Live Acoustic Music Near Cambridge, Massachusetts

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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. 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 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 Live Acoustic Shows

Sep 20, 2018
Ethan Parker (Singer/Songwriter)
Playing at Lizard Lounge (Listening Room)
Sep 20, 2018
Lisa Bastoni (Singer/Songwriter)
Playing at The Burren (Cafe/Restaurant)
Sep 21, 2018
Kerri Powers (Singer/Songwriter)
Playing at Cherry Bridge House Concerts (House Concert)
Sep 21, 2018
Robbie Fulks (Country)
Playing at Concerts in the Courtyard at Boston Public Library (Library)
Sep 21, 2018
Hayley Reardon (Singer/Songwriter)
Playing at Me and Thee Coffeehouse (Coffeehouse)
Sep 21, 2018
Tim Gearan (Singer/Songwriter)
Playing at Atwoods Tavern (Cafe/Restaurant)
Sep 21, 2018
Amilia K Spicer (Singer/Songwriter)
Playing at Firehouse Center for the Arts (Small Theater)
Sep 22, 2018
Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards (Singer/Songwriter)
Playing at Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse (Coffeehouse)
Sep 22, 2018
Susan Cattaneo (Singer/Songwriter)
Playing at The Burren (Cafe/Restaurant)
Sep 22, 2018
Hayley Sabella (Singer/Songwriter)
Playing at Lizard Lounge (Listening Room)
Sep 22, 2018
Cold Chocolate (Bluegrass & Roots Music)
Playing at Maple Street Congregational Church (Coffeehouse)
Sep 23, 2018
Dylan Scott (Country)
Playing at Concerts in the Courtyard at Boston Public Library (Library)
Sep 27, 2018
Over the Rhine (Singer/Songwriter)
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Sep 27, 2018
Muddy Ruckus (Americana)
Playing at Thunder Road (Listening Room)
Sep 29, 2018
Hayley Reardon (Singer/Songwriter)
Playing at Studio 84 House Concerts (House Concert)
Sep 29, 2018
Joel Cage (Singer/Songwriter)
Playing at Upton House Concerts (House Concert)
Sep 29, 2018
Melissa Ferrick (Singer/Songwriter)
Playing at The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe/Restaurant)
Sep 29, 2018
Patty Larkin (Unknown)
Playing at Amazing Things Art Center (Small Theater)
Sep 30, 2018
The Weepies (Singer/Songwriter)
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Oct 1, 2018
Emily Baker (Bluegrass & Roots Music)
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)

Places to See Live Acoustic Music in and around Cambridge, MA

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House Concerts

Musical Chairs House Concerts (Lexington)
Braintree Folk (Braintree)
Kiva House Concerts (Billerica)
Fox Run Concerts (Sudbury)
Lakeview House Concerts (Sharon)
Front Street Concerts (Hopkinton)
Abundant Haven House Concerts (Hopkinton)
Cherry Bridge House Concerts (Bridgewater)
Upton House Concerts (Upton)
Borrowed House Concerts (Plaistow)
South Shore Folk Music Club - Rockland (Rockland)
South Shore Folk Music Club - Beal House (Kingston)
Studio 84 House Concerts (Middleborough)
Patti's Place House Concerts (Seekonk)

Listening Rooms

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)
Milton Art Center (Milton)
River Club Music Hall (Scituate)
Chelmsford Center for the Arts (Chelmsford)
The Hearing Room (Lowell)
Soule Homestead Summer Concert Series (Middleborough)
The Acoustic Lounge (Plymouth)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Second Friday Coffeehouse (Belmont)
Temple Isaiah Coffeehouse (Lexington)
Homegrown Coffeehouse (Needham)
Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Wakefield)
North Reading Community Coffeehouse (North Reading)
Coffeehouse Off the Square (Hingham)
Open Book Coffeehouse (Canton)
Maple Street Congregational Church (Danvers)
Me and Thee Coffeehouse (Marblehead)
Not Just Another Coffeehouse (Sharon)
The Bluemoon Coffeehouse (Rockland)
New Revival Coffeehouse (Stow)
Javawocky Coffeehouse (Brockton)
Crossroads Music Series (North Andover)
Westford Parish Center For The Arts (Westford)
Steeple Coffeehouse (Southborough)
OCC Coffee House (Wrentham)
Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (Franklin)
Union Coffeehouse (East Bridgewater)
One World Coffee House (Essex)
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)
Simple Gifts Coffee House (Nashua)
John Henry's Hammer Coffeehouse (Worcester)
Stone Soup Coffeehouse (Pawtucket)

Cafes & Restaurants

John Harvard's Brew House (Cambridge)
Life Alive (Cambridge)
The Sinclair (Cambridge)
Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Cambridge)
Atwoods Tavern (Cambridge)
The Burren (Somerville)
The Bebop (Boston)
6B Lounge (Boston)
Centre Street Sanctuary (Jamaica Plain)
The Haven (Jamaica Plain)
Kickstand Cafe (Arlington)
Dedham Square Coffeehouse (Dedham)
Paradise Cafe (Dedham)
The Gulu-Gulu Cafe (Salem)
Stoughton House of Brews (Stoughton)
Serendipity Cafe (Maynard)
Harvest Cafe (Hudson)
Coffee Coffee (Salem)
The Bull Run Restaurant (Shirley)
Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar (Nashua)
Bull Mansion (Worcester)
Somethin's Brewin Book Cafe (Lakeville)


Concerts in the Courtyard at Boston Public Library (Boston)
Morrill Memorial Library (Norwood)
Franklin Public Library (Franklin)
Harvard Public Library (Harvard)
Concert Series at Nashua Public Library (Nashua)
Middleborough Public Library (Middleborough)

Small Theaters

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)
Blackstone River Theater (Cumberland)
Tupelo Music Hall (Londonderry)
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Plymouth)

Bars & Nightclubs

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