Live Acoustic Music Near Allston, 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 Allston 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 Allston 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 and around the Allston 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

Dec 7, 2019
Playing at The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Dec 7, 2019
Playing at The Cabot (Small Theater)
Dec 7, 2019
Playing at Harvard Public Library (Library)
Dec 7, 2019
Playing at Off the Common Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Dec 7, 2019
Playing at Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Dec 7, 2019
Playing at Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Dec 7, 2019
Playing at The Bebop (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Dec 7, 2019
Playing at New Revival Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
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Dec 8, 2019
Playing at Amazing Things Art Center (Small Theater)
Dec 8, 2019
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Dec 10, 2019
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Dec 10, 2019
Playing at The Stomping Ground (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Dec 11, 2019
Playing at Shalin Liu Performance Center (Small Theater)
Dec 11, 2019
Playing at Columbus Theater (Concert Hall)
Dec 11, 2019
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Dec 11, 2019
Playing at Serendipity Cafe (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Dec 12, 2019
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Dec 12, 2019
Playing at Blue Ocean Music Hall (Bar/Nightclub)
Dec 13, 2019
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Dec 13, 2019
Playing at Brighton Music Hall (Bar/Nightclub)
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Places to See Live Acoustic Music in and around Allston, MA

House Concerts

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

Listening Rooms

Club Passim (Cambridge)
Lizard Lounge (Cambridge)
Thunder Road (Somerville)
Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Somerville Armory (Somerville)
City Winery (Boston)
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)
Soule Homestead Summer Concert Series (Middleborough)
The Collaborative 02885 (Warren)
The Word Barn (Exeter)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Second Friday Coffeehouse (Belmont)
Homegrown Coffeehouse (Needham)
Temple Isaiah Coffeehouse (Lexington)
Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Wakefield)
Braintree Folk at All Souls Church Coffeehouse (Braintree)
Ivy Chord Coffeehouse (Reading)
Open Book Coffeehouse (Canton)
First Parish of Sudbury Coffee House (Sudbury)
Coffeehouse Off the Square (Hingham)
North Reading Community Coffeehouse (North Reading)
Not Just Another Coffeehouse (Sharon)
Me and Thee Coffeehouse (Marblehead)
The Bluemoon Coffeehouse (Rockland)
Javawocky Coffeehouse (Brockton)
New Revival Coffeehouse (Stow)
Steeple Coffeehouse (Southborough)
OCC Coffeehouse (Wrentham)
Westford Parish Center For The Arts (Westford)
Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (Franklin)
Crossroads Music Series (North Andover)
Rose Garden Coffeehouse (Mansfield)
Wachusett Music Series (Harvard)
Third Floor Coffeehouse (Northborough)
Off the Common Coffeehouse (Bridgewater)
Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse (Byfield)
Old Sloop Coffeehouse (Rockport)
The Old New Coffeehouse (Salisbury)
John Henry's Hammer Coffeehouse (Worcester)
Stone Soup Coffeehouse (Pawtucket)
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 Sinclair (Cambridge)
Life Alive (Cambridge)
Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Cambridge)
The Bebop (Boston)
Atwoods Tavern (Cambridge)
The Burren (Somerville)
Town Tavern (Arlington)
The Square Root Café (Boston)
Three Squares Craft Kitchen & Cocktails (Needham)
Dedham Square Coffeehouse (Dedham)
Walnut Street Coffee Cafe (Lynn)
Stoughton House of Brews (Stoughton)
The Gulu-Gulu Cafe (Salem)
Serendipity Cafe (Maynard)
The Bull Run Restaurant (Shirley)
Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar (Nashua)
Bull Mansion (Worcester)
Somethin's Brewin Book Cafe (Lakeville)
The Stomping Ground (Putnam)

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

Outdoor Music Series

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

Bars & Nightclubs

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