Live Acoustic Music Near Salem, 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 Salem 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 Salem host occasional coffeehouses that feature traditional folk musicians and other acoustic artists as a way of bringing the community together. Several 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 and small theaters in and around the Salem 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 11, 2020
Streaming in partnership with Club Passim (Listening Room)
Jul 11, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Jul 13, 2020
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
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 24, 2020
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
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 13, 2020
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
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 The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Aug 20, 2020
Playing at Shalin Liu Performance Center (Small Theater)
Aug 21, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Aug 22, 2020
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Aug 23, 2020
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
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 24, 2020
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Oct 1, 2020
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
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 8, 2020
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
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Places to See Live Acoustic Music
in and around Salem, MA

House Concerts

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

Listening Rooms

VFW Salem, Massachusetts (Salem)
9 Wallis (Beverly)
City Winery (Boston)
Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Somerville Armory (Somerville)
Thunder Road (Somerville)
The Lilypad (Cambridge)
Lizard Lounge (Cambridge)
Club Passim (Cambridge)
Carriage House Concerts at Gore Place (Waltham)
River Club Music Hall (Scituate)
The Hearing Room (Lowell)
Chelmsford Center for the Arts (Chelmsford)
Indian Hill Music (Littleton)
The Word Barn (Exeter)
3S Artspace (Portsmouth)
Soule Homestead Summer Concert Series (Middleborough)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

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

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

The Gulu-Gulu Cafe (Salem)
Walnut Street Coffee Cafe (Lynn)
Atwoods Tavern (Cambridge)
The Burren (Somerville)
Town Tavern (Arlington)
Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Cambridge)
The Sinclair (Cambridge)
The Bebop (Boston)
House of Blues Boston (Boston)
The Square Root Café (Boston)
Dedham Square Coffeehouse (Dedham)
Serendipity Cafe (Maynard)
Stoughton House of Brews (Stoughton)
Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar (Nashua)
The Bull Run Restaurant (Shirley)
Portsmouth Book and Bar (Portsmouth)
Press Room Restaurant (Portsmouth)
Flight Coffee (Dover)
Coffeehouse at the Mews (Provincetown)

Libraries

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

Small Theaters

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

Outdoor Music Series

West Newbury Community Bandstand Summer Concerts (West Newbury)
Maudslay Arts Center (Newburyport)

Bars & Nightclubs

Mr. Dooley's Boston (Boston)
Toad (Cambridge)
Cantab Lounge (Cambridge)
Brighton Music Hall (Allston)
Blue Ocean Music Hall (Salisbury)