Live Acoustic Music Near Rockport, 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 several house concerts being held in and around the Rockport 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 Rockport 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 and around the Rockport 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

August 9
Rock, jazz, funk and alternative folk, all wrapped in the spirit of the Latin music she grew up with. NPR calls Alisa, “a pitch-perfect rendition of my wildest dreams.”
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
August 10
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
August 13
The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Exeter, NH
August 13
Press Room Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Portsmouth, NH
August 14
The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Exeter, NH
August 15
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
August 17
3S Artspace (Listening Room)
Portsmouth, NH
August 17
Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Cambridge, MA
August 17
The Stone Church (Listening Room)
Newmarket, NH
August 18
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
August 20
The Music Hall Lounge (Small Theater)
Portsmouth, NH
August 21
The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Exeter, NH
August 24
The Wilbur Theater (Concert Hall)
Boston, MA
August 25
Violet Bell is re-wilding Americana. Vocal harmonies, fiddle and guitar weave together with captivating storytelling to offer a unique perspective on the roots music traditions that inform their sound.
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
August 25
Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Cambridge, MA
August 25
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
August 26
3S Artspace (Listening Room)
Portsmouth, NH
August 26
w Philip Berman
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
August 26
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.
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
August 26
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
August 26
Shalin Liu Performance Center (Small Theater)
Rockport, MA
August 26
City Winery (Listening Room)
Boston, MA
August 27
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
August 27
The Music Hall Lounge (Small Theater)
Portsmouth, NH
August 28
The Stone Church (Listening Room)
Newmarket, NH
August 28
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
August 28
Greg Klyma is a road-tested troubadour and a relentless songwriter. You'll find him weaving lanes between Tom Petty and Merle Haggard on music's highway.
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
August 31
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
September 1
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
September 2
The Music Hall Lounge (Small Theater)
Portsmouth, NH
September 7
Press Room Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Portsmouth, NH
September 8
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
September 8
Press Room Restaurant (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Portsmouth, NH
September 9
The Music Hall Lounge (Small Theater)
Portsmouth, NH
September 9
Jim Kweskin's shows radiate charm, humor, sophistication and talent. His endearing sense of good humor and interpretations make his performances a delight. Kweskin is recognized as one of the best interpreters of the great American songbook.
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
September 9
Shalin Liu Performance Center (Small Theater)
Rockport, MA
September 9
The Wilbur Theater (Concert Hall)
Boston, MA
September 10
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
September 10
The Wilbur Theater (Concert Hall)
Boston, MA
September 11
The Rec Room House Concerts (House Concert)
Belmont, MA
September 11
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
September 11
Atwoods Tavern (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Cambridge, MA
September 11
The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Exeter, NH
September 14
The Sinclair (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Cambridge, MA
September 14
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
September 14
The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Somerville, MA
September 15
The Music Hall Lounge (Small Theater)
Portsmouth, NH
September 15
Club Passim (Listening Room)
Cambridge, MA
September 16
The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Exeter, NH
September 18
The Sinclair (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Cambridge, MA
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Places to see live acoustic music in and around Rockport, Massachusetts

House Concerts

Borrowed House Concerts (Plaistow)
The Music Porch (Reading)
The Rec Room House Concerts (Belmont)

Listening Rooms

2nd Shift Concerts at the Charles River Museum (Waltham)
3S Artspace (Portsmouth)
City Winery (Boston)
Club Passim (Cambridge)
One Broadway Collaborative (Lawrence)
River Club Music Hall (Scituate)
Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Somerville Armory (Somerville)
Soundcheck Studios (Pembroke)
The Stone Church (Newmarket)
The Word Barn (Exeter)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Crossroads Music Series (North Andover)
Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Wakefield)
Me and Thee Coffeehouse (Marblehead)
New Moon Coffeehouse (Haverhill)
North Reading Community Coffeehouse (North Reading)
Old Sloop Presents (Rockport)
Open Road Coffeehouse (Rockland)
Second Friday Coffeehouse (Belmont)
The Church Hill Coffeehouse (Norwell)

Vineyards & Breweries

Aeronaut Brewing (Somerville)
Merrimack Ales (Lowell)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Atwoods Tavern (Cambridge)
Flight Coffee (Dover)
House of Blues Boston (Boston)
Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Cambridge)
Press Room Restaurant (Portsmouth)
Sawbelly Brewing (Exeter)
The Burren (Somerville)
The Gulu-Gulu Cafe (Salem)
The Porch Southern Fare and Juke Joint (Medford)
The Sinclair (Cambridge)

Libraries

Concerts in the Courtyard at Boston Public Library (Boston)
Norwell Public Library (Norwell)
Robbins Library (Arlington)

Small Theaters

Regent Theatre (Arlington)
Shalin Liu Performance Center (Rockport)
Somerville Theatre (Somerville)
The Cabot (Beverly)
The Music Hall Lounge (Portsmouth)
Tupelo Music Hall (Londonderry)

Outdoor Music Series

Maudslay Arts Center (Newburyport)

Bars & Nightclubs

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