Ma­jor Per­for­mance Venues

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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. gail­lard­cen­ 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 charleston­mu­ 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.mem­minger­au­di­to­ 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.­sic­ 32 Ann St., 843.577.6989.


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.col­i­se­ 5001 Coli­seum Drive, North Charleston, 843.529.5000.

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