Live Acoustic Music Near Raleigh, North Carolina

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 house concerts being held in and around the Raleigh area that you can check out - you just need to contact the host and ask to be invited.

Several churches and non-profit community groups around Raleigh 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, small theaters and local vineyards and breweries in Raleigh. 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 8, 2019
Playing at The Wake Forest Listening Room at Sugar Magnolia Cafe (Listening Room)
Karyn Oliver is part Joan Osborne, a touch of Janis Joplin and a bit of Emmylou Harris – her seductive voice effortlessly oscillates from bluesy soul to country and back. Oliver's new album, "A List Of Names", is currently charting on both Folk (#8
Dec 8, 2019
Playing at Daniels Auditorium, NC Museum of History (Small Theater)
Dec 11, 2019
Playing at The Kraken (Bar/Nightclub)
Dec 13, 2019
Playing at Lincoln Theatre (Small Theater)
Dec 14, 2019
Playing at The Pinhook (Listening Room)
Dec 14, 2019
Playing at Lincoln Theatre (Small Theater)
Dec 18, 2019
Playing at The Kraken (Bar/Nightclub)
Dec 20, 2019
Playing at The Wake Forest Listening Room at Sugar Magnolia Cafe (Listening Room)
With palpable chemistry and warmth, Chatham Rabbits -- Sarah Osborne McCombie (vocals, banjo) and Austin McCombie (vocals, guitar, fiddle) -- fill each space they enter with brightness and sincerity. They are the stuff duo dreams are made of.
Dec 20, 2019
Playing at The Cary Theater (Small Theater)
Dec 29, 2019
Playing at Motorco Music Hall (Bar/Nightclub)
Jan 10, 2020
Playing at PineCone Down Home Concerts (Small Theater)
Jan 11, 2020
Playing at The Wake Forest Listening Room at Sugar Magnolia Cafe (Listening Room)
Jan 12, 2020
Playing at Daniels Auditorium, NC Museum of History (Small Theater)
Jan 18, 2020
Playing at The Blue Note Grill (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Jan 18, 2020
Playing at Community Church Concerts (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Jan 23, 2020
Playing at Cat's Cradle (Bar/Nightclub)
Jan 24, 2020
Playing at Temple Theater (Small Theater)
Jan 30, 2020
Playing at Motorco Music Hall (Bar/Nightclub)
Feb 9, 2020
Playing at Daniels Auditorium, NC Museum of History (Small Theater)
Feb 16, 2020
Playing at Motorco Music Hall (Bar/Nightclub)
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Places to See Live Acoustic Music in and around Raleigh, NC

House Concerts

Big Porch House Concerts (Durham)

Listening Rooms

The Wake Forest Listening Room at Sugar Magnolia Cafe (Wake Forest)
The Pinhook (Durham)
Bynum Front Porch (Pittsboro)
Joyful Jewel (Pittsboro)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Community Church Concerts (Chapel Hill)
Unity Center of Peace (Chapel Hill)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Berkeley Cafe (Raleigh)
Flying Saucer (Raleigh)
Lorraine's Coffee House and Music (Garner)
Java Jive (Cary)
Wake Forest Coffee Company (Wake Forest)
The Blue Note Grill (Durham)
The Cave Tavern (Chapel Hill)
The Honeysuckle Tea House (Chapel Hill)

Vineyards & Breweries

Fullsteam Brewery (Durham)
Steel String Brewery (Carrboro)
Goat Island Bottle Shop (Rocky Mount)

Small Theaters

Daniels Auditorium, NC Museum of History (Raleigh)
Lincoln Theatre (Raleigh)
PineCone Down Home Concerts (Raleigh)
Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park (Raleigh)
The Garner Performing Arts Center (Garner)
The Cary Theater (Cary)
Sertoma Amphitheatre (Cary)
The Clayton Center (Clayton)
Carolina Theatre (Durham)
Temple Theater (Sanford)

Bars & Nightclubs

The Pour House (Raleigh)
KINGS (Raleigh)
Motorco Music Hall (Durham)
Local 506 (Chapel Hill)
Cat's Cradle (Carrboro)
2nd Wind (Carrboro)
The Kraken (Chapel Hill)
Haw River Ballroom (Saxapahaw)