Live Acoustic Music Near Lowell, 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 Lowell 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 Lowell 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 Lowell 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

August 9
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.”
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
August 10
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
August 13
The Rough & Tumble is a thrift store Americana two person, two dogged, multi instrumental duo who live in a 16' camper around the country. Math isn't their strong suit, but the music is pretty good.
Not Just Another Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Sharon, MA
August 13
The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Exeter, NH
August 14
The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Exeter, NH
August 15
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
August 17
Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Cambridge, MA
August 17
The Stone Church (Listening Room)
Newmarket, NH
August 18
The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Shirley, MA
August 18
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
August 21
The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Exeter, NH
August 24
The Wilbur Theater (Concert Hall)
Boston, MA
August 25
Violet Bell is re-wilding Americana. Vocal harmonies, fiddle and guitar weave together with captivating storytelling to offer a unique perspective on the roots music traditions that inform their sound.
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
August 25
Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Cambridge, MA
August 25
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
August 26
w Philip Berman
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
August 26
City Winery (Listening Room)
Boston, MA
August 26
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.
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
August 26
Shalin Liu Performance Center (Small Theater)
Rockport, MA
August 26
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
August 27
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
August 28
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.
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
August 28
The Stone Church (Listening Room)
Newmarket, NH
August 28
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
August 31
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
September 1
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
September 8
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
September 8
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
September 9
Jim Kweskin's shows radiate charm, humor, sophistication and talent. His endearing sense of good humor and interpretations make his performances a delight. Kweskin is recognized as one of the best interpreters of the great American songbook.
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
September 9
The Wilbur Theater (Concert Hall)
Boston, MA
September 9
Shalin Liu Performance Center (Small Theater)
Rockport, MA
September 10
The Wilbur Theater (Concert Hall)
Boston, MA
September 10
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
September 11
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
September 11
Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Cambridge, MA
September 11
The Rec Room House Concerts (House Concert)
Belmont, MA
September 11
The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Exeter, NH
September 14
The Sinclair (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Cambridge, MA
September 14
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
September 14
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
September 15
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
September 15
The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Shirley, MA
September 16
The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Exeter, NH
September 18
Brighton Music Hall (Bar/Nightclub)
Allston, MA
September 18
The Sinclair (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Cambridge, MA
September 18
Heroes and myth are the shouted poetry of dawn. Each and every one of you, regardless of identity, gender, ethnicity or anything else, are born to the Hero's Quest.
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
September 20
The Sinclair (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Cambridge, MA
September 22
The songwriting soul child of partners Sparrow and Keith J. Smith. With influences that include Appalachian old-time, Balkan music, Swing Manouche, and early New Orleans Jazz.
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
September 22
The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Shirley, MA
September 23
Me and Thee Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Marblehead, MA
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Places to see live acoustic music in and around Lowell, Massachusetts

House Concerts

Borrowed House Concerts (Plaistow)
Front Street Concerts (Hopkinton)
Lakeview House Concerts (Sharon)
The Music Porch (Reading)
The Rec Room House Concerts (Belmont)

Listening Rooms

2nd Shift Concerts at the Charles River Museum (Waltham)
Bass Hall at Monadnock Center for History and Culture (Peterborough)
City Winery (Boston)
Club Passim (Cambridge)
Indian Hill Music (Littleton)
One Broadway Collaborative (Lawrence)
River Club Music Hall (Scituate)
Sanctuary Maynard (Maynard)
Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Somerville Armory (Somerville)
The Stone Church (Newmarket)
The Word Barn (Exeter)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (Franklin)
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)
Not Just Another Coffeehouse (Sharon)
Old Sloop Presents (Rockport)
Second Friday Coffeehouse (Belmont)
Westford Parish Center For The Arts (Westford)

Vineyards & Breweries

Aeronaut Brewing (Somerville)
Merrimack Ales (Lowell)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Atwoods Tavern (Cambridge)
House of Blues Boston (Boston)
Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Cambridge)
Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar (Nashua)
Sawbelly Brewing (Exeter)
Serendipity Cafe (Maynard)
The Bull Run Restaurant (Shirley)
The Burren (Somerville)
The Gulu-Gulu Cafe (Salem)
The Porch Southern Fare and Juke Joint (Medford)
The Sinclair (Cambridge)

Libraries

Boyden Library (Foxborough)
Concerts in the Courtyard at Boston Public Library (Boston)
Franklin Public Library (Franklin)
Harvard Public Library (Harvard)
Robbins Library (Arlington)

Small Theaters

Amazing Things Art Center (Framingham)
Norwood Theater (Norwood)
Old Meeting House (Francestown)
Regent Theatre (Arlington)
Shalin Liu Performance Center (Rockport)
Somerville Theatre (Somerville)
The Cabot (Beverly)
The Center for Arts in Natick (Natick)
Tupelo Music Hall (Londonderry)

Outdoor Music Series

Maudslay Arts Center (Newburyport)
Bellforge Arts Center (Medfield)

Bars & Nightclubs

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