Live Acoustic Music Near Columbia, Maryland

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 Columbia area that you can check out - you just need to contact the host and ask to be invited.

Churches and non-profit community groups around Columbia host occasional coffeehouses that feature traditional folk musicians and other acoustic artists as a way of bringing the community together.

In addition, live acoustic music can be heard in several listening rooms and small theaters in and around the Columbia area. Local vineyards and restaurants and cafes in the area sometimes host nationally touring musicians as well.

Below you can find a listing of upcoming shows in these smaller venues by nationally and internationally touring artists.

Upcoming Acoustic Shows

October 2
Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Vienna, VA
October 2
The Birchmere (Small Theater)
Alexandria, VA
October 4
Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Vienna, VA
October 5
Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Vienna, VA
October 6
AHI
AHI is the stage name of Ahkinoah Habah Izarh, a Canadian folk music singer-songwriter, whose album In Our Time was named as a Juno Award nominee for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2019
Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Vienna, VA
October 6
Half of Baltimore’s ilyAIMY. Her lush voice and storytelling have earnedTelluride Troubadour Top 4, Falcon Ridge Most Wanted, No Depression Award Finalist and Grand Prize Bernard Ebb Award.
Earp’s Ordinary (Listening Room)
Fairfax, VA
October 6
Since 2003 ilyAIMY's played the nation's baitshops, biker weeks, coffeehouses, colleges & clothing-optional resorts as "an acoustically roiling combustible attack on the usual singer/songwriter fare"
Earp’s Ordinary (Listening Room)
Fairfax, VA
October 6
The Birchmere (Small Theater)
Alexandria, VA
October 7
Tally Ho Theater (Small Theater)
Leesburg, VA
October 7
Smith tells elongated and elliptical stories about the songs, and how they are to his life. Smith says “on a good night the stories and songs ride on top of a funky kind of country blues pop stomp”. 
Three Whistles (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Arlington, VA
October 8
Rams Head On Stage (Small Theater)
Annapolis, MD
October 8
Two Lions Vineyards (Vineyard)
Upper Marlboro, MD
October 8
Concerts at Cedar Lane (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Bethesda, MD
October 9
Doug Alan Wilcox delivers music that will stick in your head - as well as your heart.
Frederick City Market (Outdoor Music Series)
Frederick, MD
October 10
Half of Baltimore’s ilyAIMY. Her lush voice and storytelling have earnedTelluride Troubadour Top 4, Falcon Ridge Most Wanted, No Depression Award Finalist and Grand Prize Bernard Ebb Award.
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard (Vineyard)
Dickerson, MD
October 11
Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Vienna, VA
October 12
Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Vienna, VA
October 12
The Birchmere (Small Theater)
Alexandria, VA
October 13
With palpable chemistry and warmth, Chatham Rabbits -- Sarah Osborne McCombie (vocals, banjo) and Austin McCombie (vocals, guitar, fiddle) -- fill each space they enter with brightness and sincerity. They are the stuff duo dreams are made of.
Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Vienna, VA
October 13
New Deal Cafe (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Greenbelt, MD
October 14
The Hamilton (Small Theater)
Washington, DC
October 14
Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Vienna, VA
October 15
Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Vienna, VA
October 15
Lucky Penny House Concert Series (House Concert)
Washington, DC
October 15
Club 603 (House Concert)
Baltimore, MD
October 15
Ash & Eric will tour the East Coast in May 2022 to promote their new album "Sure". Get info & tickets at www.ashandericmusic.com/tour
Concerts at the Sevareid House (House Concert)
Alexandria, VA
October 15
Pearl Street Warehouse (Listening Room)
Washington, DC
October 15
Cook is one of the hardest-working DIY troubadours on the road today, averaging around 150 shows including a dozen festivals every year since 2007.
Focus Music (Folk Music Society)
Alexandria, VA
October 15
With palpable chemistry and warmth, Chatham Rabbits -- Sarah Osborne McCombie (vocals, banjo) and Austin McCombie (vocals, guitar, fiddle) -- fill each space they enter with brightness and sincerity. They are the stuff duo dreams are made of.
New Spire Arts (Listening Room)
Frederick, MD
October 16
Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Vienna, VA
October 16
The Hamilton (Small Theater)
Washington, DC
October 17
Join us for a great Night of Music from Dana Cooper. Dana is a Poetic & Powerful Indie Folk/Americana Songwriter from Nashville known for his storytelling & musicanship. He will be performing New Songs- from NEW CD- as well as Old Favorites.
49 West Coffeehouse (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Annapolis, MD
October 17
Award-winning singer-songwriters, Marc Douglas Berardo (RI) and Dana Cooper (TX) swap songs at 49 West Coffeehouse in Annapolis MD.
SHC Music Tribe Concerts (Listening Room)
Gambrills, MD
October 18
An American singer-songwriter and actress, who was the runner-up on the ninth season of American Idol
Rams Head On Stage (Small Theater)
Annapolis, MD
October 20
Pearl Street Warehouse (Listening Room)
Washington, DC
October 21
Union Stage (Listening Room)
Washington, DC
October 21
"Berardo has a magical way of bringing you into the story. You don't want the song to end." Jane Falvey, Host, Kingston Coffeehouse, WRIU-FM
Lucky Penny House Concert Series (House Concert)
Washington, DC
October 22
The Hamilton (Small Theater)
Washington, DC
October 22
Macum Creek Concerts (House Concert)
Chester, MD
October 23
Sara Ullrika Watkins is an American singer-songwriter and fiddler. Watkins debuted in 1989 as fiddler and founding member of the progressive bluegrass group Nickel Creek
The Birchmere (Small Theater)
Alexandria, VA
October 23
Doug Alan Wilcox delivers music that will stick in your head - as well as your heart.
Urbana Library Farmers Market (Outdoor Music Series)
Frederick, MD
October 24
Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Vienna, VA
October 26
The Birchmere (Small Theater)
Alexandria, VA
October 27
Rams Head On Stage (Small Theater)
Annapolis, MD
October 28
The Hamilton (Small Theater)
Washington, DC
October 28
Flying Ace Farm (Brewery)
Lovettsville, VA
October 29
Smith tells elongated and elliptical stories about the songs, and how they are to his life. Smith says “on a good night the stories and songs ride on top of a funky kind of country blues pop stomp”. 
Cafe Sazon (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Arlington, VA
October 29
Club 603 (House Concert)
Baltimore, MD
October 30
The Birchmere (Small Theater)
Alexandria, VA
October 31
Rams Head On Stage (Small Theater)
Annapolis, MD
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Places to see live acoustic music in and around Columbia, Maryland

House Concerts

Celtic House Concerts at Swift Run (Fairfax Station)
Club 603 (Baltimore)
CommuniTea House Concert (Glen Burnie)
Concerts at the Sevareid House (Alexandria)
Deer Creek House Concerts (Reisterstown)
Edith May’s Paradise (Jessup)
Garys House Concert Series (Woodbine)
Lucky Penny House Concert Series (Washington)
Macum Creek Concerts (Chester)
Music on the Heights (Broadlands)
Square in a Circle House Concert (Takoma Park)

Listening Rooms

An Die Musik (Baltimore)
Blues Alley (Washington)
City Winery (Washington)
Creative Alliance at The Patterson (Baltimore)
Earp’s Ordinary (Fairfax)
Gaithersburg Arts Barn (Gaithersburg)
Institute of Musical Traditions (Takoma Park)
Jammin Java (Vienna)
New Spire Arts (Frederick)
Pearl Street Warehouse (Washington)
SHC Music Tribe Concerts (Gambrills)
Songbyrd Record Cafe and Music House (Washington)
The Cellar Stage at The Timonium United Methodist Church (Lutherville-Timonium)
The Living Stage at Hotel RL Baltimore (Baltimore)
The Living Stage at Hotel RL Washington (Washington)
The Mainstay (Rock Hall)
The Mansion on O (Washington)
Union Stage (Washington)

Folk Music Societies

Focus Music (Alexandria)
Sandy Spring Museum (Sandy Spring)
Folk Club Reston-Herndon (Herndon)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Concerts at Cedar Lane (Bethesda)
Sixth & I Downstairs (Washington)
Unity by the Bay Church (Annapolis)
Unity Coffeehouse ~ Acoustic Cafe (Annapolis)
UUCC One World Coffeehouse (Columbia)

Vineyards & Breweries

Black Ankle Vineyards (Mount Airy)
Creek's Edge Winery (Lovettsville)
Elk Run Vineyards and Winery (Mount Airy)
Hidden Hills Farm and Vineyard (Frederick)
Hybridoma Organic Fruit Farm (Baldwin)
Linganore Winecellars (Mount Airy)
Lost Rhino (Ashburn)
Springfield Manor Winery Distillery Brewery (Thurmont)
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard (Dickerson)
Two Lions Vineyards (Upper Marlboro)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

49 West Coffeehouse (Annapolis)
American Ice Company Cafe (Westminster)
Black Cat (Washington)
Cafe Sazon (Arlington)
Epicure Cafe (Fairfax)
Frederick Coffee Company (Frederick)
Hightopps Backstage Grille (Timonium)
Hill Country Barbeque (DC) (Washington)
Little Market Cafe (Ellicott City)
Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge (Annapolis)
New Deal Cafe (Greenbelt)
Parallel Wine & Whiskey Bar (Broadlands)
Solace Outpost (Falls Church)
Three Whistles (Arlington)

Small Theaters

Arts Barn (Gaithersburg)
Black Cherry Puppet Theater (Baltimore)
Rams Head On Stage (Annapolis)
Stages Music Arts (Cockeysville)
Tally Ho Theater (Leesburg)
The Birchmere (Alexandria)
The Hamilton (Washington)
The Miracle Theatre (Washington)

Outdoor Music Series

Sky Stage (Frederick)
Frederick City Market (Frederick)
Urbana Library Farmers Market (Frederick)
Clarksville Commons Farmers Market (Clarksville)
Fairfax Funky Flea (Fairfax)
Shab Row Stage (Frederick)
Federal Hill Main Street Series (Baltimore)
Worman’s Mill (Frederick)