Live Acoustic Music Near Boston, 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 Boston 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 Boston 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, small theaters and local vineyards and breweries in Boston. 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

Feb 28, 2020
Playing at Me and Thee Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Feb 28, 2020
Playing at Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Somerville Armory (Listening Room)
Feb 28, 2020
Playing at The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Founder of the Irish-American powerhouse band Solas, is now touring as a solo performer, bringing along friends and musical guests.
Feb 28, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Feb 28, 2020
Playing at Old Sloop Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Feb 29, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Feb 29, 2020
Playing at Harvard Public Library (Library)
Feb 29, 2020
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Mar 1, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Mar 1, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Mar 1, 2020
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Founder of the Irish-American powerhouse band Solas, is now touring as a solo performer, bringing along friends and musical guests.
Mar 1, 2020
Playing at Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Mar 4, 2020
Playing at Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Mar 4, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Mar 4, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Mar 4, 2020
Playing at AS220 (Small Theater)
Mar 5, 2020
Playing at Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Mar 5, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Mar 5, 2020
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Mar 5, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Mar 6, 2020
Playing at Me and Thee Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Mar 6, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Mar 6, 2020
Playing at First Friday Coffeehouse, Exeter, New Hampshire (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Wild Maple's lively, innovative acoustic sound is derived from a spectrum of musical influences including Americana, Traditional Irish/English folk music, Blues, and popular music of the western hemisphere from the late 20th century. Wonderful two and th
Mar 7, 2020
Playing at Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Mar 7, 2020
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Mar 7, 2020
Playing at Off the Common Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Shawna Caspi is a mighty singer, a fingerstyle guitarist, a story sculptor, and a truth teller.
Mar 7, 2020
Playing at New Revival Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Mar 7, 2020
Playing at The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Mar 7, 2020
Playing at Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Somerville Armory (Listening Room)
Mar 7, 2020
Playing at Musical Chairs House Concert Series (House Concert)
Mar 7, 2020
Playing at The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Wild Maple's lively, innovative acoustic sound is derived from a spectrum of musical influences including Americana, Traditional Irish/English folk music, Blues, and popular music of the western hemisphere from the late 20th century. Wonderful two and th
Mar 8, 2020
Playing at Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Mar 8, 2020
Playing at The Hearing Room (Listening Room)
Mar 10, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Mar 11, 2020
Playing at Columbus Theater (Concert Hall)
Mar 11, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Mar 11, 2020
Playing at AS220 (Small Theater)
Shawna Caspi is a mighty singer, a fingerstyle guitarist, a story sculptor, and a truth teller.
Mar 11, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Mar 12, 2020
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Mar 12, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
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Places to See Live Acoustic Music
in and around Boston, MA

House Concerts

The Rec Room House Concerts (Belmont)
Musical Chairs House Concert Series (Lexington)
Lakeview House Concerts (Sharon)
Zeitgeist Concerts (Acton)
Front Street Concerts (Hopkinton)
Upton House Concerts (Upton)
Borrowed House Concerts (Plaistow)
Studio 84 House Concerts (Middleborough)
Cranberry County House Concerts (Carver)
Patti's Place House Concerts (Seekonk)
Sleepy Hollow House Concerts (Chester)

Listening Rooms

City Winery (Boston)
The Lilypad (Cambridge)
Thunder Road (Somerville)
Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Somerville Armory (Somerville)
Club Passim (Cambridge)
Lizard Lounge (Cambridge)
Carriage House Concerts at Gore Place (Waltham)
VFW Salem, Massachusetts (Salem)
9 Wallis (Beverly)
River Club Music Hall (Scituate)
Chelmsford Center for the Arts (Chelmsford)
The Hearing Room (Lowell)
Indian Hill Music (Littleton)
Soule Homestead Summer Concert Series (Middleborough)
Galactic Theatre (Warren)
The Collaborative 02885 (Warren)
The Word Barn (Exeter)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Second Friday Coffeehouse (Belmont)
Braintree Folk at All Souls Church Coffeehouse (Braintree)
Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Wakefield)
Homegrown Coffeehouse (Needham)
Temple Isaiah Coffeehouse (Lexington)
Ivy Chord Coffeehouse (Reading)
Coffeehouse Off the Square (Hingham)
Open Book Coffeehouse (Canton)
Me and Thee Coffeehouse (Marblehead)
North Reading Community Coffeehouse (North Reading)
Not Just Another Coffeehouse (Sharon)
Open Road Coffeehouse (Rockland)
The Bluemoon Coffeehouse (Rockland)
First Parish of Sudbury Coffee House (Sudbury)
Javawocky Coffeehouse (Brockton)
Crossroads Music Series (North Andover)
OCC Coffeehouse (Wrentham)
New Revival Coffeehouse (Stow)
Steeple Coffeehouse (Southborough)
Rose Garden Coffeehouse (Mansfield)
Westford Parish Center For The Arts (Westford)
Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (Franklin)
Off the Common Coffeehouse (Bridgewater)
Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse (Byfield)
Wachusett Music Series (Harvard)
New Moon Coffeehouse (Haverhill)
Third Floor Coffeehouse (Northborough)
Old Sloop Coffeehouse (Rockport)
The Old New Coffeehouse (Salisbury)
Stone Soup Coffeehouse (Pawtucket)
John Henry's Hammer Coffeehouse (Worcester)
First Friday Coffeehouse, Exeter, New Hampshire (Exeter)
Bristol Stone Church Coffeehouse (Bristol)

Folk Music Societies

Folk Song Society of Greater Boston (Watertown)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

The Bebop (Boston)
Atwoods Tavern (Cambridge)
House of Blues Boston (Boston)
Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Cambridge)
Life Alive (Cambridge)
The Sinclair (Cambridge)
The Burren (Somerville)
Town Tavern (Arlington)
The Square Root Café (Boston)
Walnut Street Coffee Cafe (Lynn)
Dedham Square Coffeehouse (Dedham)
Three Squares Craft Kitchen & Cocktails (Needham)
The Gulu-Gulu Cafe (Salem)
Stoughton House of Brews (Stoughton)
Serendipity Cafe (Maynard)
The Bull Run Restaurant (Shirley)
Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar (Nashua)
Somethin's Brewin Book Cafe (Lakeville)
Askew (Providence)

Vineyards & Breweries

Running Brook Vineyard & Winery (Dartmouth)

Libraries

Concerts in the Courtyard at Boston Public Library (Boston)
Morrill Memorial Library (Norwood)
Holliston Public Library (Holliston)
Franklin Public Library (Franklin)
Harvard Public Library (Harvard)
Plymouth Public Library (Plymouth)
Wilton Folk Cafe (Wilton)
Warwick Public Library (Warwick)

Small Theaters

Regent Theatre (Arlington)
The Center for Arts in Natick (Natick)
The Cabot (Beverly)
Amazing Things Art Center (Framingham)
Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center (Foxborough)
Shalin Liu Performance Center (Rockport)
Firehouse Center for the Arts (Newburyport)
Narrows Center For the Arts (Fall River)
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Plymouth)
Blackstone River Theater (Cumberland)
Tupelo Music Hall (Londonderry)
AS220 (Providence)

Outdoor Music Series

West Newbury Community Bandstand Summer Concerts (West Newbury)
Maudslay Arts Center (Newburyport)

Bars & Nightclubs

Mr. Dooley's Boston (Boston)
Cantab Lounge (Cambridge)
Toad (Cambridge)
Brighton Music Hall (Allston)
Blue Ocean Music Hall (Salisbury)
News Cafe (Pawtucket)
Fete Music Hall (Providence)