Live Acoustic Music Near Lexington, 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 Lexington 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 Lexington 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 Lexington 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 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 24, 2020
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
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 13, 2020
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Aug 14, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Aug 20, 2020
Playing at Shalin Liu Performance Center (Small Theater)
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 Word Barn (Listening Room)
Oct 1, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
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)
Oct 8, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Oct 9, 2020
Playing at Second Friday Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Oct 9, 2020
Playing at Second Friday Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Oct 9, 2020
Playing at Cranberry County House Concerts (House Concert)
Oct 10, 2020
Playing at Bass Hall at Monadnock Center for History and Culture (Listening Room)
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.
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Places to See Live Acoustic Music
in and around Lexington, MA

House Concerts

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

Listening Rooms

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)
Chelmsford Center for the Arts (Chelmsford)
The Hearing Room (Lowell)
Indian Hill Music (Littleton)
VFW Salem, Massachusetts (Salem)
9 Wallis (Beverly)
River Club Music Hall (Scituate)
Soule Homestead Summer Concert Series (Middleborough)
The Word Barn (Exeter)
Bass Hall at Monadnock Center for History and Culture (Peterborough)
Galactic Theatre (Warren)
The Collaborative 02885 (Warren)
3S Artspace (Portsmouth)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

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

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

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

Libraries

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

Small Theaters

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

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)
Fete Music Hall (Providence)