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Best Jazz & Blues Club
The Commodore

The aesthetic of The Commodore music club is as unmistakable as the powerhouse talents of the performers, making it a staple of the late night scene. “The design certainly plays off the feel the music creates,” said co-owner Taylor Grant, who opened The Commodore in 2016 with Robbie Marty. It was originally a jazz club called Touch of Class. “The energy of the space was created by Touch of Class, our goal has always been to simply continue it,” he said. The character of the beloved Commodore comes from the musicians that call Charleston home and the history given to the venue by the previous artists who performed on its stage. It all ties together to make a fun, unique experience night after night. Having made it through the shutdown to return to the consistent rotation of acts each week, Grant said pandemic taught him three lessons: “You never know. Be prepared for anything. Expect everything.”