Live Acoustic Music Near Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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 Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth host occasional coffeehouses that feature traditional folk musicians and other acoustic artists as a way of bringing the community together.

In addition, live acoustic music can be heard in many listening rooms and small theaters in Portsmouth. 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

Dec 11, 2019
Playing at Shalin Liu Performance Center (Small Theater)
Dec 12, 2019
Playing at Blue Ocean Music Hall (Bar/Nightclub)
Dec 13, 2019
Playing at The Cabot (Small Theater)
Dec 13, 2019
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Dec 14, 2019
Playing at Chelmsford Center for the Arts (Listening Room)
Dec 14, 2019
Playing at Old Sloop Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Dec 14, 2019
Playing at Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
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
Dec 15, 2019
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Dec 15, 2019
Playing at One Longfellow Square (Listening Room)
Dec 20, 2019
Playing at One Longfellow Square (Listening Room)
Dec 27, 2019
Playing at The Hearing Room (Listening Room)
Dec 27, 2019
Playing at The Cabot (Small Theater)
Dec 28, 2019
Playing at One Longfellow Square (Listening Room)
Dec 28, 2019
Playing at The Gulu-Gulu Cafe (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Willie T & Doctor X are a dynamic acoustic rock/folk/blues duo, performing an interesting and exciting mix of original songs and off the beaten track covers. Their music evokes an overall 1970s roots-rock feel
Dec 29, 2019
Playing at Press Room Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Dec 29, 2019
Playing at One Longfellow Square (Listening Room)
GoldenOak is an Indie/Soul/Folk band based out of Portland, Maine and fronted by siblings Zak and Lena Kendall.
Jan 10, 2020
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Jan 12, 2020
Playing at Firehouse Center for the Arts (Small Theater)
Jan 15, 2020
Playing at VFW Salem, Massachusetts (Listening Room)
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
Jan 24, 2020
Playing at One Longfellow Square (Listening Room)
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Places to See Live Acoustic Music in and around Portsmouth, NH

House Concerts

Borrowed House Concerts (Plaistow)
Sleepy Hollow House Concerts (Chester)
Yurt Concerts (Parsonsfield)
The Greenhouse studio (Gilford)
Three Pork Hill (Ossipee)
Musical Chairs House Concert Series (Lexington)

Listening Rooms

3S Artspace (Portsmouth)
The Word Barn (Exeter)
9 Wallis (Beverly)
VFW Salem, Massachusetts (Salem)
The Hearing Room (Lowell)
Chelmsford Center for the Arts (Chelmsford)
One Longfellow Square (Portland)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

First Friday Coffeehouse, Exeter, New Hampshire (Exeter)
The Old New Coffeehouse (Salisbury)
Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse (Byfield)
Old Sloop Coffeehouse (Rockport)
Crossroads Music Series (North Andover)
North Reading Community Coffeehouse (North Reading)
Me and Thee Coffeehouse (Marblehead)
Birds and Beans Coffeehouse (Concord)
Ivy Chord Coffeehouse (Reading)
Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Wakefield)
Westford Parish Center For The Arts (Westford)
Temple Isaiah Coffeehouse (Lexington)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Portsmouth Book and Bar (Portsmouth)
Press Room Restaurant (Portsmouth)
Flight Coffee (Dover)
The Gulu-Gulu Cafe (Salem)
Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar (Nashua)
Walnut Street Coffee Cafe (Lynn)
Andy's Old Port Pub (Portland)
Town Tavern (Arlington)

Small Theaters

The Music Hall (Portsmouth)
Firehouse Center for the Arts (Newburyport)
Shalin Liu Performance Center (Rockport)
Tupelo Music Hall (Londonderry)
The Cabot (Beverly)
Apohadion Theatre (Portland)
Regent Theatre (Arlington)

Outdoor Music Series

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

Bars & Nightclubs

Blue Ocean Music Hall (Salisbury)
Empire (Portland)