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

May 26, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
May 27, 2019
Playing at Toad (Bar/Nightclub)
May 27, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
May 28, 2019
Playing at Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
May 28, 2019
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
May 29, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
May 30, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
May 30, 2019
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
May 30, 2019
Playing at Lizard Lounge (Listening Room)
May 31, 2019
Playing at Shalin Liu Performance Center (Small Theater)
May 31, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
May 31, 2019
Playing at Old Sloop Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Jun 2, 2019
Playing at Thunder Road (Listening Room)
Jun 4, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Jun 5, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Jun 6, 2019
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Jun 6, 2019
Playing at Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Hymn for Her is a touring Americana Rock and Roll duo. “Drive Til U Die” charted in the top 5 for Americana Releases on radio, and also in the top 5 for Blues. It’s a bit of those 2 elements along with bluegrass, folk, and psychedelic rock and roll.
Jun 7, 2019
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Jun 7, 2019
Playing at The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Jun 8, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
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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 Concerts (Lexington)
Kiva House Concerts (Billerica)
Braintree Folk (Braintree)
Borrowed House Concerts (Plaistow)
Lakeview House Concerts (Sharon)
Sleepy Hollow House Concerts (Chester)
Cherry Bridge House Concerts (Bridgewater)
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

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

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Me and Thee Coffeehouse (Marblehead)
Maple Street Congregational Church (Danvers)
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)
Temple Isaiah Coffeehouse (Lexington)
New Moon Coffeehouse (Haverhill)
Homegrown Coffeehouse (Needham)
Westford Parish Center For The Arts (Westford)
Open Book Coffeehouse (Canton)
Not Just Another Coffeehouse (Sharon)
Javawocky Coffeehouse (Brockton)
New Revival Coffeehouse (Stow)
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)
Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Cambridge)
Life Alive (Cambridge)
The Sinclair (Cambridge)
The Bebop (Boston)
Coffee Coffee (Salem)
Three Squares Craft Kitchen & Cocktails (Needham)
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)
Somethin's Brewin Book Cafe (Lakeville)
Coffeehouse at the Mews (Provincetown)
Bull Mansion (Worcester)

Libraries

Concerts in the Courtyard at Boston Public Library (Boston)
Morrill Memorial Library (Norwood)
Franklin Public Library (Franklin)
Plymouth Public Library (Plymouth)
Middleborough Public Library (Middleborough)

Small Theaters

The Cabot (Beverly)
Shalin Liu Performance Center (Rockport)
Firehouse Center for the Arts (Newburyport)
The Center for Arts in Natick (Natick)
Amazing Things Art Center (Framingham)
The Music Hall (Portsmouth)
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Plymouth)
Narrows Center For the Arts (Fall River)
Provincetown Art House Theatre (Provincetown)
Blackstone River Theater (Cumberland)

Outdoor Music Series

Maudslay Arts Center (Newburyport)

Bars & Nightclubs

Toad (Cambridge)
Cantab Lounge (Cambridge)
Brighton Music Hall (Allston)
Blue Ocean Music Hall (Salisbury)