Live Acoustic Music Near Needham, 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 Needham 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 Needham 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 Needham 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 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 14, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Aug 20, 2020
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Aug 20, 2020
Playing at Shalin Liu Performance Center (Small Theater)
Aug 20, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Aug 21, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Aug 22, 2020
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
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 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 17, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Sep 19, 2020
Playing at The Vanilla Bean (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Compass Records recording artist. Formerly on Windham Hill. Began career at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. Songs covered by Garth Brooks, Art Garfunkel, Joan Baez, Dion
Sep 24, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
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 Shalin Liu Performance Center (Small Theater)
Oct 4, 2020
Playing at Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Oct 4, 2020
Playing at Warwick Public Library (Library)
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 Cranberry County House Concerts (House Concert)
Oct 9, 2020
Playing at Second Friday Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Oct 10, 2020
Playing at Lizard Lounge (Listening Room)
Oct 11, 2020
Playing at Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
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Places to See Live Acoustic Music
in and around Needham, MA

House Concerts

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

Listening Rooms

Carriage House Concerts at Gore Place (Waltham)
Club Passim (Cambridge)
Lizard Lounge (Cambridge)
The Lilypad (Cambridge)
Thunder Road (Somerville)
Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Somerville Armory (Somerville)
City Winery (Boston)
Indian Hill Music (Littleton)
Chelmsford Center for the Arts (Chelmsford)
River Club Music Hall (Scituate)
VFW Salem, Massachusetts (Salem)
The Hearing Room (Lowell)
9 Wallis (Beverly)
Soule Homestead Summer Concert Series (Middleborough)
Galactic Theatre (Warren)
The Collaborative 02885 (Warren)
Sandywoods Center for the Arts (Tiverton)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

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

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

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

Vineyards & Breweries

Running Brook Vineyard & Winery (Dartmouth)

Libraries

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

Small Theaters

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

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)
Mr. Dooley's Boston (Boston)
News Cafe (Pawtucket)
Fete Music Hall (Providence)
Blue Ocean Music Hall (Salisbury)