Music spills from bars, restaurants and venues every night of the week across the Holy City. Songwriters night at Chico Feo. Sunday afternoon rhythm and blues and Monday night hip-hop at the Pour House. Jazz fusion concerts at Forte Jazz Lounge. Raucous rock shows at The Royal American. Alternative shows at Purple Buffalo and LO-Fi Brewing. Punk shows at Tin Roof. Funk shows at The Commodore. Southern rock and Americana jams at Awendaw Green.

“The most important musical event in Charleston history is the 96 WaveFest at Brittlebank Park featuring Screaming Trees, Matthew Sweet and Cracker,” said longtime deejay Jim “The Critic” Voigt of 105.5 The Bridge. “That proved Charleston was a viable concert destination for national touring bands in the decade to follow, which would explode musically.”

Yep, Charleston’s music scene over the last 25 years is nothing less than impressive. Here are some highlights:

By 1997, 96 WaveFest was bringing in acts like Hootie and the Blowfish, The Meat Puppets and Joan Osborne 

1993-1997: 96 WaveFest

Charleston alternative rock radio station WAVF “96 Wave” launched 96 WaveFest in 1993 and it continued every year through 1997. 96 WaveFest lineups included Drivin’ N Cryin’, CAKE, Wilco, Butthole Surfers, Joan Osborne, Semisonic, Ben Folds Five, David Byrne, Blue Dogs, 3 Doors Down, Stone Temple Pilots, Cowboy Mouth, 311, Puddle of Mudd and many more. 96 Wave radio was a fixture in the Lowcountry since 1985 before it met its demise in 2007.

1997: Keb Mo at Charleston Music Hall

After the Charleston Music Hall’s (CMH) resident big band cabaret-style show, “Serenade,” closed downtown, Rob Lamble’s Ear For Music booked five-time Grammy Award-winning blues musician Keb Mo to help promote the CMH’s stage. “We probably did 100 to 150 shows in there,” Lamble said. “Now Charles [Carmody] and his team have done a wonderful job of keeping the venue alive. It’s living and breathing. It’s one of the best places in town.”