Live Acoustic Music Near Arlington, Massachusetts

If you've never experienced hearing talented musicians perform in a small, intimate environment, you are in for a treat.

House concerts are a growing trend across the country, where people invite friends and neighbors into their homes for an up-close concert experience. And there are many house concerts being held in and around the Arlington area that you can check out - you just need to contact the host and ask to be invited.

Many churches and non-profit community groups around Arlington host occasional coffeehouses that feature traditional folk musicians and other acoustic artists as a way of bringing the community together. Many local libraries also host free concerts that are open to the general public.

In addition, live acoustic music can be heard in many listening rooms and small theaters in and around the Arlington area. Restaurants and cafes in the area sometimes also host nationally touring musicians.

Below you can find a listing of upcoming shows in these smaller venues by nationally and internationally touring artists.

Upcoming Acoustic Shows

Oct 19, 2019
Playing at Cranberry County House Concerts (House Concert)
Oct 19, 2019
Playing at Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Oct 19, 2019
Playing at The Bluemoon Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Oct 19, 2019
Playing at Regent Theatre (Small Theater)
Oct 19, 2019
Playing at Not Just Another Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Oct 19, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Oct 19, 2019
Playing at The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Oct 19, 2019
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Oct 19, 2019
Playing at Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Oct 19, 2019
Playing at The Gulu-Gulu Cafe (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Oct 19, 2019
Playing at Rose Garden Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Oct 19, 2019
Playing at Not Just Another Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Oct 19, 2019
Playing at Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Oct 20, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Oct 20, 2019
Playing at Lakeview House Concerts (House Concert)
Oct 20, 2019
Playing at Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center (Small Theater)
Oct 20, 2019
Playing at Lakeview House Concerts (House Concert)
Oct 21, 2019
Playing at Cafe 939 (College/University)
Oct 22, 2019
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Oct 22, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
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Places to See Live Acoustic Music in and around Arlington, MA

House Concerts

The Rec Room House Concerts (Belmont)
Musical Chairs House Concerts (Lexington)
Lakeview House Concerts (Sharon)
Front Street Concerts (Hopkinton)
Upton House Concerts (Upton)
Borrowed House Concerts (Plaistow)
Sleepy Hollow House Concerts (Chester)
Studio 84 House Concerts (Middleborough)
Patti's Place House Concerts (Seekonk)
Cranberry County House Concerts (Carver)

Listening Rooms

Lizard Lounge (Cambridge)
Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Somerville Armory (Somerville)
Club Passim (Cambridge)
Thunder Road (Somerville)
Carriage House Concerts at Gore Place (Waltham)
City Winery (Boston)
VFW Salem, Massachusetts (Salem)
Chelmsford Center for the Arts (Chelmsford)
9 Wallis (Beverly)
The Hearing Room (Lowell)
River Club Music Hall (Scituate)
Soule Homestead Summer Concert Series (Middleborough)
The Word Barn (Exeter)
The Collaborative 02885 (Warren)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Second Friday Coffeehouse (Belmont)
Temple Isaiah Coffeehouse (Lexington)
Ivy Chord Coffeehouse (Reading)
Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Wakefield)
Homegrown Coffeehouse (Needham)
North Reading Community Coffeehouse (North Reading)
First Parish of Sudbury Coffee House (Sudbury)
Braintree Folk at All Souls Church Coffeehouse (Braintree)
Me and Thee Coffeehouse (Marblehead)
Open Book Coffeehouse (Canton)
New Revival Coffeehouse (Stow)
Westford Parish Center For The Arts (Westford)
Crossroads Music Series (North Andover)
Not Just Another Coffeehouse (Sharon)
Steeple Coffeehouse (Southborough)
Wachusett Music Series (Harvard)
The Bluemoon Coffeehouse (Rockland)
Javawocky Coffeehouse (Brockton)
OCC Coffeehouse (Wrentham)
Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (Franklin)
Third Floor Coffeehouse (Northborough)
Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse (Byfield)
Rose Garden Coffeehouse (Mansfield)
The Old New Coffeehouse (Salisbury)
Off the Common Coffeehouse (Bridgewater)
Old Sloop Coffeehouse (Rockport)
John Henry's Hammer Coffeehouse (Worcester)
Stone Soup Coffeehouse (Pawtucket)
First Friday Coffeehouse, Exeter, New Hampshire (Exeter)

Folk Music Societies

Folk Song Society of Greater Boston (Watertown)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Town Tavern (Arlington)
The Burren (Somerville)
The Sinclair (Cambridge)
Life Alive (Cambridge)
Atwoods Tavern (Cambridge)
Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Cambridge)
The Bebop (Boston)
Three Squares Craft Kitchen & Cocktails (Needham)
Walnut Street Coffee Cafe (Lynn)
Dedham Square Coffeehouse (Dedham)
The Gulu-Gulu Cafe (Salem)
Serendipity Cafe (Maynard)
Stoughton House of Brews (Stoughton)
The Bull Run Restaurant (Shirley)
Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar (Nashua)
Bull Mansion (Worcester)
Somethin's Brewin Book Cafe (Lakeville)
Portsmouth Book and Bar (Portsmouth)

Libraries

Concerts in the Courtyard at Boston Public Library (Boston)
Morrill Memorial Library (Norwood)
Holliston Public Library (Holliston)
Franklin Public Library (Franklin)
Plymouth Public Library (Plymouth)
Wilton Folk Cafe (Wilton)

Small Theaters

Regent Theatre (Arlington)
The Center for Arts in Natick (Natick)
Amazing Things Art Center (Framingham)
The Cabot (Beverly)
Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center (Foxborough)
Firehouse Center for the Arts (Newburyport)
Shalin Liu Performance Center (Rockport)
Narrows Center For the Arts (Fall River)
Blackstone River Theater (Cumberland)
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Plymouth)
AS220 (Providence)
The Music Hall (Portsmouth)

Outdoor Music Series

West Newbury Community Bandstand Summer Concerts (West Newbury)
Maudslay Arts Center (Newburyport)

Bars & Nightclubs

Toad (Cambridge)
Cantab Lounge (Cambridge)
Brighton Music Hall (Allston)
Blue Ocean Music Hall (Salisbury)
Fete Music Hall (Providence)