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

Sep 22, 2019
Playing at The Sinclair (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Sep 23, 2019
Playing at Toad (Bar/Nightclub)
Sep 25, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Sep 26, 2019
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Sep 26, 2019
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Sep 27, 2019
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Sep 27, 2019
Playing at The Collaborative 02885 (Listening Room)
Sep 27, 2019
Playing at The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Sep 27, 2019
Playing at Me and Thee Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Sep 27, 2019
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Sep 27, 2019
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Sep 28, 2019
Playing at The Center for Arts in Natick (Small Theater)
Sep 28, 2019
Playing at Javawocky Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Sep 28, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Sep 28, 2019
Playing at Shalin Liu Performance Center (Small Theater)
Sep 28, 2019
Playing at Bristol Stone Church Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Sep 28, 2019
Playing at Regent Theatre (Small Theater)
Sep 28, 2019
Playing at Upton House Concerts (House Concert)
"Prodigious players with songwriting that sets them apart," this Canadian-American duo combine emotive, soaring violin, diverse guitar styles, and unique vocal chemistry for a “match made in heaven.”
Sep 29, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Sep 29, 2019
Playing at The Bull Run Restaurant (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)
Braintree Folk (Braintree)
Musical Chairs House Concerts (Lexington)
Lakeview House Concerts (Sharon)
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)
Thunder Road (Somerville)
Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Somerville Armory (Somerville)
Club Passim (Cambridge)
Lizard Lounge (Cambridge)
Milton Art Center (Milton)
Carriage House Concerts at Gore Place (Waltham)
9 Wallis (Beverly)
River Club Music Hall (Scituate)
Chelmsford Center for the Arts (Chelmsford)
The Hearing Room (Lowell)
Soule Homestead Summer Concert Series (Middleborough)
The Collaborative 02885 (Warren)
The Word Barn (Exeter)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Second Friday Coffeehouse (Belmont)
Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Wakefield)
Homegrown Coffeehouse (Needham)
Temple Isaiah Coffeehouse (Lexington)
Ivy Chord Coffeehouse (Reading)
Open Book Coffeehouse (Canton)
Me and Thee Coffeehouse (Marblehead)
North Reading Community Coffeehouse (North Reading)
Not Just Another Coffeehouse (Sharon)
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)
Third Floor Coffeehouse (Northborough)
Old Sloop Coffeehouse (Rockport)
The Old New Coffeehouse (Salisbury)
Stone Soup Coffeehouse (Pawtucket)
John Henry's Hammer Coffeehouse (Worcester)
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)
Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Cambridge)
Life Alive (Cambridge)
The Sinclair (Cambridge)
The Burren (Somerville)
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)
Bull Mansion (Worcester)
Coffeehouse at the Mews (Provincetown)

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)
Plymouth Public Library (Plymouth)
Wilton Folk Cafe (Wilton)

Small Theaters

Regent Theatre (Arlington)
The Center for Arts in Natick (Natick)
The Cabot (Beverly)
Amazing Things Art Center (Framingham)
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)
AS220 (Providence)

Outdoor Music Series

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

Bars & Nightclubs

Cantab Lounge (Cambridge)
Toad (Cambridge)
Brighton Music Hall (Allston)
Blue Ocean Music Hall (Salisbury)
Fete Music Hall (Providence)