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. Many 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

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Oct 24, 2021
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Marc Douglas Berardo’s show brings to mind James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett, Guy Clark or Steely Dan with a touch of Twain or Hunter S Thompson for good measure. It’s a night of laughter and tears th
Oct 15, 2021
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Oct 15, 2021
Playing at The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Oct 15, 2021
Playing at The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Oct 15, 2021
Playing at Amazing Things Art Center (Small Theater)
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.
Oct 15, 2021
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Oct 15, 2021
Playing at The Center for Arts in Natick (Small Theater)
Oct 16, 2021
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Oct 17, 2021
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Oct 17, 2021
Playing at Lakeview House Concerts (House Concert)
Oct 17, 2021
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
The Accidentals display a genre-hopping range of influences and some smart songwriting skills to go with their abundant musical chops
Oct 19, 2021
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
International Folk Music Awards 2017 Artist of the Year Ordinary Elephant captivates audiences with their emotionally powerful and vulnerable songs, letting the listener know that they are not alone i
Oct 20, 2021
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Oct 21, 2021
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Oct 21, 2021
Playing at Blue Ocean Music Hall (Bar/Nightclub)
Oct 21, 2021
Playing at The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Oct 21, 2021
Playing at The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Oct 22, 2021
Playing at The Cabot (Small Theater)
Oct 22, 2021
Playing at Shalin Liu Performance Center (Small Theater)
Oct 22, 2021
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Oct 22, 2021
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Oct 23, 2021
Playing at Borrowed House Concerts (House Concert)
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.
Oct 23, 2021
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Oct 23, 2021
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Oct 24, 2021
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Oct 26, 2021
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Oct 28, 2021
Playing at The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Oct 29, 2021
Playing at Shalin Liu Performance Center (Small Theater)
Oct 29, 2021
Playing at The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Kathleen Alice "Kathy" Mattea is an American country music and bluegrass performer who often brings folk, Celtic, and traditional country sounds to her music.
Oct 29, 2021
Playing at The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Oct 30, 2021
Playing at Blackstone River Theater (Small Theater)
Oct 30, 2021
Playing at The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Oct 31, 2021
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
American Songwriter describes Eilen Jewell as “one of America’s most intriguing, creative and idiosyncratic voices.”
Oct 31, 2021
Playing at The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Kathleen Alice "Kathy" Mattea is an American country music and bluegrass performer who often brings folk, Celtic, and traditional country sounds to her music.
Nov 2, 2021
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Leigh is best known as the lead singer for the band Six Pence None the Richer. But she mixes in those memorable hits with more recent work that hark back to her days growing up in Texas Hill Country - songs with a Texas twang & heatbroken lyrics.
Nov 2, 2021
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
An American blues guitarist, musician, and singer. His playing combines a number of blues styles, primarily Delta blues.
Nov 2, 2021
Playing at The Sinclair (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Nov 3, 2021
Playing at The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
An American blues guitarist, musician, and singer. His playing combines a number of blues styles, primarily Delta blues.
Nov 4, 2021
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Nov 4, 2021
Playing at The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
An American blues guitarist, musician, and singer. His playing combines a number of blues styles, primarily Delta blues.
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Places to See Live Acoustic Music
in and around Salem, MA

House Concerts

The Music Porch (Reading)
Fractal House (Medford)
Borrowed House Concerts (Plaistow)
Lakeview House Concerts (Sharon)
Front Street Concerts (Hopkinton)
Cranberry County House Concerts (Carver)

Listening Rooms

City Winery (Boston)
Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Somerville Armory (Somerville)
Club Passim (Cambridge)
Soundcheck Studios (Pembroke)
Indian Hill Music (Littleton)
The Word Barn (Exeter)
The Stone Church (Newmarket)
3S Artspace (Portsmouth)
Soule Homestead Summer Concert Series (Middleborough)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Wakefield)
Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse (Byfield)
Old Sloop Presents (Rockport)
New Moon Coffeehouse (Haverhill)
Westford Parish Center For The Arts (Westford)
Open Book Coffeehouse (Canton)
Off the Common Coffeehouse (Bridgewater)
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)
Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Cambridge)
The Sinclair (Cambridge)
The Bebop (Boston)
House of Blues Boston (Boston)
Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar (Nashua)
The Bull Run Restaurant (Shirley)
Press Room Restaurant (Portsmouth)
Flight Coffee (Dover)
The Club Provincetown (Provincetown)

Libraries

Concerts in the Courtyard at Boston Public Library (Boston)
Norwell Public Library (Norwell)
Franklin Public Library (Franklin)
Wilton Folk Cafe (Wilton)

Small Theaters

The Cabot (Beverly)
Shalin Liu Performance Center (Rockport)
Norwood Theater (Norwood)
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

Brighton Music Hall (Allston)
Blue Ocean Music Hall (Salisbury)