Major Performance Venues
CHARLESTON GAILLARD CENTER— Revealed and renamed in 2015 after a massive expansion, the Gaillard Center’s theater boasts a full stage and orchestra pit, while its Exhibition Hall spans 15,000 square feet. Notably, the center hosts the Spoleto Festival, as well as community events and touring productions. Upcoming: “Chicago” April 18. Full schedule online. www. gaillardcenter.com. 95 Calhoun St., 843.577.7400.
CHARLESTON MUSIC HALL— Boasting the best acoustics in downtown Charleston, this venue that combines old-fashioned grandeur with modern functionality showcases a wide range of musical, artistic and theatrical experiences, from local, regional and national acts, including comedy, jazz, Irish dance, rock ‘n’ roll, show tunes, ballet and more. Originally built as a train station in 1849 (the stage was a turntable for locomotives), it holds 950 seats— not one of which is bad. Upcoming selections (full schedule online): Rick Springfield, May 11; “An Evening with David Crosby and Friends, May 13; Bela Fleck and Chris Thile, May 23; Piccolo Fiction Spotlight, June 3; Mary Chapin Carpenter, Aug. 9 charlestonmusichall.com. 37 John St., 843.853.2252.
MEMMINGER AUDITORIUM— Memminger Auditorium is the place in Charleston to host an event, private party or wedding. It is available to rent throughout the year and its renovated 10,000-square-foot area offers a large-scale catwalk system as well as theatrical lighting. A gorgeous garden is adjacent to the auditorium and is ideal when extra space is needed. www.memmingerauditorium.com. 56 Beaufain St., 843.724.1196.
MUSIC FARM— This large music venue, with a sister site in Columbia, S.C., produces and brings 200-plus top acts to the Holy City annually: Drive By Truckers, Flogging Molly, Emilie Autumn and Colbie Caillat are among recent examples. Upcoming: Spoon, May 5. Full schedule available online. www.musicfarm.com. 32 Ann St., 843.577.6989.
NORTH CHARLESTON COLISEUM &
PERFORMING ARTS CENTER— Housed on the North Charleston campus, The Coliseum, built in 1993, also is home to the South Carolina Stingrays professional hockey team and seats 13,000 people. As a 2,300-seat, prosceniumstyle theater, the Performing Arts Center, which opened in 1999, offers a more intimate setting. Upcoming: R Kelly, April 21; “Mamma Mia!” April 25; Blink-182, April 26; Florida Georgia Line, April 27; I Love the 90s, April 28; North Charleston Pops!, April 29; “Newsboys,” May 7; Tedeschi Trucks Band, June 14; Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, July 23. Full schedule online. www.coliseumpac.com. 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, 843.529.5000.