Live Acoustic Music Near Cambridge, 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 Cambridge 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 Cambridge 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 Cambridge 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

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 The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Sep 26, 2019
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Sep 27, 2019
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Sep 27, 2019
Playing at The Collaborative 02885 (Listening Room)
Sep 27, 2019
Playing at Me and Thee Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Sep 27, 2019
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Sep 27, 2019
Playing at The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Sep 27, 2019
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (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 The Center for Arts in Natick (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 28, 2019
Playing at Javawocky Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Sep 28, 2019
Playing at Shalin Liu Performance Center (Small Theater)
Sep 28, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
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 Cambridge, MA

House Concerts

The Rec Room House Concerts (Belmont)
Musical Chairs House Concerts (Lexington)
Braintree Folk (Braintree)
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)

Listening Rooms

Club Passim (Cambridge)
Thunder Road (Somerville)
Lizard Lounge (Cambridge)
Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Somerville Armory (Somerville)
City Winery (Boston)
Carriage House Concerts at Gore Place (Waltham)
Milton Art Center (Milton)
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 Word Barn (Exeter)
The Collaborative 02885 (Warren)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Second Friday Coffeehouse (Belmont)
Temple Isaiah Coffeehouse (Lexington)
Homegrown Coffeehouse (Needham)
Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Wakefield)
Ivy Chord Coffeehouse (Reading)
North Reading Community Coffeehouse (North Reading)
Open Book Coffeehouse (Canton)
First Parish of Sudbury Coffee House (Sudbury)
Me and Thee Coffeehouse (Marblehead)
Not Just Another Coffeehouse (Sharon)
The Bluemoon Coffeehouse (Rockland)
New Revival Coffeehouse (Stow)
Javawocky Coffeehouse (Brockton)
Crossroads Music Series (North Andover)
Westford Parish Center For The Arts (Westford)
Steeple Coffeehouse (Southborough)
OCC Coffeehouse (Wrentham)
Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (Franklin)
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)
Bristol Stone Church Coffeehouse (Bristol)

Folk Music Societies

Folk Song Society of Greater Boston (Watertown)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Life Alive (Cambridge)
The Sinclair (Cambridge)
Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Cambridge)
Atwoods Tavern (Cambridge)
The Burren (Somerville)
The Bebop (Boston)
Three Squares Craft Kitchen & Cocktails (Needham)
Dedham Square Coffeehouse (Dedham)
Walnut Street Coffee Cafe (Lynn)
The Gulu-Gulu Cafe (Salem)
Stoughton House of Brews (Stoughton)
Serendipity Cafe (Maynard)
The Bull Run Restaurant (Shirley)
Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar (Nashua)
Bull Mansion (Worcester)
Somethin's Brewin Book Cafe (Lakeville)

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)
Blackstone River Theater (Cumberland)
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

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