Live Acoustic Music Near New Bedford, 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 New Bedford 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 New Bedford 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 New Bedford area. Local 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 30
Askew (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Providence, RI
October 2
The Cultural Center of Cape Cod (Listening Room)
South Yarmouth, MA
October 2
The Music Room Cape Cod (Listening Room)
Yarmouth, MA
October 6
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Plymouth, MA
October 7
Courthouse Center for the Arts (Small Theater)
South Kingstown, RI
October 7
The Met (Bar/Nightclub)
Pawtucket, RI
October 7
Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Fall River, MA
October 8
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Plymouth, MA
October 8
Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Fall River, MA
October 8
The Music Room Cape Cod (Listening Room)
Yarmouth, MA
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 13
The Music Room Cape Cod (Listening Room)
Yarmouth, MA
October 13
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Plymouth, MA
October 14
Galactic Theatre (Listening Room)
Warren, RI
October 15
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Plymouth, MA
October 22
Javawocky Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Brockton, MA
October 22
Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Fall River, MA
October 22
One of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, engaging audiences with joy, humor, and a personal touch. First woman to win the National Fingerstyle Championship.
Lakeview House Concerts (House Concert)
Sharon, MA
October 29
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Plymouth, MA
November 3
If folk, roots, and Americana were on a Venn diagram, Grace Morrison would be squarely in the center. With a career that began as a backup singer for rock icons like Eddie Money and Joey Molland (of
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Plymouth, MA
November 4
Blackstone River Theater (Small Theater)
Cumberland, RI
November 4
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Plymouth, MA
November 4
Askew (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Providence, RI
November 5
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Plymouth, MA
November 12
A guitarists’ guitarist, Brooks’ wide smile and gentle grace immediately puts his audience at ease. He has a highly sophisticated, versatile, fingerstyle expertise, and he has a mean bottleneck sl
Bristol Stone Church Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Bristol, RI
November 12
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Plymouth, MA
November 12
The Mile Twelve lineup offers five of the most promising young musicians in bluegrass: David Benedict (mandolin), Catherine “BB” Bowness (banjo), Bronwyn Keith-Hynes (fiddle), Evan Murphy (guitar, lead vocals), and Nate Sabat (bass, lead vocals).
Blackstone River Theater (Small Theater)
Cumberland, RI
November 12
Open Road Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Rockland, MA
November 17
Whether they’re ripping through a set of original jigs and reels, adding lush harmonies into traditional folk ballads, or cracking up an audience with stories from the road, House of Hamill puts on a show that captivates audiences.
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Plymouth, MA
November 18
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Plymouth, MA
November 19
If folk, roots, and Americana were on a Venn diagram, Grace Morrison would be squarely in the center. With a career that began as a backup singer for rock icons like Eddie Money and Joey Molland (of
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Plymouth, MA
November 19
Stone Soup Coffeehouse at the Music Mansion (Listening Room)
Providence, RI
November 26
Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Fall River, MA
December 8
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.”
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Plymouth, MA
December 17
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Plymouth, MA
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Places to see live acoustic music in and around New Bedford, Massachusetts

House Concerts

38 East Manning (Providence)
Common Fence Music (Portsmouth)
Cranberry County House Concerts (Carver)
Harmony House Concerts (Yarmouth)
Lakeview House Concerts (Sharon)
Log House Concerts (Westport)
Studio 84 House Concerts (Middleborough)

Listening Rooms

Cotuit Center for the Arts (Cotuit)
Galactic Theatre (Warren)
Pump House Music Works (Wakefield)
Sandywoods Center for the Arts (Tiverton)
Soule Homestead Summer Concert Series (Middleborough)
Soundcheck Studios (Pembroke)
Stone Soup Coffeehouse at the Music Mansion (Providence)
The Cultural Center of Cape Cod (South Yarmouth)
The Music Room Cape Cod (Yarmouth)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Bristol Stone Church Coffeehouse (Bristol)
Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (Franklin)
Javawocky Coffeehouse (Brockton)
Not Just Another Coffeehouse (Sharon)
Open Road Coffeehouse (Rockland)
Rose Garden Coffeehouse (Mansfield)
South Shore Folk Music Club (Duxbury)
The Church Hill Coffeehouse (Norwell)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Askew (Providence)
Murphy’s Law Irish Pub (Pawtucket)

Libraries

Boyden Library (Foxborough)
Duxbury Free Library (Duxbury)
Plymouth Public Library (Plymouth)
Warwick Public Library (Warwick)

Small Theaters

Blackstone River Theater (Cumberland)
Courthouse Center for the Arts (South Kingstown)
Narrows Center For the Arts (Fall River)
The Cape Playhouse (Dennis)
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Plymouth)
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center (New Bedford)

Outdoor Music Series

Bridgewater Music Alley (Bridgewater)

Bars & Nightclubs

Fete Music Hall (Providence)
Nick-A-Nees (Providence)
O'Shea's Olde Inne (West Dennis)
The Met (Pawtucket)