Live Acoustic Music Near Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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

Several churches and non-profit community groups around Portsmouth 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 many listening rooms, small theaters and local vineyards and breweries in Portsmouth. Restaurants and cafes around town 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

Jul 30, 2021
Playing at Tupelo Music Hall (Small Theater)
Aug 4, 2021
Playing at Whipple Free Library (Library)
Monique Byrne and Andy Rogovin perform original music and eye-opening covers that reflect a mutual passion, sense of discovery and celebration of life.
Aug 7, 2021
Playing at Vinegar Hill Music Theatre (Listening Room)
Aug 7, 2021
Playing at The Music Hall (Small Theater)
Aug 8, 2021
Playing at Maine Craft Distilling (Vineyard/Brewery)
Aug 14, 2021
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Aug 14, 2021
Playing at 3S Artspace (Listening Room)
Aug 15, 2021
Playing at The Music Hall (Small Theater)
Aug 19, 2021
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Aug 26, 2021
Playing at The Music Porch (House Concert)
Folk-pop artist Halley Neal is a Nashville based singer and songwriter. Inspired by music from the 70's, Halley has been working on her debut record for 2 years with plans to release in spring 2021.
Aug 30, 2021
Playing at Press Room Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Sep 11, 2021
Playing at Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
A Winner of both the Kerrville and Tumbleweed Folk Festival songwriting competitions, Claudia’s amber honey voice delivers emotionally fearless songs in between outlandish and irreverant monologues.
Sep 18, 2021
Playing at Borrowed House Concerts (House Concert)
Sep 25, 2021
Playing at Tupelo Music Hall (Small Theater)
An American singer-songwriter and actress, who was the runner-up on the ninth season of American Idol
Oct 8, 2021
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Oct 10, 2021
Playing at One Longfellow Square (Listening Room)
Oct 16, 2021
Playing at One Longfellow Square (Listening Room)
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Places to See Live Acoustic Music
in and around Portsmouth, NH

House Concerts

Borrowed House Concerts (Plaistow)
The Music Porch (Reading)
The Greenhouse studio (Gilford)
Fractal House (Medford)
Peaks Island House Concert Series (Portland)

Listening Rooms

3S Artspace (Portsmouth)
The Stone Church (Newmarket)
The Word Barn (Exeter)
Vinegar Hill Music Theatre (Arundel)
One Longfellow Square (Portland)
Port City Blue (Portland)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse (Byfield)
Old Sloop Coffeehouse (Rockport)
Me and Thee Coffeehouse (Marblehead)
Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Wakefield)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Press Room Restaurant (Portsmouth)
Clambake Seafood Restaurant (Scarborough)
Portland Lobster Company (Portland)
The Porch Southern Fare and Juke Joint (Medford)

Vineyards & Breweries

Maine Craft Distilling (Portland)


Whipple Free Library (New Boston)

Small Theaters

The Music Hall (Portsmouth)
Shalin Liu Performance Center (Rockport)
Tupelo Music Hall (Londonderry)