Live Acoustic Music Near Salem, 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 Salem 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 Salem 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 Salem 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

Apr 5, 2020
Playing at Lakeview House Concerts (House Concert)
Apr 6, 2020
Playing at The Hearing Room (Listening Room)
Apr 8, 2020
Playing at Press Room Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Apr 8, 2020
Playing at Serendipity Cafe (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Apr 8, 2020
Playing at The Music Hall (Small Theater)
Apr 9, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Apr 9, 2020
Playing at Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Somerville Armory (Listening Room)
Apr 9, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Apr 9, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Apr 10, 2020
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Apr 10, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Apr 10, 2020
Playing at Second Friday Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Apr 11, 2020
Playing at Westford Parish Center For The Arts (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Apr 11, 2020
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Apr 11, 2020
Playing at Open Road Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Apr 13, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Apr 14, 2020
Playing at Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Somerville Armory (Listening Room)
Apr 15, 2020
Playing at Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Apr 16, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Apr 16, 2020
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Apr 17, 2020
Playing at Press Room Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Apr 17, 2020
Playing at Shalin Liu Performance Center (Small Theater)
Apr 18, 2020
Playing at New Moon Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Apr 18, 2020
Playing at Firehouse Center for the Arts (Small Theater)
Rock, jazz, funk and alternative folk, all wrapped in the spirit of the Latin music she grew up with. NPR calls Alisa, “a pitch-perfect rendition of my wildest dreams.”
Apr 18, 2020
Playing at Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Apr 18, 2020
Playing at Press Room Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Apr 18, 2020
Playing at Homegrown Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Apr 18, 2020
Playing at Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Apr 19, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Apr 21, 2020
Playing at The Lilypad (Listening Room)
Apr 21, 2020
Playing at Lizard Lounge (Listening Room)
Rock, jazz, funk and alternative folk, all wrapped in the spirit of the Latin music she grew up with. NPR calls Alisa, “a pitch-perfect rendition of my wildest dreams.”
Apr 23, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Apr 24, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Apr 24, 2020
Playing at Indian Hill Music (Listening Room)
Apr 24, 2020
Playing at The Sinclair (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Apr 24, 2020
Playing at Me and Thee Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
GoldenOak is an Indie/Soul/Folk band based out of Portland, Maine and fronted by siblings Zak and Lena Kendall.
Apr 25, 2020
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Apr 25, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Apr 26, 2020
Playing at Blackstone River Theater (Small Theater)
Apr 27, 2020
Playing at Coffeehouse at the Mews (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
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Places to See Live Acoustic Music
in and around Salem, MA

House Concerts

The Rec Room House Concerts (Belmont)
Musical Chairs House Concert Series (Lexington)
Borrowed House Concerts (Plaistow)
Zeitgeist Concerts (Acton)
Lakeview House Concerts (Sharon)
Sleepy Hollow House Concerts (Chester)
Front Street Concerts (Hopkinton)
Upton House Concerts (Upton)
Studio 84 House Concerts (Middleborough)
Cranberry County House Concerts (Carver)
Patti's Place House Concerts (Seekonk)

Listening Rooms

VFW Salem, Massachusetts (Salem)
9 Wallis (Beverly)
City Winery (Boston)
Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Somerville Armory (Somerville)
Thunder Road (Somerville)
The Lilypad (Cambridge)
Lizard Lounge (Cambridge)
Club Passim (Cambridge)
Carriage House Concerts at Gore Place (Waltham)
River Club Music Hall (Scituate)
The Hearing Room (Lowell)
Chelmsford Center for the Arts (Chelmsford)
Indian Hill Music (Littleton)
The Word Barn (Exeter)
3S Artspace (Portsmouth)
Soule Homestead Summer Concert Series (Middleborough)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

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

Folk Music Societies

Folk Song Society of Greater Boston (Watertown)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

The Gulu-Gulu Cafe (Salem)
Walnut Street Coffee Cafe (Lynn)
Atwoods Tavern (Cambridge)
The Burren (Somerville)
Town Tavern (Arlington)
Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Cambridge)
Life Alive (Cambridge)
The Sinclair (Cambridge)
The Bebop (Boston)
House of Blues Boston (Boston)
The Square Root Café (Boston)
Dedham Square Coffeehouse (Dedham)
Serendipity Cafe (Maynard)
Stoughton House of Brews (Stoughton)
Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar (Nashua)
The Bull Run Restaurant (Shirley)
Portsmouth Book and Bar (Portsmouth)
Press Room Restaurant (Portsmouth)
Flight Coffee (Dover)
Coffeehouse at the Mews (Provincetown)

Libraries

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

Small Theaters

The Cabot (Beverly)
Regent Theatre (Arlington)
Shalin Liu Performance Center (Rockport)
Firehouse Center for the Arts (Newburyport)
The Center for Arts in Natick (Natick)
Amazing Things Art Center (Framingham)
Tupelo Music Hall (Londonderry)
Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center (Foxborough)
The Music Hall (Portsmouth)
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Plymouth)
Narrows Center For the Arts (Fall River)
Blackstone River Theater (Cumberland)

Outdoor Music Series

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

Bars & Nightclubs

Mr. Dooley's Boston (Boston)
Toad (Cambridge)
Cantab Lounge (Cambridge)
Brighton Music Hall (Allston)
Blue Ocean Music Hall (Salisbury)