Charleston, WV

Ten live music events in Charleston, WV this weekend: September 17-19

Megan Hippler
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Charleston, West Virginia is jam packed with music events this weekend.

With music ranging from metal and punk, to alt-country and blues, to jazz and blues, to Celtic punk and folk-punk, whether you want to be in a bar, a restaurant, an amphitheater, or the comfort of your own home, there's sure to be an event for you.

Sound Checks

Kick off a weekend early with a Thursday night performance. The latest in the Clay Center’s Sound Checks concert series starts with Huntington’s Americana singer-songwriter Emmy Davis. Then Americana duo Underhill Rose will bring their heartfelt lyrics, soulful harmonies, and inspired banjo-and-acoustic guitar melodies. The music starts at 7:30pm in the sculpture garden, and tickets are $23.50. Tickets and more information are available on the Clay Center’s website.

Beats, Blues, & BBQ

At 6pm Friday evening, blues and barbecue lovers should head to The Hale Street Center for a fundraiser to benefit The Healing House, a Charleston area holistic healing center dedicated to serving women impacted by trauma. The “blues” portion of the evening will be led by the soul band The Unit, and the “beats” will be brought by DJ Rico. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets and more information are available on The Healing House’s website.

Live on the Levee

Also on Friday evening, the Live on the Levee concert series continues at the Schoenbaum Stage at Haddad Riverfront Park. Southern West Virginia’s alt-country band Matt Mullins & Bringdowns will take to the stage at 6:30pm. Then Kentucky rock n’ soul band Sasha Colette & The Magnolias will get the audience on their feet. The event is free, open to all ages, and fully outdoors. More information on the event is available on the Live on the Levee website.

Acoustic Fusion

For those who prefer dinner with their music, the duo Acoustic Fusion will be serenading diners at the Bridge Road Bistro. Their acoustic voices, guitar, and harmonica are sure to make dinnertime special. The music starts Friday at 7pm. More information is available on the Facebook event page.

Ghost:Hello + Phasm + Hurl Brickbat

Grunge music fans can head to Charleston’s East Side Friday night to catch a triple-act at The Empty Glass. Come to hear grunge-inspired space rock band Ghost:Hello, punk and metal band Phasm, and grunge and progressive rock band Hurl Brickbat. The show starts at 9:00pm, and tickets are $7 on The Empty Glass’ website or at the door. More information is available on the Facebook event for the show.

The Charleston Rogues

For those looking for a Celtic twist on their music, head to Sam’s Uptown Cafe Friday night to catch The Charleston Rogues in their Halfway to St. Patrick’ Day celebration. This eight-person band are a tribute band to the Celtic punk band the Pogues, but the Rogues don’t shy away from original songs, traditional Celtic jigs, and even the occasional country song to keep things lively. The music starts at 10pm, and tickets are $5 at the door. More information is available on the Facebook event for the show.

Stolen Moments Jazz Quartet

Saturday evening hungry music lovers can head to the West Side of Charleston to catch Stolen Moments Jazz Quartet on the outdoor stage at the Mexican restaurant Mi Cocina de Amor. The music starts at 6pm. More information is available on the Facebook event page.

Three's Company Blues + Spencer Elliot Trio

At 9pm Saturday, head to the Empty Glass for another double-act. The music will kick off at 9pm with Charleston guitarist/composer Spencer Elliot and his new trio (Chris Hudson on drums and Sean Sydnor on bass). Then West Virginia blues rock band Three’s Company Blues will take the stage with their soulful vocals, fast-paced guitars, and unique original and cover songs. The show is free, and more information is available on the Facebook event for the show.

Mountain Stage

On Sunday evening, Mountain Stage returns to the Culture Center Theater for the latest in their concert series. Hosted by Kathy Mattea, the concert is recorded in front of a live audience for later release on NPR Music and the Mountain Stage podcast. Because of the continued rise in Covid-19 cases in West Virginia, only half of the in-person tickets will be available for this show , but live-stream tickets are also available on a donation-based pay-what-you-want rate. Tickets are $29 and available on the Mountain Stage website.

This show will host folk, blues, alt-country singer and future Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee Todd Snider. Representing international musicians are Canadian roots singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards and Irish singer-songwriter and band frontman Mick Flannery. The folk-punk musician Sunny War, and indie folk-bluegrass-classical band The Accidentals round out the five act line up.

Post-Mountain Stage Jam

After Mountain Stage, music lovers can head to The Empty Glass for the post-show jam session at 10pm. Local gospel-soul band The Carpenter Ants will host, and any acts from Mountain Stage are invited to show up and jam. This event typically charges a small cover fee that’s discounted further for those who attended Mountain Stage. More information is available on the Facebook event page.

Bonus: ZZTop

Tuesday September 21st rock band ZZTop will perform at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center at 7 pm. Tickets are still available.


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