Live Acoustic Music Near Essex, 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 several house concerts being held in and around the Essex 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 Essex host occasional coffeehouses that feature traditional folk musicians and other acoustic artists as a way of bringing the community together. Local libraries also host free concerts that are open to the general public.

In addition, live acoustic music can be heard in several listening rooms and small theaters in and around the Essex 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

September 29
Soundcheck Studios (Listening Room)
Pembroke, MA
September 29
Willi Carlisle is an award-winning folksinger, writer, and theater-artist from Northwest Arkansas
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
September 29
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
September 30
The Music Hall Lounge (Small Theater)
Portsmouth, NH
September 30
Old Sloop Presents (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Rockport, MA
September 30
The Music Porch (House Concert)
Reading, MA
September 30
The Cabot (Small Theater)
Beverly, MA
September 30
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 2
Press Room Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Portsmouth, NH
October 2
3S Artspace (Listening Room)
Portsmouth, NH
October 2
The Cabot (Small Theater)
Beverly, MA
October 4
The Sinclair (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Cambridge, MA
October 6
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
October 6
The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Exeter, NH
October 6
Shalin Liu Performance Center (Small Theater)
Rockport, MA
October 7
The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Exeter, NH
October 7
Original and evocative of a rich folk tradition - blending distinctive voices and a wide range of accompaniment
One Broadway Collaborative (Listening Room)
Lawrence, MA
October 8
Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Cambridge, MA
October 8
The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Exeter, NH
October 8
The Music Hall Lounge (Small Theater)
Portsmouth, NH
October 8
The Jethros take the stage at the Open Road Coffeehouse, plus an open mic set during the break. Refreshments available for sale. This is an alcohol-free event.
Open Road Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Rockland, MA
October 8
Cafe 939 (College/University)
Boston, MA
October 9
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 9
Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Cambridge, MA
October 11
3S Artspace (Listening Room)
Portsmouth, NH
October 11
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 12
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 13
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
October 14
Second Friday Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Belmont, MA
October 14
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 14
The Music Hall Lounge (Small Theater)
Portsmouth, NH
October 15
The Rec Room House Concerts (House Concert)
Belmont, MA
October 15
Firehouse Center for the Arts (Small Theater)
Newburyport, MA
October 15
Cafe 939 (College/University)
Boston, MA
October 15
The Porch Southern Fare and Juke Joint (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Medford, MA
October 15
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 16
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 19
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 20
The Porch Southern Fare and Juke Joint (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Medford, MA
October 20
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 21
City Winery (Listening Room)
Boston, MA
October 21
Shalin Liu Performance Center (Small Theater)
Rockport, MA
October 21
Somerville Theatre (Small Theater)
Somerville, MA
October 21
The Music Hall Lounge (Small Theater)
Portsmouth, NH
October 22
Greg Klyma is a road-tested troubadour and a relentless songwriter. You'll find him weaving lanes between Tom Petty and Merle Haggard on music's highway.
Regent Theatre (Small Theater)
Arlington, MA
October 22
Shalin Liu Performance Center (Small Theater)
Rockport, MA
October 22
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 23
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
October 26
Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Cambridge, MA
October 27
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
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Places to see live acoustic music in and around Essex, Massachusetts

House Concerts

Borrowed House Concerts (Plaistow)
The Music Porch (Reading)
The Rec Room House Concerts (Belmont)

Listening Rooms

2nd Shift Concerts at the Charles River Museum (Waltham)
3S Artspace (Portsmouth)
City Winery (Boston)
Club Passim (Cambridge)
Groton Hill Music Center (Littleton)
One Broadway Collaborative (Lawrence)
River Club Music Hall (Scituate)
Sanctuary Maynard (Maynard)
Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Somerville Armory (Somerville)
Soundcheck Studios (Pembroke)
The Stone Church (Newmarket)
The Word Barn (Exeter)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Crossroads Music Series (North Andover)
Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Wakefield)
Me and Thee Coffeehouse (Marblehead)
New Moon Coffeehouse (Haverhill)
New Revival Coffeehouse (Stow)
North Reading Community Coffeehouse (North Reading)
Old Sloop Presents (Rockport)
Open Road Coffeehouse (Rockland)
Second Friday Coffeehouse (Belmont)
The Church Hill Coffeehouse (Norwell)
Westford Parish Center For The Arts (Westford)

Vineyards & Breweries

Aeronaut Brewing (Somerville)
Merrimack Ales (Lowell)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Atwoods Tavern (Cambridge)
Flight Coffee (Dover)
House of Blues Boston (Boston)
Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Cambridge)
Press Room Restaurant (Portsmouth)
Sawbelly Brewing (Exeter)
Serendipity Cafe (Maynard)
The Burren (Somerville)
The Gulu-Gulu Cafe (Salem)
The Porch Southern Fare and Juke Joint (Medford)
The Sinclair (Cambridge)

Libraries

Robbins Library (Arlington)

Small Theaters

Firehouse Center for the Arts (Newburyport)
Norwood Theater (Norwood)
Regent Theatre (Arlington)
Shalin Liu Performance Center (Rockport)
Somerville Theatre (Somerville)
The Cabot (Beverly)
The Center for Arts in Natick (Natick)
The Music Hall Lounge (Portsmouth)
Tupelo Music Hall (Londonderry)

Outdoor Music Series

Maudslay Arts Center (Newburyport)

Bars & Nightclubs

Blue Ocean Music Hall (Salisbury)
Brighton Music Hall (Allston)
Green Dragon Tavern (Boston)
Off the Hook (Quincy)
Toad (Cambridge)