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 and small theaters 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

Apr 18, 2019
Playing at Amazing Things Art Center (Small Theater)
Apr 20, 2019
Playing at Open Book Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Apr 20, 2019
Playing at Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Apr 24, 2019
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Apr 25, 2019
Playing at Cafe 939 (College/University)
Apr 25, 2019
Playing at Patti's Place House Concerts (House Concert)
Apr 25, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Apr 26, 2019
Playing at Me and Thee Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Apr 26, 2019
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Apr 26, 2019
Playing at Blue Ocean Music Hall (Bar/Nightclub)
Apr 27, 2019
Playing at John Henry's Hammer Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Apr 27, 2019
Playing at The Hearing Room (Listening Room)
Apr 27, 2019
Playing at Toad (Bar/Nightclub)
Apr 27, 2019
Playing at New Revival Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Apr 27, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Apr 27, 2019
Playing at Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Apr 27, 2019
Playing at OCC Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Apr 28, 2019
Playing at Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Apr 28, 2019
Playing at Folk Song Society of Greater Boston (Folk Music Society)
Apr 30, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
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Places to See Live Acoustic Music in and around Boston, MA

House Concerts

Braintree Folk (Braintree)
Musical Chairs House Concerts (Lexington)
Kiva House Concerts (Billerica)
Lakeview House Concerts (Sharon)
Fox Run Concerts (Sudbury)
Front Street Concerts (Hopkinton)
Cherry Bridge House Concerts (Bridgewater)
South Shore Folk Music Club - Beal House (Kingston)
Upton House Concerts (Upton)
Borrowed House Concerts (Plaistow)
Studio 84 House Concerts (Middleborough)
Patti's Place House Concerts (Seekonk)

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)
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 Acoustic Lounge (Plymouth)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Second Friday Coffeehouse (Belmont)
Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Wakefield)
Homegrown Coffeehouse (Needham)
Temple Isaiah Coffeehouse (Lexington)
Ivy Chord Coffeehouse (Reading)
Coffeehouse Off the Square (Hingham)
Open Book Coffeehouse (Canton)
Me and Thee Coffeehouse (Marblehead)
North Reading Community Coffeehouse (North Reading)
Maple Street Congregational Church (Danvers)
Not Just Another Coffeehouse (Sharon)
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)
New Moon Coffeehouse (Haverhill)
Third Floor Coffeehouse (Northborough)
Old Sloop Coffeehouse (Rockport)
Simple Gifts Coffee House (Nashua)
Stone Soup Coffeehouse (Pawtucket)
John Henry's Hammer Coffeehouse (Worcester)

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)
The Sinclair (Cambridge)
The Burren (Somerville)
Dedham Square Coffeehouse (Dedham)
Three Squares Craft Kitchen & Cocktails (Needham)
The Gulu-Gulu Cafe (Salem)
Stoughton House of Brews (Stoughton)
Serendipity Cafe (Maynard)
Coffee Coffee (Salem)
The Bull Run Restaurant (Shirley)
Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar (Nashua)
Somethin's Brewin Book Cafe (Lakeville)
Bull Mansion (Worcester)

Libraries

Concerts in the Courtyard at Boston Public Library (Boston)
Morrill Memorial Library (Norwood)
Franklin Public Library (Franklin)
Middleborough Public Library (Middleborough)
Plymouth Public Library (Plymouth)

Small Theaters

The Center for Arts in Natick (Natick)
The Cabot (Beverly)
Amazing Things Art Center (Framingham)
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)
Tupelo Music Hall (Londonderry)

Outdoor Music Series

Maudslay Arts Center (Newburyport)

Bars & Nightclubs

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