Upper King Street in downtown Charleston has one cultural gem that is hard to miss: the Charleston Music Hall (CMH), a place where live music flows from the artist to the audience and both historical elegance and modernity combine to create an unforgettable experience. In addition, the hall proudly hosts some of the best acoustics in the whole of Charleston. It’s no wonder then that the CMH’s mission to “create extraordinary artistic and theatrical experiences and promote the finest local, regional, and national acts” is embodied in every aspect of the center, from the architecture to the cutting-edge equipment.
Charleston Music Hall History
In a historical city like Charleston, it’s common to find ancient buildings on almost every street. In 1850 the Tower Depot was opened for the first time to cater for passengers of the South Carolina Railroad. It had a three-story tower and its architecture was more of a gothic revival style. But after the Civil War, the depot was closed down then an earthquake brought down the tower in 1886. For almost a century the building was empty and dilapidated. Until in 1995 the Bennett-Hofford Company bought it and converted it into a music hall.
Best Friend Program
The Best Friend Program is a loyalty program that gives you the opportunity to book seats 24 hours before they go public. It’s a way for you to consider yourself a promoter of arts because you will also receive a T-shirt and a sticker that proclaims you a friend of Charleston Music Hall. And if you’re wondering where the name of the program came from, it’s from a train that used to stop at the current location. The name of the train was “Best Friend”. The program comes in two varieties: “The Front Row Program” and “The Premium Program.”
Variety of Shows
Right from the start, CMH had aimed to provide a unique musical experience to its audience. That meant more than just live musical performances by local and regional artists. Offering a mix of live music and musicals such as Grease is just one way of shedding new light on old gems. Movies are also screened sometimes with live performances either before or after the movie.
When you are in Charleston, you can’t miss an evening of live music at Charleston Music Hall. With the best acoustics in town, you’re in for a great night. Call us today for more information about similar attractions in Charleston.