Live Acoustic Music Near Chelmsford, 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 Chelmsford 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 Chelmsford host occasional coffeehouses that feature traditional folk musicians and other acoustic artists as a way of bringing the community together. Several 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 Chelmsford 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

Jul 8, 2020
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Jul 9, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Jul 10, 2020
Playing at The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Jul 10, 2020
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Jul 10, 2020
Playing at The Bebop (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Jul 11, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Jul 13, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Jul 16, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Jul 18, 2020
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
GoldenOak is an Indie/Soul/Folk band based out of Portland, Maine and fronted by siblings Zak and Lena Kendall.
Jul 23, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Jul 25, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Jul 30, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Jul 31, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Aug 1, 2020
Playing at The Center for Arts in Natick (Small Theater)
Aug 6, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Aug 9, 2020
Playing at The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Aug 10, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Aug 13, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Aug 14, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Aug 20, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Aug 20, 2020
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Aug 21, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Aug 22, 2020
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Aug 23, 2020
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Aug 25, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Shawn is an American singer-songwriter who specializes in folk rock, instrumental rock, adult alternative, and Americana music and is best known for the 1998 single "Lullaby", which hit number one on the Adult Top 40.
Aug 27, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Sep 3, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Sep 3, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Sep 8, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Sep 10, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Sep 10, 2020
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.
Sep 17, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Sep 17, 2020
Playing at The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Ex-Park Ranger Dan Weber is a gifted storyteller & performer who’s received accolades from the prestigious Woody Guthrie & Kerrville contests. "Insightful, engaging and awfully funny" and “reminiscent of early John Prine"
Sep 24, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Oct 1, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Oct 1, 2020
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Oct 3, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Oct 4, 2020
Playing at Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Oct 4, 2020
Playing at Shalin Liu Performance Center (Small Theater)
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Places to See Live Acoustic Music
in and around Chelmsford, MA

House Concerts

Zeitgeist Concerts (Acton)
Musical Chairs House Concert Series (Lexington)
Borrowed House Concerts (Plaistow)
Front Street Concerts (Hopkinton)
Upton House Concerts (Upton)
Lakeview House Concerts (Sharon)

Listening Rooms

Chelmsford Center for the Arts (Chelmsford)
The Hearing Room (Lowell)
Indian Hill Music (Littleton)
Carriage House Concerts at Gore Place (Waltham)
Lizard Lounge (Cambridge)
Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Somerville Armory (Somerville)
Club Passim (Cambridge)
Thunder Road (Somerville)
The Lilypad (Cambridge)
City Winery (Boston)
9 Wallis (Beverly)
VFW Salem, Massachusetts (Salem)
Bass Hall at Monadnock Center for History and Culture (Peterborough)
The Word Barn (Exeter)
River Club Music Hall (Scituate)
3S Artspace (Portsmouth)
1794 Meetinghouse (New Salem)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

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

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Serendipity Cafe (Maynard)
Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar (Nashua)
The Bull Run Restaurant (Shirley)
Town Tavern (Arlington)
The Burren (Somerville)
The Sinclair (Cambridge)
Atwoods Tavern (Cambridge)
Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Cambridge)
Walnut Street Coffee Cafe (Lynn)
House of Blues Boston (Boston)
The Bebop (Boston)
The Gulu-Gulu Cafe (Salem)
The Square Root Café (Boston)
Dedham Square Coffeehouse (Dedham)
Stoughton House of Brews (Stoughton)
Portsmouth Book and Bar (Portsmouth)
Press Room Restaurant (Portsmouth)
Flight Coffee (Dover)

Libraries

Harvard Public Library (Harvard)
Wilton Folk Cafe (Wilton)

Small Theaters

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

Outdoor Music Series

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

Bars & Nightclubs

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