Live Acoustic Music Near Providence, Rhode Island

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 Providence 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 Providence 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 Providence. 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 31
Preston Ridge Vineyard (Vineyard)
Preston, CT
June 1
An americana, celtic, folk, songwriter, traditional group from West Townshend, Vermont
Holliston Public Library (Library)
Holliston, MA
June 2
Lakeview House Concerts (House Concert)
Sharon, MA
June 2
Abbie Gardner, Chris Berardo, The CarLeans, and Jim Paradis Join Marc Douglas Berardo at The United Theatre in Westerly RI to celebrate MDB's new record "The Beauty of This Now".
The United Theatre (Small Theater)
Westerly, RI
June 2
The Knickerbocker Cafe (Listening Room)
Westerly, RI
June 4
The Stomping Ground (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Putnam, CT
June 7
GoldenOak is an Indie/Soul/Folk band based out of Portland, Maine and fronted by siblings Zak and Lena Kendall.
The Knickerbocker Cafe (Listening Room)
Westerly, RI
June 8
Fallout Shelter (Listening Room)
Norwood, MA
June 9
Singer/Songwriter: serving the song and a life sentence!
Newport Protective Club (Bar/Nightclub)
Newport, RI
June 9
Pump House Music Works (Listening Room)
Wakefield, RI
June 9
The Shepherd Center for the Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Fairhaven, MA
June 15
Open Book Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Canton, MA
June 15
Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Fall River, MA
June 21
Mayflower Brewing Company (Brewery)
Plymouth, MA
June 21
Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Fall River, MA
June 21
The Knickerbocker Cafe (Listening Room)
Westerly, RI
June 22
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Plymouth, MA
June 22
Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Fall River, MA
June 22
John Carter Hill is a singer/songwriter performing as a solo acoustic artist with great vocals and amazing guitar work, playing all your favorite music from 1980 to NOW!!!!
The Broken Crust (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Putnam, CT
June 27
The Met (Bar/Nightclub)
Pawtucket, RI
June 28
2022 JOHN LENNON SONGWRITING CONTEST FOLK SONG OF YEAR An award-winning singer-songwriter known for his Folk-Pop style, Sean wrote, performed, and recorded with Chicago folk act The Lulabelles and his music has been featured on television and radio
Preston Ridge Vineyard (Vineyard)
Preston, CT
July 1
If folk, roots, and Americana were on a Venn diagram, Grace Morrison would be squarely in the center. With a career that began as a backup singer for rock icons like Eddie Money and Joey Molland (of
Wareham Free Library (Library)
Wareham, MA
July 6
The Knickerbocker Cafe (Listening Room)
Westerly, RI
July 12
Fallout Shelter (Listening Room)
Norwood, MA
July 13
Fallout Shelter (Listening Room)
Norwood, MA
July 13
Westport Rivers Vineyard (Vineyard)
Westport, MA
July 14
Sassy pop rock with folk intimacy
Pond Front House Concerts (House Concert)
Carver, MA
July 16
The Met (Bar/Nightclub)
Pawtucket, RI
July 17
“Jessica Smucker is an original; a real artist with a cohesive message [and a] voice that is all her own. Each time I listen...I hear something new, the way I do when I listen to Joni Mitchell or Bob Dylan. She is that good." – Nerissa Nields
Perks and Corks (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Westerly, RI
July 18
The Stomping Ground (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Putnam, CT
July 18
2022 JOHN LENNON SONGWRITING CONTEST FOLK SONG OF YEAR An award-winning singer-songwriter known for his Folk-Pop style, Sean wrote, performed, and recorded with Chicago folk act The Lulabelles and his music has been featured on television and radio
The Knickerbocker Cafe (Listening Room)
Westerly, RI
July 21
Fallout Shelter (Listening Room)
Norwood, MA
July 28
Come celebrate Dana's 32nd Release "The Ghost of Tucumcari." This album features Lyle Lovett, Hayes Carll, Susan Gibson, Shake Russell, Darden Smith, Mando Saenz, Libby Koch, David Starr & more. LP's & CD's available for sale at the show.
The Stomping Ground (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Putnam, CT
August 2
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Plymouth, MA
August 8
Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Fall River, MA
August 11
Blackstone River Theater (Small Theater)
Cumberland, RI
August 11
Plymouth Public Library (Library)
Plymouth, MA
August 15
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Small Theater)
Plymouth, MA
August 15
Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Fall River, MA
August 18
The Knickerbocker Cafe (Listening Room)
Westerly, RI
August 22
Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Fall River, MA
August 25
Marc Douglas Berardo performs on the Songbird Stage featuring solo singer-songwriters, hosted by Allysen Callery. The Festival runs from 12 noon to 6 PM. More details TBA
Rhode Island Folk Festival (Festivals)
East Providence, RI
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Places to see live acoustic music in and around Providence, Rhode Island

House Concerts

Common Fence Music (Portsmouth)
Lakeview House Concerts (Sharon)
Log House Concerts (Westport)
Pond Front House Concerts (Carver)
Studio 84 House Concerts (Middleborough)

Listening Rooms

2nd Shift Concerts at the Charles River Museum (Waltham)
AS220 (Providence)
Fallout Shelter (Norwood)
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church- Medfield, MA (Medfield)
Galactic Theatre (Warren)
Niagara Coffee Haus (Millis)
Old South Meetinghouse (Boston)
Pump House Music Works (Wakefield)
Sandywoods Center for the Arts (Tiverton)
Soundcheck Studios (Pembroke)
Stone Soup Coffeehouse (Providence)
The Knickerbocker Cafe (Westerly)

Folk Music Societies

Folk Song Society of Greater Boston (Watertown)
Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA) (Cranston)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Bristol's Stone Church Coffeehouse (Bristol)
Central Village Congregational Church (Plainfield)
Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (Franklin)
Homegrown Coffeehouse (Needham)
Not Just Another Coffeehouse (Sharon)
Off the Common Coffeehouse (Bridgewater)
Open Book Coffeehouse (Canton)
Open Road Coffeehouse (Rockland)
Rose Garden Coffeehouse (Mansfield)

Vineyards & Breweries

Preston Ridge Vineyard (Preston)
Westport Rivers Vineyard (Westport)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Askew (Providence)
Cafe 939 (Boston)
House of Blues Boston (Boston)
Java Madness (Wakefield)
Perks and Corks (Westerly)
The Broken Crust (Putnam)
The Haven (Jamaica Plain)
The Square Root Café (Boston)
The Stomping Ground (Putnam)
The Vanilla Bean (Pomfret)

Libraries

Boyden Library (Foxborough)
Fletcher LIbrary (Hampton)
Franklin Public Library (Franklin)
George Hail Public Library (Warren)
Holliston Public Library (Holliston)
Middleborough Public Library (Middleborough)
Morrill Memorial Library (Norwood)
Plymouth Public Library (Plymouth)
Red Ink Community Library (Providence)
Seekonk Public Library (Seekonk)
Wareham Free Library (Wareham)
Warwick Public Library (Warwick)

Small Theaters

Amazing Things Art Center (atac) (Framingham)
Blackstone River Theater (Cumberland)
Four Corners Arts Center (Tiverton)
Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center (Foxborough)
Narrows Center For the Arts (Fall River)
The Center for Arts in Natick (Natick)
The Shepherd Center for the Performing Arts (Fairhaven)
The Spire Center for Performing Arts (Plymouth)
The United Theatre (Westerly)
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center (New Bedford)

Outdoor Music Series

Bridgewater Music Alley (Bridgewater)

Bars & Nightclubs

Brighton Music Hall (Allston)
Fete Music Hall (Providence)
Newport Protective Club (Newport)
News Cafe (Pawtucket)
Nick-A-Nees (Providence)
The Met (Pawtucket)