Live Acoustic Music Near Boston, 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 Boston 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 Boston 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, small theaters and local vineyards and breweries in Boston. Restaurants and cafes around town 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 16, 2019
Playing at Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Somerville Armory (Listening Room)
Oct 16, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Oct 17, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Oct 17, 2019
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Oct 18, 2019
Playing at Me and Thee Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Oct 18, 2019
Playing at Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Oct 18, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Oct 18, 2019
Playing at The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Oct 18, 2019
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Oct 18, 2019
Playing at Lizard Lounge (Listening Room)
Oct 19, 2019
Playing at Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Oct 19, 2019
Playing at Cranberry County House Concerts (House Concert)
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 The Gulu-Gulu Cafe (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Oct 19, 2019
Playing at The Bluemoon Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Oct 19, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Oct 19, 2019
Playing at Rose Garden Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Oct 19, 2019
Playing at Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Oct 19, 2019
Playing at Regent Theatre (Small Theater)
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Places to See Live Acoustic Music in and around Boston, 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)
Studio 84 House Concerts (Middleborough)
Cranberry County House Concerts (Carver)
Patti's Place House Concerts (Seekonk)
Sleepy Hollow House Concerts (Chester)

Listening Rooms

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

Folk Music Coffeehouses

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

Folk Music Societies

Folk Song Society of Greater Boston (Watertown)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

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

Vineyards & Breweries

Running Brook Vineyard & Winery (Dartmouth)

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)
Warwick Public Library (Warwick)

Small Theaters

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

Outdoor Music Series

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

Bars & Nightclubs

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