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. 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 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

Apr 2, 2020
Playing at Midway Cafe (Listening Room)
Apr 5, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Janie grew up in the seat of Americana's American Folklife Festivals, where her exposure to the likes of the Seldom Scene and John Hartford stayed with her through many years of session singing.
Apr 5, 2020
Playing at Lakeview House Concerts (House Concert)
Apr 6, 2020
Playing at The Hearing Room (Listening Room)
Apr 8, 2020
Playing at Serendipity Cafe (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Apr 9, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Apr 9, 2020
Playing at Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Somerville Armory (Listening Room)
Apr 9, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Apr 9, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Apr 10, 2020
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Apr 10, 2020
Playing at Columbus Theater (Concert Hall)
Apr 10, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Apr 10, 2020
Playing at Second Friday Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Apr 11, 2020
Playing at Westford Parish Center For The Arts (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Apr 11, 2020
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Apr 11, 2020
Playing at Open Road Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Apr 13, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Apr 14, 2020
Playing at Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Somerville Armory (Listening Room)
Apr 15, 2020
Playing at Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Apr 16, 2020
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Apr 16, 2020
Playing at Askew (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Apr 16, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Apr 17, 2020
Playing at Shalin Liu Performance Center (Small Theater)
Apr 18, 2020
Playing at New Moon Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Apr 18, 2020
Playing at Firehouse Center for the Arts (Small Theater)
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.”
Apr 18, 2020
Playing at Homegrown Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Apr 18, 2020
Playing at Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Apr 18, 2020
Playing at Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Apr 19, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Apr 21, 2020
Playing at Lizard Lounge (Listening Room)
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.”
Apr 21, 2020
Playing at The Lilypad (Listening Room)
Apr 23, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Apr 24, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Apr 24, 2020
Playing at Me and Thee Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
GoldenOak is an Indie/Soul/Folk band based out of Portland, Maine and fronted by siblings Zak and Lena Kendall.
Apr 24, 2020
Playing at Indian Hill Music (Listening Room)
Apr 24, 2020
Playing at The Sinclair (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Apr 25, 2020
Playing at Bristol Stone Church Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Apr 25, 2020
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Apr 25, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Apr 26, 2020
Playing at Blackstone River Theater (Small Theater)
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Places to See Live Acoustic Music
in and around Cambridge, MA

House Concerts

The Rec Room House Concerts (Belmont)
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)
Studio 84 House Concerts (Middleborough)
Patti's Place House Concerts (Seekonk)
Cranberry County House Concerts (Carver)
Sleepy Hollow House Concerts (Chester)

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)
Soule Homestead Summer Concert Series (Middleborough)
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)
North Reading Community Coffeehouse (North Reading)
Coffeehouse Off the Square (Hingham)
Open Book Coffeehouse (Canton)
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)
Steeple Coffeehouse (Southborough)
OCC Coffeehouse (Wrentham)
Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (Franklin)
Rose Garden Coffeehouse (Mansfield)
Wachusett Music Series (Harvard)
Third Floor Coffeehouse (Northborough)
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)

Folk Music Societies

Folk Song Society of Greater Boston (Watertown)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Life Alive (Cambridge)
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 Square Root Café (Boston)
Dedham Square Coffeehouse (Dedham)
Walnut Street Coffee Cafe (Lynn)
The Gulu-Gulu Cafe (Salem)
Stoughton House of Brews (Stoughton)
Serendipity Cafe (Maynard)
The Bull Run Restaurant (Shirley)
Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar (Nashua)
Askew (Providence)

Vineyards & Breweries

Running Brook Vineyard & Winery (Dartmouth)

Libraries

Holliston Public Library (Holliston)
Franklin Public Library (Franklin)
Harvard Public Library (Harvard)
Plymouth Public Library (Plymouth)
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)

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