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 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.

Many 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.

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

Featured

May 26, 2021
Playing at The Stone Church (Listening Room)
Lazer Lloyd blends Americana roots, folk rock and outlaw country blues with psychedelic spice for an unforgettable night of live music.
May 15, 2021
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
May 19, 2021
Playing at The Music Hall (Small Theater)
May 19, 2021
Streaming in partnership with The Stone Church (Listening Room)
Jun 4, 2021
Playing at The Music Hall (Small Theater)
Jun 4, 2021
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Jun 10, 2021
Playing at Tupelo Music Hall (Small Theater)
Jun 11, 2021
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Jun 13, 2021
Playing at The Center for Arts in Natick (Small Theater)
Jun 22, 2021
Playing at The Music Hall (Small Theater)
Jun 26, 2021
Playing at Soule Homestead Summer Concert Series (Listening Room)
Jun 26, 2021
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Jul 2, 2021
Playing at Tupelo Music Hall (Small Theater)
Jul 2, 2021
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Jul 8, 2021
Playing at The Music Hall (Small Theater)
Jul 8, 2021
Playing at The Sinclair (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Jul 9, 2021
Playing at The Word Barn (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.”
Jul 9, 2021
Playing at Tupelo Music Hall (Small Theater)
Jul 10, 2021
Playing at The Center for Arts in Natick (Small Theater)
Jul 16, 2021
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Jul 16, 2021
Playing at The Music Hall (Small Theater)
Jul 17, 2021
Playing at The Center for Arts in Natick (Small Theater)
Jul 20, 2021
Playing at The Music Hall (Small Theater)
Jul 29, 2021
Playing at The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Jul 29, 2021
Playing at The Center for Arts in Natick (Small Theater)
Jul 30, 2021
Playing at Tupelo Music Hall (Small Theater)
Aug 4, 2021
Playing at The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Aug 7, 2021
Playing at The Music Hall (Small Theater)
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Places to See Live Acoustic Music
in and around Essex, MA

House Concerts

Borrowed House Concerts (Plaistow)

Listening Rooms

City Winery (Boston)
Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Somerville Armory (Somerville)
Lizard Lounge (Cambridge)
Club Passim (Cambridge)
The Word Barn (Exeter)
Carriage House Concerts at Gore Place (Waltham)
3S Artspace (Portsmouth)
The Stone Church (Newmarket)
Soule Homestead Summer Concert Series (Middleborough)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Old Sloop Coffeehouse (Rockport)
Me and Thee Coffeehouse (Marblehead)
Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse (Byfield)
Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Wakefield)
New Moon Coffeehouse (Haverhill)
Second Friday Coffeehouse (Belmont)
Open Book Coffeehouse (Canton)
Off the Common Coffeehouse (Bridgewater)
Rose Garden Coffeehouse (Mansfield)
Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (Franklin)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

The Gulu-Gulu Cafe (Salem)
The Porch Southern Fare and Juke Joint (Medford)
The Burren (Somerville)
Atwoods Tavern (Cambridge)
The Sinclair (Cambridge)
The Bebop (Boston)
House of Blues Boston (Boston)
Dedham Square Coffeehouse (Dedham)
The Bull Run Restaurant (Shirley)

Small Theaters

The Cabot (Beverly)
Shalin Liu Performance Center (Rockport)
The Music Hall (Portsmouth)
Tupelo Music Hall (Londonderry)
Norwood Theater (Norwood)
The Center for Arts in Natick (Natick)
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Plymouth)