Live Acoustic Music Near Columbia, Maryland

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 Columbia 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 Columbia host occasional coffeehouses that feature traditional folk musicians and other acoustic artists as a way of bringing the community together.

In addition, live acoustic music can be heard in several listening rooms and small theaters in and around the Columbia area. 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 21
Elk Run Vineyards and Winery (Vineyard)
Mount Airy, MD
May 21
Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Vienna, VA
May 21
American Ice Company Cafe (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Westminster, MD
May 21
Creek's Edge Winery (Vineyard)
Lovettsville, VA
May 21
The Birchmere (Small Theater)
Alexandria, VA
May 21
The Mainstay (Listening Room)
Rock Hall, MD
May 21
"The music of Seth Glier veers towards being indefinable." - Paste Magazine Workshop 3pm-4:30pm; Concert 7:30pm
Gaithersburg Arts Barn (Listening Room)
Gaithersburg, MD
May 22
Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Vienna, VA
May 23
Sixth & I Downstairs (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Washington, DC
May 23
Sixth & I Downstairs (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Washington, DC
May 26
Clawhammer banjo and percussive dance at its finest!
Institute of Musical Traditions (Listening Room)
Takoma Park, MD
May 26
Rams Head On Stage (Small Theater)
Annapolis, MD
May 26
Pearl Street Warehouse (Listening Room)
Washington, DC
May 27
Smith tells elongated and elliptical stories about the songs, and how they are to his life. Smith says “on a good night the stories and songs ride on top of a funky kind of country blues pop stomp”. 
Cafe Sazon (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Arlington, VA
May 27
The Hamilton (Small Theater)
Washington, DC
May 27
Rams Head On Stage (Small Theater)
Annapolis, MD
May 27
Pearl Street Warehouse (Listening Room)
Washington, DC
May 28
Pearl Street Warehouse (Listening Room)
Washington, DC
June 3
The Mile Twelve lineup offers five of the most promising young musicians in bluegrass: David Benedict (mandolin), Catherine “BB” Bowness (banjo), Bronwyn Keith-Hynes (fiddle), Evan Murphy (guitar, lead vocals), and Nate Sabat (bass, lead vocals).
Square in a Circle House Concert (House Concert)
Takoma Park, MD
June 4
Gretchen Peters' songs immerse listeners in a world of emotion, digging underneath to expose what is fueling the fire. Heartbreaking and heartwarming. Workshop 3pm-4:30pm; Concert 7:30pm
Gaithersburg Arts Barn (Listening Room)
Gaithersburg, MD
June 4
Hidden Hills Farm and Vineyard (Vineyard)
Frederick, MD
June 4
Hill Country Barbeque (DC) (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Washington, DC
June 4
Smith tells elongated and elliptical stories about the songs, and how they are to his life. Smith says “on a good night the stories and songs ride on top of a funky kind of country blues pop stomp”. 
Cafe Sazon (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Arlington, VA
June 5
Songbyrd Record Cafe and Music House (Listening Room)
Washington, DC
June 8
Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Vienna, VA
June 9
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.
Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Vienna, VA
June 9
Rams Head On Stage (Small Theater)
Annapolis, MD
June 9
Half of Baltimore’s ilyAIMY. Her lush voice and storytelling have earnedTelluride Troubadour Top 4, Falcon Ridge Most Wanted, No Depression Award Finalist and Grand Prize Bernard Ebb Award.
Parallel Wine & Whiskey Bar (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Broadlands, VA
June 10
Garys House Concert Series (House Concert)
Woodbine, MD
June 11
Since 2003 ilyAIMY's played the nation's baitshops, biker weeks, coffeehouses, colleges & clothing-optional resorts as "an acoustically roiling combustible attack on the usual singer/songwriter fare"
Focus Music (Folk Music Society)
Alexandria, VA
June 11
“When you combine the transcendent poetry of Bob Dylan with the gritty, real-world rock-n-roll storytelling that Bruce Springsteen made so famous, and then add a dash of the political activism embod
Macum Creek Concerts (House Concert)
Chester, MD
June 11
Tally Ho Theater (Small Theater)
Leesburg, VA
June 11
The Birchmere (Small Theater)
Alexandria, VA
June 12
Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Vienna, VA
June 12
The Birchmere (Small Theater)
Alexandria, VA
June 16
Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Vienna, VA
June 16
The Miracle Theatre (Small Theater)
Washington, DC
June 16
The Hamilton (Small Theater)
Washington, DC
June 16
Rams Head On Stage (Small Theater)
Annapolis, MD
June 17
The Birchmere (Small Theater)
Alexandria, VA
June 18
Since 2003 ilyAIMY's played the nation's baitshops, biker weeks, coffeehouses, colleges & clothing-optional resorts as "an acoustically roiling combustible attack on the usual singer/songwriter fare"
7 Locks Brewing (Brewery)
Rockville, MD
June 18
Pearl Street Warehouse (Listening Room)
Washington, DC
June 18
UUCC One World Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Columbia, MD
June 19
An Evening with Acclaimed Singer/Songwriters Dana Cooper & Tom Pradada-Rao. Come out to hear New Music From Dana Cooper's Latest Release "I Can Face The Truth", as well as Old Favorites. Join us for a Night of Great Music & Songwriting.
Pearl Street Warehouse (Listening Room)
Washington, DC
June 20
ITZALL Goode Music & SHC Music Tribe Present Naked Blue ABOUT NAKED BLUE: nakedblue.com More info: shcmusictribe.com
SHC Music Tribe Concerts (Listening Room)
Gambrills, MD
June 22
Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Vienna, VA
June 23
Rams Head On Stage (Small Theater)
Annapolis, MD
June 23
Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Vienna, VA
June 23
Join us for a great night of music from Dana Cooper. A poetic & powerful Indie Folk/Americana Songwriter from Nashville. Celebrating his New Release "I Can Face The Truth", Dana will be performing new songs and old favorites.
New Deal Cafe (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Greenbelt, MD
June 24
Since 2003 ilyAIMY's played the nation's baitshops, biker weeks, coffeehouses, colleges & clothing-optional resorts as "an acoustically roiling combustible attack on the usual singer/songwriter fare"
American Ice Company Cafe (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Westminster, MD
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Places to see live acoustic music in and around Columbia, Maryland

House Concerts

Celtic House Concerts at Swift Run (Fairfax Station)
Club 603 (Baltimore)
CommuniTea House Concert (Glen Burnie)
Concerts at the Sevareid House (Alexandria)
Edith May’s Paradise (Jessup)
Garys House Concert Series (Woodbine)
Great Falls Theatrics House Concert (Great Falls)
Lucky Penny House Concert Series (Washington)
Macum Creek Concerts (Chester)
Music at Chateau Belvedere (Leesburg)
Music on the Heights (Broadlands)
Square in a Circle House Concert (Takoma Park)

Listening Rooms

An Die Musik (Baltimore)
City Winery (Washington)
Creative Alliance at The Patterson (Baltimore)
Gaithersburg Arts Barn (Gaithersburg)
Institute of Musical Traditions (Takoma Park)
Jammin Java (Vienna)
Pearl Street Warehouse (Washington)
SHC Music Tribe Concerts (Gambrills)
Songbyrd Record Cafe and Music House (Washington)
The Cellar Stage at The Timonium United Methodist Church (Lutherville-Timonium)
The Living Stage at Hotel RL Baltimore (Baltimore)
The Living Stage at Hotel RL Washington (Washington)
The Mainstay (Rock Hall)
The Mansion on O (Washington)
Union Stage (Washington)

Folk Music Societies

Focus Music (Alexandria)
Sandy Spring Museum (Sandy Spring)
Folk Club Reston-Herndon (Herndon)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Common Ground on the Hill - Westminster (Westminster)
Sixth & I Downstairs (Washington)
Unity by the Bay Church (Annapolis)
Unity Coffeehouse ~ Acoustic Cafe (Annapolis)
UUCC One World Coffeehouse (Columbia)

Vineyards & Breweries

Black Ankle Vineyards (Mount Airy)
Creek's Edge Winery (Lovettsville)
Elk Run Vineyards and Winery (Mount Airy)
Hidden Hills Farm and Vineyard (Frederick)
Linganore Winecellars (Mount Airy)
Lost Rhino (Ashburn)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

49 West Coffeehouse (Annapolis)
American Ice Company Cafe (Westminster)
Black Cat (Washington)
Cafe Sazon (Arlington)
Frederick Coffee Company (Frederick)
Hightopps Backstage Grille (Timonium)
Hill Country Barbeque (DC) (Washington)
New Deal Cafe (Greenbelt)
Parallel Wine & Whiskey Bar (Broadlands)
Solace Outpost (Falls Church)

Small Theaters

Arts Barn (Gaithersburg)
Black Cherry Puppet Theater (Baltimore)
Creative Cauldron (Falls Church)
Rams Head On Stage (Annapolis)
Stages Music Arts (Cockeysville)
Tally Ho Theater (Leesburg)
The Birchmere (Alexandria)
The Hamilton (Washington)
The Miracle Theatre (Washington)

Outdoor Music Series

Sky Stage (Frederick)
Frederick City Market (Frederick)
Urbana Library Farmers Market (Frederick)
Clarksville Commons Farmers Market (Clarksville)
Fairfax Funky Flea (Fairfax)