Live Acoustic Music Near Cambridge, 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 Cambridge 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 Cambridge 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, small theaters and local vineyards and breweries in and around the Cambridge 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

Featured

Dec 17, 2020
Playing at The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Americana songwriter/entertainer, Marc Douglas Berardo captivates with his songs and his humor from beginning to end. Audiences laugh one minute, cry the next and they always leave wanting more.
Sep 24, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Sep 26, 2020
Playing at The Porch Southern Fare and Juke Joint (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Oct 1, 2020
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Oct 1, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Oct 3, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Oct 3, 2020
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Oct 3, 2020
Playing at The Porch Southern Fare and Juke Joint (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Oct 4, 2020
Playing at Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Oct 4, 2020
Playing at Warwick Public Library (Library)
Oct 4, 2020
Playing at Shalin Liu Performance Center (Small Theater)
Oct 8, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Oct 9, 2020
Playing at Second Friday Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Oct 9, 2020
Playing at Cranberry County House Concerts (House Concert)
Oct 9, 2020
Playing at Lizard Lounge (Listening Room)
Oct 9, 2020
Playing at Second Friday Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Oct 10, 2020
Playing at Lizard Lounge (Listening Room)
Oct 10, 2020
Playing at Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Oct 10, 2020
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Oct 11, 2020
Playing at Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Oct 16, 2020
Playing at The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Oct 17, 2020
Playing at Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
The Rough & Tumble is a thrift store Americana two person, two dogged, multi instrumental duo who live in a 16' camper around the country. Math isn't their strong suit, but the music is pretty good.
Oct 23, 2020
Playing at Old Sloop Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
The Rough & Tumble is a thrift store Americana two person, two dogged, multi instrumental duo who live in a 16' camper around the country. Math isn't their strong suit, but the music is pretty good.
Oct 24, 2020
Playing at Borrowed House Concerts (House Concert)
The Rough & Tumble is a thrift store Americana two person, two dogged, multi instrumental duo who live in a 16' camper around the country. Math isn't their strong suit, but the music is pretty good.
Oct 24, 2020
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Oct 25, 2020
Playing at Shalin Liu Performance Center (Small Theater)
Oct 29, 2020
Playing at The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Oct 29, 2020
Playing at The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Oct 30, 2020
Playing at The Wilbur Theater (Concert Hall)
Nov 5, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Nov 7, 2020
Playing at Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Nov 7, 2020
Playing at Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Nov 14, 2020
Playing at Columbus Theater (Concert Hall)
Nov 19, 2020
Playing at The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Austin MacRae is a singer/songwriter from Ithaca, NY, whose music is known for its lyrical and vocal intensity. With a sensitive finger-picking style, MacRae crafts songs rich in wordplay and story.
Dec 5, 2020
Playing at Old Sloop Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Dec 5, 2020
Playing at Old Sloop Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Dec 5, 2020
Playing at Off the Common Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
If folk, roots, and Americana were on a Venn diagram, Grace Morrison would be squarely in the center. With a career that began as a backup singer for rock icons like Eddie Money and Joey Molland (of
Dec 10, 2020
Playing at The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
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Places to See Live Acoustic Music
in and around Cambridge, MA

House Concerts

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

Listening Rooms

The Lilypad (Cambridge)
Club Passim (Cambridge)
Thunder Road (Somerville)
Lizard Lounge (Cambridge)
Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Somerville Armory (Somerville)
City Winery (Boston)
Carriage House Concerts at Gore Place (Waltham)
VFW Salem, Massachusetts (Salem)
9 Wallis (Beverly)
River Club Music Hall (Scituate)
Chelmsford Center for the Arts (Chelmsford)
The Hearing Room (Lowell)
Indian Hill Music (Littleton)
The Word Barn (Exeter)
Galactic Theatre (Warren)
The Collaborative 02885 (Warren)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

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

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

The Sinclair (Cambridge)
Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Cambridge)
Atwoods Tavern (Cambridge)
The Burren (Somerville)
House of Blues Boston (Boston)
The Bebop (Boston)
Town Tavern (Arlington)
The Porch Southern Fare and Juke Joint (Medford)
The Square Root Café (Boston)
Dedham Square Coffeehouse (Dedham)
Walnut Street Coffee Cafe (Lynn)
The Gulu-Gulu Cafe (Salem)
Serendipity Cafe (Maynard)
The Bull Run Restaurant (Shirley)
Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar (Nashua)
Askew (Providence)

Vineyards & Breweries

Running Brook Vineyard & Winery (Dartmouth)

Libraries

Harvard Public Library (Harvard)
Wilton Folk Cafe (Wilton)
Warwick Public Library (Warwick)

Small Theaters

Regent Theatre (Arlington)
The Center for Arts in Natick (Natick)
The Cabot (Beverly)
Amazing Things Art Center (Framingham)
Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center (Foxborough)
Shalin Liu Performance Center (Rockport)
Firehouse Center for the Arts (Newburyport)
Narrows Center For the Arts (Fall River)
Blackstone River Theater (Cumberland)
Tupelo Music Hall (Londonderry)
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Plymouth)
AS220 (Providence)

Bars & Nightclubs

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