Live Acoustic Music Near Harvard, 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 Harvard 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 Harvard host occasional coffeehouses that feature traditional folk musicians and other acoustic artists as a way of bringing the community together. Several 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 Harvard 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

May 30, 2020
Streaming in partnership with Club Passim (Listening Room)
Jun 4, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Jun 5, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Jun 10, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Jun 11, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
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 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 Harvard, MA

House Concerts

Zeitgeist Concerts (Acton)
Musical Chairs House Concert Series (Lexington)
Front Street Concerts (Hopkinton)
The Rec Room House Concerts (Belmont)
Upton House Concerts (Upton)
Lakeview House Concerts (Sharon)
Borrowed House Concerts (Plaistow)
Patti's Place House Concerts (Seekonk)
Burritoville House Concerts (Sullivan)
Mt Toby Concerts (Leverett)

Listening Rooms

Indian Hill Music (Littleton)
Chelmsford Center for the Arts (Chelmsford)
The Hearing Room (Lowell)
Carriage House Concerts at Gore Place (Waltham)
Lizard Lounge (Cambridge)
Club Passim (Cambridge)
Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Somerville Armory (Somerville)
Thunder Road (Somerville)
The Lilypad (Cambridge)
City Winery (Boston)
Bass Hall at Monadnock Center for History and Culture (Peterborough)
VFW Salem, Massachusetts (Salem)
9 Wallis (Beverly)
1794 Meetinghouse (New Salem)
River Club Music Hall (Scituate)
The Word Barn (Exeter)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Wachusett Music Series (Harvard)
New Revival Coffeehouse (Stow)
Westford Parish Center For The Arts (Westford)
First Parish of Sudbury Coffee House (Sudbury)
John Henry's Hammer Coffeehouse (Worcester)
Homegrown Coffeehouse (Needham)
Ivy Chord Coffeehouse (Reading)
Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Wakefield)
North Reading Community Coffeehouse (North Reading)
Crossroads Music Series (North Andover)
Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (Franklin)
New Moon Coffeehouse (Haverhill)
OCC Coffeehouse (Wrentham)
Not Just Another Coffeehouse (Sharon)
Braintree Folk at All Souls Church Coffeehouse (Braintree)
Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse (Byfield)
Me and Thee Coffeehouse (Marblehead)
Rose Garden Coffeehouse (Mansfield)
Coffeehouse Off the Square (Hingham)
Javawocky Coffeehouse (Brockton)
The Old New Coffeehouse (Salisbury)
Open Road Coffeehouse (Rockland)
The Bluemoon Coffeehouse (Rockland)
Stone Soup Coffeehouse (Pawtucket)
First Friday Coffeehouse, Exeter, New Hampshire (Exeter)
Birds and Beans Coffeehouse (Concord)
Off the Common Coffeehouse (Bridgewater)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

The Bull Run Restaurant (Shirley)
Serendipity Cafe (Maynard)
Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar (Nashua)
Town Tavern (Arlington)
The Burren (Somerville)
The Sinclair (Cambridge)
Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Cambridge)
Atwoods Tavern (Cambridge)
House of Blues Boston (Boston)
Dedham Square Coffeehouse (Dedham)
The Bebop (Boston)
The Square Root Café (Boston)
Walnut Street Coffee Cafe (Lynn)
The Gulu-Gulu Cafe (Salem)
Stoughton House of Brews (Stoughton)
The Stomping Ground (Putnam)
The Vanilla Bean (Pomfret)
Askew (Providence)
The Montague Bookmill (Montague)


Harvard Public Library (Harvard)
Holliston Public Library (Holliston)
Wilton Folk Cafe (Wilton)

Small Theaters

Amazing Things Art Center (Framingham)
The Center for Arts in Natick (Natick)
Regent Theatre (Arlington)
Tupelo Music Hall (Londonderry)
Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center (Foxborough)
The Cabot (Beverly)
Blackstone River Theater (Cumberland)
Firehouse Center for the Arts (Newburyport)
Narrows Center For the Arts (Fall River)
Colonial Theatre (Keene)
AS220 (Providence)

Outdoor Music Series

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

Bars & Nightclubs

Toad (Cambridge)
Brighton Music Hall (Allston)
Cantab Lounge (Cambridge)
Mr. Dooley's Boston (Boston)
News Cafe (Pawtucket)
Blue Ocean Music Hall (Salisbury)
Fete Music Hall (Providence)