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. 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 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

Featured

Feb 14, 2020
Playing at The Hearing Room (Listening Room)
Recalling Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, and Cat Stevens, Joe's music is rooted in classic folk: honest and raw.
Jan 29, 2020
Playing at The Sinclair (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Jan 30, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Jan 30, 2020
Playing at Firehouse Center for the Arts (Small Theater)
Jan 31, 2020
Playing at Firehouse Center for the Arts (Small Theater)
Jan 31, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Feb 1, 2020
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Feb 1, 2020
Playing at Musical Chairs House Concert Series (House Concert)
Feb 2, 2020
Playing at Lakeview House Concerts (House Concert)
Feb 4, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Feb 5, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Winner of seven International Bluegrass Music Association Bass Player of the Year awards, Missy Raines has proven herself without doubt as an iconic bluegrass instrumentalist.
Feb 5, 2020
Playing at Columbus Theater (Concert Hall)
Feb 6, 2020
Playing at The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Feb 6, 2020
Playing at Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Somerville Armory (Listening Room)
Feb 6, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Feb 6, 2020
Playing at The Stomping Ground (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Feb 6, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Feb 7, 2020
Playing at Askew (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Wayne has been called "The King of Juke Joint swing, with a genuine affinity for stomping rockabilly, Western swing, blues, and old-timey country.
Feb 7, 2020
Playing at The Vanilla Bean (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Susan Cattaneo is one of Boston’s most respected singer-songwriters. An award-winning artist who is respectful of tradition, but not bound by it, Susan blends rock, folk and blues with a healthy dose of country. Call it New England Americana with a twa
Feb 7, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Feb 7, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Feb 7, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Feb 8, 2020
Playing at Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Feb 8, 2020
Playing at Homegrown Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Feb 8, 2020
Playing at Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Feb 9, 2020
Playing at Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Feb 9, 2020
Playing at Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Feb 9, 2020
Playing at The Sinclair (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Feb 11, 2020
Playing at Carriage House Concerts at Gore Place (Listening Room)
Fiddler & Folksinger Emerald Rae commands a variety of folk styles, pairing ornamented vocals with groovy percussive fiddle.
Feb 13, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Feb 13, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Feb 14, 2020
Playing at Lizard Lounge (Listening Room)
Feb 14, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Wild Maple's lively, innovative acoustic sound is derived from a spectrum of musical influences including Americana, Traditional Irish/English folk music, Blues, and popular music of the western hemisphere from the late 20th century. Wonderful two and th
Feb 15, 2020
Playing at News Cafe (Bar/Nightclub)
Feb 15, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Feb 15, 2020
Playing at Mt Toby Concerts (House Concert)
Feb 15, 2020
Playing at Not Just Another Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Feb 18, 2020
Playing at Midway Cafe (Listening Room)
Feb 20, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Feb 20, 2020
Playing at The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
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Places to See Live Acoustic Music
in and around Harvard, MA

House Concerts

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)
Sleepy Hollow House Concerts (Chester)
Debs Chesham House Concerts (Chesham)
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)
City Winery (Boston)
Bass Hall at Monadnock Center for History and Culture (Peterborough)
Old Meetinghouse (Francestown)
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)
Third Floor Coffeehouse (Northborough)
Steeple Coffeehouse (Southborough)
Temple Isaiah Coffeehouse (Lexington)
John Henry's Hammer Coffeehouse (Worcester)
Second Friday Coffeehouse (Belmont)
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)
Open Book Coffeehouse (Canton)
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)

Folk Music Societies

Folk Song Society of Greater Boston (Watertown)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

The Bull Run Restaurant (Shirley)
Serendipity Cafe (Maynard)
Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar (Nashua)
Three Squares Craft Kitchen & Cocktails (Needham)
Town Tavern (Arlington)
The Burren (Somerville)
The Sinclair (Cambridge)
Life Alive (Cambridge)
Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Cambridge)
Atwoods Tavern (Cambridge)
Dedham Square Coffeehouse (Dedham)
The Bebop (Boston)
The Square Root Café (Boston)
Walnut Street Coffee Cafe (Lynn)
Harlow's Pub (Peterborough)
The Gulu-Gulu Cafe (Salem)
Stoughton House of Brews (Stoughton)
The Stomping Ground (Putnam)
The Vanilla Bean (Pomfret)
The Farm Cafe at the Toadstool Bookstore (Keene)
Askew (Providence)
The Montague Bookmill (Montague)

Libraries

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

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)
News Cafe (Pawtucket)
Blue Ocean Music Hall (Salisbury)
Fete Music Hall (Providence)