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. Several 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 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

Feb 20, 2021
Playing at The Sinclair (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Mar 8, 2021
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Mar 19, 2021
Playing at The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Apr 8, 2021
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Apr 9, 2021
Playing at The Center for Arts in Natick (Small Theater)
Apr 9, 2021
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Apr 11, 2021
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Apr 14, 2021
Playing at The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Kathleen Alice "Kathy" Mattea is an American country music and bluegrass performer who often brings folk, Celtic, and traditional country sounds to her music.
Apr 16, 2021
Playing at The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Apr 18, 2021
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
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Places to See Live Acoustic Music
in and around Boston, MA

House Concerts

Musical Chairs House Concert Series (Lexington)
Lakeview House Concerts (Sharon)
Zeitgeist Concerts (Acton)
Front Street Concerts (Hopkinton)
Borrowed House Concerts (Plaistow)
Cranberry County House Concerts (Carver)
Patti's Place House Concerts (Seekonk)

Listening Rooms

City Winery (Boston)
The Lilypad (Cambridge)
Thunder Road (Somerville)
Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Somerville Armory (Somerville)
Club Passim (Cambridge)
Lizard Lounge (Cambridge)
Carriage House Concerts at Gore Place (Waltham)
River Club Music Hall (Scituate)
The Hearing Room (Lowell)
Indian Hill Music (Littleton)
Galactic Theatre (Warren)
The Word Barn (Exeter)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Second Friday Coffeehouse (Belmont)
Braintree Folk at All Souls Church Coffeehouse (Braintree)
Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Wakefield)
Homegrown Coffeehouse (Needham)
Ivy Chord Coffeehouse (Reading)
Open Book Coffeehouse (Canton)
Me and Thee Coffeehouse (Marblehead)
Not Just Another Coffeehouse (Sharon)
Open Road Coffeehouse (Rockland)
Crossroads Music Series (North Andover)
New Revival Coffeehouse (Stow)
Rose Garden Coffeehouse (Mansfield)
Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (Franklin)
Off the Common Coffeehouse (Bridgewater)
Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse (Byfield)
New Moon Coffeehouse (Haverhill)
Old Sloop Coffeehouse (Rockport)
First Friday Coffeehouse, Exeter, New Hampshire (Exeter)
Bristol Stone Church Coffeehouse (Bristol)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

The Bebop (Boston)
Atwoods Tavern (Cambridge)
House of Blues Boston (Boston)
Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Cambridge)
The Sinclair (Cambridge)
The Porch Southern Fare and Juke Joint (Medford)
The Burren (Somerville)
Dedham Square Coffeehouse (Dedham)
The Gulu-Gulu Cafe (Salem)
Serendipity Cafe (Maynard)
The Bull Run Restaurant (Shirley)
Askew (Providence)
Coffeehouse at the Mews (Provincetown)

Libraries

Harvard Public Library (Harvard)
Warwick Public Library (Warwick)

Small Theaters

Regent Theatre (Arlington)
Norwood Theater (Norwood)
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)

Bars & Nightclubs

Mr. Dooley's Boston (Boston)
Toad (Cambridge)
Blue Ocean Music Hall (Salisbury)
News Cafe (Pawtucket)