Live Acoustic Music Near Salem, 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 Salem 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 Salem 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 and small theaters in and around the Salem 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

Nov 5, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Nov 7, 2020
Playing at Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Nov 7, 2020
Playing at Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Nov 13, 2020
Playing at The Music Hall (Small Theater)
Nov 19, 2020
Playing at The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Austin MacRae is a singer/songwriter from Ithaca, NY, whose music is known for its lyrical and vocal intensity. With a sensitive finger-picking style, MacRae crafts songs rich in wordplay and story.
Dec 5, 2020
Playing at Old Sloop Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Dec 5, 2020
Playing at Off the Common Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
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
Dec 5, 2020
Playing at Old Sloop Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Dec 10, 2020
Playing at The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
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Places to See Live Acoustic Music
in and around Salem, MA

House Concerts

Musical Chairs House Concert Series (Lexington)
Borrowed House Concerts (Plaistow)
Zeitgeist Concerts (Acton)
Lakeview House Concerts (Sharon)
Front Street Concerts (Hopkinton)
Cranberry County House Concerts (Carver)
Patti's Place House Concerts (Seekonk)

Listening Rooms

VFW Salem, Massachusetts (Salem)
9 Wallis (Beverly)
City Winery (Boston)
Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Somerville Armory (Somerville)
Thunder Road (Somerville)
The Lilypad (Cambridge)
Lizard Lounge (Cambridge)
Club Passim (Cambridge)
Carriage House Concerts at Gore Place (Waltham)
River Club Music Hall (Scituate)
The Hearing Room (Lowell)
Chelmsford Center for the Arts (Chelmsford)
Indian Hill Music (Littleton)
The Word Barn (Exeter)
3S Artspace (Portsmouth)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Me and Thee Coffeehouse (Marblehead)
Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Wakefield)
Ivy Chord Coffeehouse (Reading)
Crossroads Music Series (North Andover)
Second Friday Coffeehouse (Belmont)
Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse (Byfield)
Old Sloop Coffeehouse (Rockport)
Coffeehouse Off the Square (Hingham)
New Moon Coffeehouse (Haverhill)
Braintree Folk at All Souls Church Coffeehouse (Braintree)
Homegrown Coffeehouse (Needham)
Open Road Coffeehouse (Rockland)
Not Just Another Coffeehouse (Sharon)
Javawocky Coffeehouse (Brockton)
New Revival Coffeehouse (Stow)
First Friday Coffeehouse, Exeter, New Hampshire (Exeter)
OCC Coffeehouse (Wrentham)
Off the Common Coffeehouse (Bridgewater)
Rose Garden Coffeehouse (Mansfield)
Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (Franklin)
John Henry's Hammer Coffeehouse (Worcester)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

The Gulu-Gulu Cafe (Salem)
Walnut Street Coffee Cafe (Lynn)
The Porch Southern Fare and Juke Joint (Medford)
Atwoods Tavern (Cambridge)
The Burren (Somerville)
Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Cambridge)
The Sinclair (Cambridge)
The Bebop (Boston)
House of Blues Boston (Boston)
The Square Root Café (Boston)
Dedham Square Coffeehouse (Dedham)
Serendipity Cafe (Maynard)
The Bull Run Restaurant (Shirley)
Portsmouth Book and Bar (Portsmouth)
Press Room Restaurant (Portsmouth)
Coffeehouse at the Mews (Provincetown)

Libraries

Harvard Public Library (Harvard)

Small Theaters

The Cabot (Beverly)
Regent Theatre (Arlington)
Shalin Liu Performance Center (Rockport)
Firehouse Center for the Arts (Newburyport)
The Center for Arts in Natick (Natick)
Amazing Things Art Center (Framingham)
Tupelo Music Hall (Londonderry)
The Music Hall (Portsmouth)
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Plymouth)
Narrows Center For the Arts (Fall River)
Blackstone River Theater (Cumberland)

Bars & Nightclubs

Mr. Dooley's Boston (Boston)
Toad (Cambridge)
Brighton Music Hall (Allston)
Blue Ocean Music Hall (Salisbury)