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Most beginning or small-scale musicians will tell you that one of the hardest parts of the job is not knowing if you’re going to make enough money to pay for rent, let alone something like health insurance. Good thing Charleston has CHARMED Live Music Week, four days of concerts by over a dozen local artists, from Wed. March 23 to Sat. March 26, all performing for the benefit of CHARM, Charleston Health Alliance for Regional Musicians — a non-profit group that helps provide subsidies, referrals, and emergency funding for musicians that cannot otherwise afford insurance. 

CHARM is the brainchild of This is Noteworthy — a local nonprofit incubator that supports the collective and collaborative growth of the live music eco-system by providing media, health, education, and creative place-making programs. This year, This is Noteworthy joined up with Gigdawg — a new app connecting musicians, venues, and fans within the local community — to present CHARMED Live Music Week. 

The first show is tonight, Wed. March 23 with soul-and-blues stunners Gracie Curran and the High Falutin’ playing at Home Team BBQ downtown at 9:30 p.m.

On Thursday, head to the Pour House for rock ‘n’ roll with the Steppin’ Stones, the Vegabonds, and PIANO at 9 p.m. Or check out the High Divers at the Windjammer at 9 p.m.

Friday is chock-full of shows with Sideshow Americans, Josh Roberts and the Hinges, and Jordan Igoe at Charleston Music Hall at 8 p.m., while over at Boone’s Bar and Grill, members of Dan’s Tramp Stamp will perform at 4 p.m.

Saturday’s shows include the Sweetgrass Revival at the Shelter from 12 p.m.-3 p.m., and Will Goss will take over the stage at 10 p.m. Back at the Windjammer, ’80s hair-metal gods Glamnation will head-bang into the night beginning at 10:30 p.m. And at 9 p.m. at the Royal American, a Coast Records showcase will feature Chris Wilcox & Tom Mackell, the Give & Take, and Kyle Ray Brookes.

Check out one show or all of them, knowing that a portion of the proceeds will help provide healthcare for the local musicians who work hard to chase their dreams and give us a reason to dance.

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