From reggae to rock, jazz to opera, no matter what kind of music lights your fire, you're sure to find it somewhere in West Virginia. And if you want traditional homespun American sound, you've come to the right place. Below are 9 of the best music venues in the state in a variety of locations, from hidden gems to public and internationally-recognized venues.
Originally built in 1890s, the buildings found here at 123 Pleasant Street were Morgantown's first major apartment buildings. Over 60 different venues have utilized these buildings, but over time, they fell into disrepair and were scheduled for demolition until they were saved through an effort to preserve them in 1998. The new owner has been successful in combining the history and music of the area.
With an indoor stage and outdoor bar area, this music venue is a favorite of locals and offers a varied schedule of acts ranging from heavy metal to reggae. Better call ahead if you want seats, though, as the popular music acts are usually standing room only.
Although only open April through mid-October, the Rendezvous Lodge is worth a trip to enjoy great music, the multi-level decks, and the riverside bar area. Mainly offering bluegrass, visitors can hear some of the best Appalachian music and there's plenty of sightseeing opportunities with the nearby New River Gorge.
Once a small general store, the Purple Fiddle has become known as a hidden hot spot for local music of every kind. Family-friendly and smoke-free, this music venue offers some of the best beer around, too, and if you just can't pull yourself away after a night of fun, they have a hostel and guesthouse available.
The Empty Glass in Charleston, West Virginia is one of the best places to find live music, and they have it seven days a week. If you love all kinds of music, enjoy good food and a great atmosphere, then party on down to the Empty Glass!
No, it's not THAT Carnegie Hall, but you won't be disappointed. One of four Carnegie Halls around the globe, this Carnegie Hall is regional center for performing arts, is family-friendly, and known for the Annual Lewisburg Music Festival. A trip to Lewisburg wouldn't be complete without stopping by for a good sampling of Appalachian music.
Originally built in 1907 and known as The Grand, there isn't a bad seat anywhere in this quaint opera house known for old-time Appalachian music and bluegrass. Open for impromptu jam sessions or private rentals, it's very family friendly, too, and kids under 17 are admitted free.
Step back in time with old-time music in historic O'Hurley's of Shepherdstown, West Virginia. You can tap your toes, stomp your feet, or just sit by the fire. And it's anything goes on Thursday nights when visitors can bring their own instruments and join the fun. Not a place to miss!
From novice to famous, Charleston's Mountain Stage has been the premier venue for live American music for over 30 years. Heard around the world on more than 150 radio stations, the two-hour performances are given year-round through the West Virginia Public Broadcasting and National Public radio.