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

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Feb 14, 2020
Playing at The Hearing Room (Listening Room)
Recalling Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, and Cat Stevens, Joe's music is rooted in classic folk: honest and raw.
Jan 20, 2020
Playing at Askew (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Jan 20, 2020
Playing at The Sinclair (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Jan 21, 2020
Playing at Columbus Theater (Concert Hall)
Jan 23, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Jan 23, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Jan 24, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Jan 25, 2020
Playing at Bristol Stone Church Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Jan 25, 2020
Playing at Cafe 939 (College/University)
Jan 25, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Jan 25, 2020
Playing at Musical Chairs House Concert Series (House Concert)
Jan 26, 2020
Playing at Lakeview House Concerts (House Concert)
Jan 30, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Jan 30, 2020
Playing at Firehouse Center for the Arts (Small Theater)
Jan 31, 2020
Playing at Firehouse Center for the Arts (Small Theater)
Jan 31, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Jan 31, 2020
Playing at The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Feb 1, 2020
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Feb 1, 2020
Playing at Musical Chairs House Concert Series (House Concert)
Feb 2, 2020
Playing at Lakeview House Concerts (House Concert)
Feb 4, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Feb 5, 2020
Playing at Columbus Theater (Concert Hall)
Feb 5, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Winner of seven International Bluegrass Music Association Bass Player of the Year awards, Missy Raines has proven herself without doubt as an iconic bluegrass instrumentalist.
Feb 6, 2020
Playing at The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Feb 6, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Feb 6, 2020
Playing at Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Somerville Armory (Listening Room)
Feb 6, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Feb 7, 2020
Playing at The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Feb 7, 2020
Playing at Askew (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Wayne has been called "The King of Juke Joint swing, with a genuine affinity for stomping rockabilly, Western swing, blues, and old-timey country.
Feb 7, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Feb 7, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Feb 8, 2020
Playing at Homegrown Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Feb 8, 2020
Playing at Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Feb 8, 2020
Playing at Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Feb 9, 2020
Playing at Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Feb 9, 2020
Playing at The Sinclair (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Feb 9, 2020
Playing at Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Feb 11, 2020
Playing at Carriage House Concerts at Gore Place (Listening Room)
Fiddler & Folksinger Emerald Rae commands a variety of folk styles, pairing ornamented vocals with groovy percussive fiddle.
Feb 13, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Feb 13, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
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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)
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

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)
Temple Isaiah Coffeehouse (Lexington)
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)
The Bebop (Boston)
Town Tavern (Arlington)
The Square Root Café (Boston)
Three Squares Craft Kitchen & Cocktails (Needham)
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)
Somethin's Brewin Book Cafe (Lakeville)
Askew (Providence)

Vineyards & Breweries

Running Brook Vineyard & Winery (Dartmouth)

Libraries

Concerts in the Courtyard at Boston Public Library (Boston)
Morrill Memorial Library (Norwood)
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)
Blue Ocean Music Hall (Salisbury)
News Cafe (Pawtucket)
Fete Music Hall (Providence)