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.

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. Local libraries also host free concerts that are open to the general public.

In addition, live acoustic music can be heard in several listening rooms and small theaters in Boston. Local vineyards and restaurants and cafes in the area sometimes host nationally touring musicians as well.

Below you can find a listing of upcoming shows in these smaller venues by nationally and internationally touring artists.

Upcoming Acoustic Shows

October 2
The Cabot (Small Theater)
Beverly, MA
October 4
The Sinclair (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Cambridge, MA
October 6
Shalin Liu Performance Center (Small Theater)
Rockport, MA
October 6
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Plymouth, MA
October 6
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
October 7
Original and evocative of a rich folk tradition - blending distinctive voices and a wide range of accompaniment
One Broadway Collaborative (Listening Room)
Lawrence, MA
October 7
The Met (Bar/Nightclub)
Pawtucket, RI
October 7
Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Fall River, MA
October 8
Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Fall River, MA
October 8
Cafe 939 (College/University)
Boston, MA
October 8
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Plymouth, MA
October 8
The Jethros take the stage at the Open Road Coffeehouse, plus an open mic set during the break. Refreshments available for sale. This is an alcohol-free event.
Open Road Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Rockland, MA
October 8
Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Cambridge, MA
October 9
Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Cambridge, MA
October 9
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 11
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 12
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 13
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Plymouth, MA
October 13
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
October 14
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 14
The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Shirley, MA
October 14
Second Friday Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Belmont, MA
October 15
The Porch Southern Fare and Juke Joint (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Medford, MA
October 15
The Rec Room House Concerts (House Concert)
Belmont, MA
October 15
Cafe 939 (College/University)
Boston, MA
October 15
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 15
Firehouse Center for the Arts (Small Theater)
Newburyport, MA
October 15
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Plymouth, MA
October 16
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 19
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 20
The Porch Southern Fare and Juke Joint (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Medford, MA
October 20
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 21
Shalin Liu Performance Center (Small Theater)
Rockport, MA
October 21
Somerville Theatre (Small Theater)
Somerville, MA
October 21
City Winery (Listening Room)
Boston, MA
October 21
An American singer-songwriter and actress, who was the runner-up on the ninth season of American Idol
The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Shirley, MA
October 22
Shalin Liu Performance Center (Small Theater)
Rockport, MA
October 22
Javawocky Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Brockton, MA
October 22
Greg Klyma is a road-tested troubadour and a relentless songwriter. You'll find him weaving lanes between Tom Petty and Merle Haggard on music's highway.
Regent Theatre (Small Theater)
Arlington, MA
October 22
Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Fall River, MA
October 22
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 22
One of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, engaging audiences with joy, humor, and a personal touch. First woman to win the National Fingerstyle Championship.
Lakeview House Concerts (House Concert)
Sharon, MA
October 23
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 26
Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Cambridge, MA
October 27
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
October 28
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.”
Old Sloop Presents (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Rockport, MA
October 29
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Plymouth, MA
October 29
Sara Ullrika Watkins is an American singer-songwriter and fiddler. Watkins debuted in 1989 as fiddler and founding member of the progressive bluegrass group Nickel Creek
Groton Hill Music Center (Listening Room)
Littleton, MA
October 29
New Revival Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Stow, MA
October 30
Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Cambridge, MA
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Places to see live acoustic music in and around Boston, Massachusetts

House Concerts

Borrowed House Concerts (Plaistow)
Cranberry County House Concerts (Carver)
Lakeview House Concerts (Sharon)
Studio 84 House Concerts (Middleborough)
The Music Porch (Reading)
The Rec Room House Concerts (Belmont)

Listening Rooms

2nd Shift Concerts at the Charles River Museum (Waltham)
City Winery (Boston)
Club Passim (Cambridge)
Groton Hill Music Center (Littleton)
One Broadway Collaborative (Lawrence)
River Club Music Hall (Scituate)
Sanctuary Maynard (Maynard)
Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Somerville Armory (Somerville)
Soule Homestead Summer Concert Series (Middleborough)
Soundcheck Studios (Pembroke)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (Franklin)
Crossroads Music Series (North Andover)
Javawocky Coffeehouse (Brockton)
Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Wakefield)
Me and Thee Coffeehouse (Marblehead)
New Moon Coffeehouse (Haverhill)
New Revival Coffeehouse (Stow)
North Reading Community Coffeehouse (North Reading)
Not Just Another Coffeehouse (Sharon)
Old Sloop Presents (Rockport)
Open Road Coffeehouse (Rockland)
Rose Garden Coffeehouse (Mansfield)
Second Friday Coffeehouse (Belmont)
South Shore Folk Music Club (Duxbury)
The Church Hill Coffeehouse (Norwell)
Westford Parish Center For The Arts (Westford)

Vineyards & Breweries

Aeronaut Brewing (Somerville)
Merrimack Ales (Lowell)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Atwoods Tavern (Cambridge)
House of Blues Boston (Boston)
Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Cambridge)
Murphy’s Law Irish Pub (Pawtucket)
Serendipity Cafe (Maynard)
The Bull Run Restaurant (Shirley)
The Burren (Somerville)
The Gulu-Gulu Cafe (Salem)
The Porch Southern Fare and Juke Joint (Medford)
The Sinclair (Cambridge)

Libraries

Boyden Library (Foxborough)
Duxbury Free Library (Duxbury)
Harvard Public Library (Harvard)
Plymouth Public Library (Plymouth)
Robbins Library (Arlington)

Small Theaters

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

Outdoor Music Series

Maudslay Arts Center (Newburyport)
Bellforge Arts Center (Medfield)
Bridgewater Music Alley (Bridgewater)

Bars & Nightclubs

Blue Ocean Music Hall (Salisbury)
Brighton Music Hall (Allston)
Green Dragon Tavern (Boston)
Off the Hook (Quincy)
The Met (Pawtucket)
Toad (Cambridge)