Charleston’s local music scene

One of the first things that people ask about a new town they are visiting is “how’s the night life?’. It doesn’t matter what kind of music you like, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll be looking for a place to see a good band. Well, when you’re in Charleston, you’re in luck. There are plenty of places to go see a group play. Sports bars, pool halls, and even a baseball team offer plenty of things to do in Charleston in the evenings.

The first place you’re going to want to check out is called “The Empty Glass” on Elizabeth Street. They are famous for their wings, pizza, and bar, not to mention the myriad of musical acts that have graces their floor. From rock and blues to latin and hip hop styles, The Empty Glass is a place you must visit, even if you’re only in town for a few nights. There’s a good chance you’ll find what you’re looking for in bands like the Spurgie Hankins Band, War Creek Mafia, Chris Colepaugh, and many others that come back time and time again. Most of the acts featured at The Empty Glass are locally based bands or artists.

If a rock show isn’t your style, there is always a good lounge around. Sports bars, pool halls, and comedy clubs offer plenty of diversion for an evening. There are literally dozens of choices for an evening out on the town if all you wanted to do is have a few drinks with some friends and watch the game.

For a it more upscale evening, you could always try to catch a show at the Clay Center for the Arts. The Clay Center opened up in the Spring of 2003 and ever since has offered the very best in classical music, visual arts, and theater. From small studio theater spaces to an 1,800 seat concert venue, the Clay Center always has something for everyone. Several performance series are offered each year, often to critical acclaim.

During the summers, you can even catch an evening ball game with the West Virginia Power baseball team. The Power is a class ‘A’ affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. They play a busy schedule, and often come out on top. The Power was the SAL Norther Division winner in the 2008 season and hopes to match that accomplishment or even improve on it for the 2009 season. As every baseball fan knows, farm league ball is more fun to watch, and a good farm league team is great to watch.

So, whether you are looking for a band to see, a game to watch, or just some pool to shoot, Charleston has tons to offer. Great cultural diversity and wealth abound at the Clay Center for the Arts, and laid back nights out with the boys are just a short trip away.

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