performs standard choral repertoire with special emphasis on African-American musical traditions.
- Palmetto Vocal Project
This competitive and performing choir specializes in a cappella covering tunes from classical, gospel, and barbershop to contemporary, country, and doo-wop.
- Singers of Summerville
Through concerts and community outreach, this 45-member choir performs sacred and secular musical pieces from the last five centuries.
- Southcoast Symphony
A coalition of professional and amateur musicians provides symphony orchestra concerts to the public.
- Southern Harmony Chorus
This all-woman a cappella choir group sings songs which include ballads, traditional barbershop tunes, gospel, pop, and show tunes.
- Summerville Orchestra
The mission of the Summerville Community Orchestra is to enrich the cultural climate of the greater Summerville area with entertaining and educational performances, and to provide opportunities for volunteer musicians to play for the pure joy of it.
Charleston Music Appreciation & Education
- American Guild of Organists
Founded in 1896, the Charleston chapter of the American Guild of Organists serves as both an educational and service organization. The American Guild of Organists establishes and maintains high musical standards and seeks to promote understanding and appreciation of all aspects of organ and choral music.
- Carolina Studios
Carolina Studios is a nonprofit group that provides students a safe environment that fosters creative, educational, and career-focused initiatives through music technology and media arts. Students learn how to create, arrange, and record music through a software program that also teaches them valuable computer skills.
- Charleston Jazz
This non-profit organization dedicates itself to providing a vibrant jazz culture through concerts, special outreach events, and education aimed towards jazz musicians, artists, students and enthusiasts in the Charleston area.
Charleston Bands & Recording Artists
- Blue Dogs
Playing Americana country-rock music, this Charleston-based band plays clubs, festivals, colleges, corporate events, private parties, and fundraisers along the East Coast.
This Americana roots rock trio from Folly Beach, South Carolina playing nightclubs and festivals all over the Southeast.
- Eddie Bush
This guitarist and singer-songwriter plays Southern rock and alt country in nightclubs around the Lowcountry.
- A Fragile Tomorrow
A family of brothers from Charleston formed this alternative powerpop band playing music venues and festivals locally and around the country.
- Frank Duvall Jazz Trio
This Charleston trio plays original compositions along with jazz standards by George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and Wayne Shorter.
- Graham Whorley
Based on Folly Beach, this band specializes in rock, jazz, classical, and funk guitar styled music. Catch them at restaurants, bars, and private events around town.
- Jamison Alley
Three-piece cover band from Charleston, SC plays local bars and restaurants.
- Jared Petteys and the Headliners
Charleston-based three piece rockabilly band plays originals and covers of songs from the 40s, 50s and early 60s.
- Jay Olen
Joe Olen is an independent hip hop artist and song writer from Charleston.
- Kids On Acid
Rock band from Charleston, SC combining female vocals with an eclectic mix of cover songs and uniquely original material.
- Rene Russell
This singer-songwriter plays originals and covers folk and rock tunes by bands including Tracy Chapman, Indigo Girls, U2, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Melissa Etheridge, and Janis Joplin.
- Shovels and Rope
Husband-and-wife team Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent blend traditional folk, rock and roll, country rock, and punk rock.
- Shrimp City Slim
A keyboard player and singer/songwriter based in Charleston who plays Lowcountry blues and original songs at festivals, harbor cruises, farmer's markets, and restaurants around town.
- Sol Driven Train
This five-piece band, based out of Charleston, South Carolina, combines American pop and folk music into its own unique sound playing music venues and festivals around the country.
- Stefanie Potter
A folk and soul singer/songwriter based in Charleston, SC.
- Trick Knee
An alternative rock band from Charleston, South Carolina playing venues and festivals around town.
- Tyler Boone
Raised in Charleston, this singer-songwriter tours East Coast venues playing blues, acoustic, and rock originals.
- Yeehaw Junction Bluegrass Band
Charleston-based bluegrass band plays music halls, festivals, and private events around the Lowcountry.
Charleston SC Party Bands & Wedding Musicians
- Big Phat Mojo
Charleston SC party, rock band playing everything from classic/hard rock to country, R&B, pop, and more.
- Blue Plantation Band
This acoustic string band specializes in bluegrass, Irish, folk, country, swing, and jazz. They play weddings, corporate events, festivals, private parties, and family functions in and around Charleston, SC.
- Charleston Entertainment
These Charleston string musicians are available as solists, duets, trios, or quartets. They play classical music, jazz, wedding favorites, hymns, and pop standards.
- Charleston Hot Shots
This Moncks Corner jazz band performs a mix of blues, ragtime, and folk music, played on guitars, ukuleles, kazoos, and harmonicas.
- Charleston Virtuosi
An ensemble of musicians located in Charleston, South Carolina offering a broad variety of musical styles including jazz, classical, and folk music (bluegrass, country, folk-rock, and gypsy jazz)
- The Coppertones
Charleston, SC cover band playing wedding receptions, corporate events, private parties, and festivals.
- Gracie & Lacy
Sisters Gracie & Lacy along with their Legends Band are popular for corporate and special events and are known for smooth-as-butter harmonies, tap dancing, glittering costumes, and retro vibe.
- John Cusatis
This audience-interactive solo performer from Charleston provides the instruments and the audience provides the band. Specializes in engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, weddings, birthdays, family reunions, and corporate gatherings.
- Nikolai Svishev
Guitarist specializing in Spanish, Brazilian, gypsy jazz, and classical guitar plays at corporate events, weddings, receptions, and local hotels.
- Palmetto Rose Band
Performing at all types of events, this band plays bluegrass, county, folk and americana styles of music using mainly acoustic and traditional instrument.
- Palmetto Strings
Charleston-based musicians specialize in providing music for weddings, private parties, corporate events, concert recitals, and other special occasions.
- Permanent Vacation
Seven-piece cover band that plays weddings, corporate events, charity events, proms, fraternity & sorority socials around Charleston, SC.
- Quiana Parler & Friends
Artist from Charleston, South Carolina plays weddings and social events all across the US, specializing in jazz, pop, R&B, and rock-n-roll.
- 17 South Band
Charleston-based eight-piece band features a full three-horn section and dynamic vocals. Covers Motown, beach, R&B, jazz, swing, hip hop, and classic rock.