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.

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. Local libraries also host free concerts that are open to the general public.

In addition, live acoustic music can be heard in several listening rooms and small theaters in Boston. Local vineyards and restaurants and cafes in the area sometimes host nationally touring musicians as well.

Below you can find a listing of upcoming shows in these smaller venues by nationally and internationally touring artists.

Upcoming Acoustic Shows

May 25
River Club Music Hall (Listening Room)
Scituate, MA
May 26
The Sinclair (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Cambridge, MA
May 26
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
May 26
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Plymouth, MA
May 26
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
May 28
Monique Byrne and Andy Rogovin perform original music and eye-opening covers that reflect a mutual passion, sense of discovery and celebration of life.
Not Just Another Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Sharon, MA
May 28
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
May 28
Shalin Liu Performance Center (Small Theater)
Rockport, MA
May 29
Monique Byrne and Andy Rogovin perform original music and eye-opening covers that reflect a mutual passion, sense of discovery and celebration of life.
Not Just Another Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Sharon, MA
May 29
Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Cambridge, MA
June 2
City Winery (Listening Room)
Boston, MA
June 2
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
June 2
Brighton Music Hall (Bar/Nightclub)
Allston, MA
June 2
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Plymouth, MA
June 3
Whimsical songwriter Deb Seymour is a master musical storyteller whose songs range from hitch-hiking chickens & tango-dancing Martians to blues-influenced torch songs. Laughter is the best medicine!
One Broadway Collaborative (Listening Room)
Lawrence, MA
June 3
Shalin Liu Performance Center (Small Theater)
Rockport, MA
June 3
The Center for Arts in Natick (Small Theater)
Natick, MA
June 3
Kathleen Alice "Kathy" Mattea is an American country music and bluegrass performer who often brings folk, Celtic, and traditional country sounds to her music.
Regent Theatre (Small Theater)
Arlington, MA
June 3
Rick Drost writes songs of depth and heart—songs likened to impressionist paintings. He sings from a long background in folk, classical, and Choral traditions.
One Broadway Collaborative (Listening Room)
Lawrence, MA
June 4
The Music Porch (House Concert)
Reading, MA
June 4
The Bull Run Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Shirley, MA
June 4
Brighton Music Hall (Bar/Nightclub)
Allston, MA
June 4
"...a luminous voice and a buoyant stage presence... big-hearted lyrics embrace the sum of life... Herscovitch's music blows on the embers of a lagging spirit..." -The Boston Globe
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
June 4
Borrowed House Concerts (House Concert)
Plaistow, NH
June 5
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
June 5
Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Cambridge, MA
June 8
Cafe 939 (College/University)
Boston, MA
June 8
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
June 9
Regent Theatre (Small Theater)
Arlington, MA
June 9
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
June 9
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
June 10
Dan and Faith are an award-winning, New England-based husband and wife singer/songwriter/storyteller duo who describe their music as dream-inspired folk. Daniel Senie (guitar, banjo, harmonica, vocals
One Broadway Collaborative (Listening Room)
Lawrence, MA
June 10
Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Fall River, MA
June 10
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
June 11
Leigh is best known as the lead singer for the band Six Pence None the Richer. But she mixes in those memorable hits with more recent work that hark back to her days growing up in Texas Hill Country - songs with a Texas twang & heatbroken lyrics.
Crossroads Music Series (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
North Andover, MA
June 11
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Plymouth, MA
June 11
Old Sloop Presents (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Rockport, MA
June 12
Willie T & Doctor X will perform on the patio at Muphy's Law Irish Pub from 2-5 PM, on Sunday, June 12th. (Indoors, in the event of rain).
Murphy’s Law Irish Pub (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Pawtucket, RI
June 12
City Winery (Listening Room)
Boston, MA
June 12
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
June 12
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
June 14
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
June 16
The Wilbur Theater (Concert Hall)
Boston, MA
June 16
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
June 17
Monique Byrne and Andy Rogovin perform original music and eye-opening covers that reflect a mutual passion, sense of discovery and celebration of life.
The Church Hill Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Norwell, MA
June 18
“…a guitarist of substance. He can impress with the best of them, but he can beguile and reach you emotionally in a way which is supremely rare…stunning range stylistically while made cohesive b
The Cabot (Small Theater)
Beverly, MA
June 18
Green Dragon Tavern (Bar/Nightclub)
Boston, MA
June 19
City Winery (Listening Room)
Boston, MA
June 19
Lakeview House Concerts (House Concert)
Sharon, MA
June 21
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
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Places to see live acoustic music in and around Boston, Massachusetts

House Concerts

Borrowed House Concerts (Plaistow)
Cranberry County House Concerts (Carver)
Fractal House (Medford)
Front Street Concerts (Hopkinton)
Lakeview House Concerts (Sharon)
The Music Porch (Reading)

Listening Rooms

2nd Shift Concerts at the Charles River Museum (Waltham)
City Winery (Boston)
Club Passim (Cambridge)
Indian Hill Music (Littleton)
One Broadway Collaborative (Lawrence)
River Club Music Hall (Scituate)
Sanctuary Maynard (Maynard)
Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Somerville Armory (Somerville)
Soule Homestead Summer Concert Series (Middleborough)
Soundcheck Studios (Pembroke)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (Franklin)
Crossroads Music Series (North Andover)
Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Wakefield)
New Moon Coffeehouse (Haverhill)
North Reading Community Coffeehouse (North Reading)
Not Just Another Coffeehouse (Sharon)
Old Sloop Presents (Rockport)
Open Book Coffeehouse (Canton)
Open Road Coffeehouse (Rockland)
Rose Garden Coffeehouse (Mansfield)
Second Friday Coffeehouse (Belmont)
South Shore Folk Music Club (Duxbury)
Stone Soup Coffeehouse (Pawtucket)
The Church Hill Coffeehouse (Norwell)
Westford Parish Center For The Arts (Westford)

Vineyards & Breweries

Aeronaut Brewing (Somerville)
Merrimack Ales (Lowell)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Atwoods Tavern (Cambridge)
House of Blues Boston (Boston)
Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Cambridge)
Murphy’s Law Irish Pub (Pawtucket)
Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar (Nashua)
The Bebop (Boston)
The Bull Run Restaurant (Shirley)
The Burren (Somerville)
The Gulu-Gulu Cafe (Salem)
The Porch Southern Fare and Juke Joint (Medford)
The Sinclair (Cambridge)

Libraries

Boyden Library (Foxborough)
Concerts in the Courtyard at Boston Public Library (Boston)
Franklin Public Library (Franklin)
Harvard Public Library (Harvard)
Norwell Public Library (Norwell)
Plymouth Public Library (Plymouth)

Small Theaters

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

Bars & Nightclubs

Blue Ocean Music Hall (Salisbury)
Brighton Music Hall (Allston)
Green Dragon Tavern (Boston)
Off the Hook (Quincy)
The Met (Pawtucket)
Toad (Cambridge)