Live Acoustic Music Near Boston, 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 Boston 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 Boston 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, small theaters and local vineyards and breweries in Boston. 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

Aug 22, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Aug 22, 2019
Playing at The Center for Arts in Natick (Small Theater)
Aug 23, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Aug 23, 2019
Playing at Stoughton House of Brews (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Aug 25, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Aug 27, 2019
Playing at Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Aug 28, 2019
Playing at Lizard Lounge (Listening Room)
Aug 31, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Sep 1, 2019
Playing at Shalin Liu Performance Center (Small Theater)
Sep 1, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Sep 2, 2019
Playing at Firehouse Center for the Arts (Small Theater)
Sep 2, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Sep 4, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Sep 4, 2019
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Sep 5, 2019
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Sep 6, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Sep 6, 2019
Playing at Cranberry County House Concerts (House Concert)
"Great, great voices, wonderful arrangements"- Frank Hennessy, BBC Celtic Heartbeat "A musically diverse take on classic Midwest Americana sung with the soul of the gospel" - Americana UK "Hauntingly beautiful" - Northern Sky Magazine
Sep 6, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Sep 7, 2019
Playing at Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Sep 7, 2019
Playing at The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
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Places to See Live Acoustic Music in and around Boston, MA

House Concerts

The Rec Room House Concerts (Belmont)
Braintree Folk (Braintree)
Musical Chairs House Concerts (Lexington)
Lakeview House Concerts (Sharon)
Front Street Concerts (Hopkinton)
Cherry Bridge House Concerts (Bridgewater)
Upton House Concerts (Upton)
Borrowed House Concerts (Plaistow)
Studio 84 House Concerts (Middleborough)
Cranberry County House Concerts (Carver)
Patti's Place House Concerts (Seekonk)
Sleepy Hollow House Concerts (Chester)

Listening Rooms

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

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Second Friday Coffeehouse (Belmont)
Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Wakefield)
Homegrown Coffeehouse (Needham)
Temple Isaiah Coffeehouse (Lexington)
Ivy Chord Coffeehouse (Reading)
Open Book Coffeehouse (Canton)
Me and Thee Coffeehouse (Marblehead)
North Reading Community Coffeehouse (North Reading)
Maple Street Congregational Church (Danvers)
Not Just Another Coffeehouse (Sharon)
Javawocky Coffeehouse (Brockton)
Crossroads Music Series (North Andover)
OCC Coffeehouse (Wrentham)
New Revival Coffeehouse (Stow)
Steeple Coffeehouse (Southborough)
Rose Garden Coffeehouse (Mansfield)
Westford Parish Center For The Arts (Westford)
Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (Franklin)
Off the Common Coffeehouse (Bridgewater)
Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse (Byfield)
Wachusett Music Series (Harvard)
New Moon Coffeehouse (Haverhill)
Third Floor Coffeehouse (Northborough)
Old Sloop Coffeehouse (Rockport)
Stone Soup Coffeehouse (Pawtucket)
John Henry's Hammer Coffeehouse (Worcester)
Bristol Stone Church Coffeehouse (Bristol)

Folk Music Societies

Folk Song Society of Greater Boston (Watertown)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

The Bebop (Boston)
Atwoods Tavern (Cambridge)
Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Cambridge)
Life Alive (Cambridge)
The Sinclair (Cambridge)
The Burren (Somerville)
Walnut Street Coffee Cafe (Lynn)
Dedham Square Coffeehouse (Dedham)
Three Squares Craft Kitchen & Cocktails (Needham)
The Gulu-Gulu Cafe (Salem)
Stoughton House of Brews (Stoughton)
Serendipity Cafe (Maynard)
The Bull Run Restaurant (Shirley)
Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar (Nashua)
Somethin's Brewin Book Cafe (Lakeville)
Bull Mansion (Worcester)
Coffeehouse at the Mews (Provincetown)

Vineyards & Breweries

Running Brook Vineyard & Winery (Dartmouth)

Libraries

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

Small Theaters

The Center for Arts in Natick (Natick)
The Cabot (Beverly)
Amazing Things Art Center (Framingham)
Shalin Liu Performance Center (Rockport)
Firehouse Center for the Arts (Newburyport)
Narrows Center For the Arts (Fall River)
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Plymouth)
Blackstone River Theater (Cumberland)
AS220 (Providence)

Outdoor Music Series

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

Bars & Nightclubs

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