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

Jun 6, 2020
Streaming in partnership with Club Passim (Listening Room)
Jun 11, 2020
Playing at Askew (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
“not only a huge reservoir of musical talent and voice w bell-like clarity, but a keen sense of global concern & a fierce intellect... might seem too good to be true, but true it is”-Acoustic Live
Jun 11, 2020
Streaming in partnership with Club Passim (Listening Room)
Jun 17, 2020
Streaming in partnership with Club Passim (Listening Room)
Jun 18, 2020
Playing at The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Jun 20, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Jun 21, 2020
Playing at Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Jun 27, 2020
Playing at The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Jun 28, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Aug 12, 2020
Playing at Serendipity Cafe (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
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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 Concert Series (Lexington)
Zeitgeist Concerts (Acton)
Lakeview House Concerts (Sharon)
Front Street Concerts (Hopkinton)
Upton House Concerts (Upton)
Borrowed House Concerts (Plaistow)
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)
The Lilypad (Cambridge)
City Winery (Boston)
VFW Salem, Massachusetts (Salem)
Chelmsford Center for the Arts (Chelmsford)
9 Wallis (Beverly)
The Hearing Room (Lowell)
Indian Hill Music (Littleton)
River Club Music Hall (Scituate)
Soule Homestead Summer Concert Series (Middleborough)
The Word Barn (Exeter)
Galactic Theatre (Warren)
The Collaborative 02885 (Warren)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

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)
New Revival Coffeehouse (Stow)
Coffeehouse Off the Square (Hingham)
Westford Parish Center For The Arts (Westford)
Crossroads Music Series (North Andover)
Not Just Another Coffeehouse (Sharon)
Wachusett Music Series (Harvard)
Open Road Coffeehouse (Rockland)
The Bluemoon Coffeehouse (Rockland)
Javawocky Coffeehouse (Brockton)
OCC Coffeehouse (Wrentham)
Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (Franklin)
New Moon Coffeehouse (Haverhill)
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)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Town Tavern (Arlington)
The Burren (Somerville)
The Sinclair (Cambridge)
Atwoods Tavern (Cambridge)
Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Cambridge)
House of Blues Boston (Boston)
The Bebop (Boston)
The Square Root Café (Boston)
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)
Askew (Providence)
Portsmouth Book and Bar (Portsmouth)


Holliston Public Library (Holliston)
Harvard Public Library (Harvard)
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)
Tupelo Music Hall (Londonderry)
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)
Mr. Dooley's Boston (Boston)
Blue Ocean Music Hall (Salisbury)
News Cafe (Pawtucket)
Fete Music Hall (Providence)