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. 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 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

Dec 11, 2019
Playing at Shalin Liu Performance Center (Small Theater)
Dec 11, 2019
Playing at Narrows Center For the Arts (Small Theater)
Dec 11, 2019
Playing at Serendipity Cafe (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Dec 12, 2019
Playing at The Burren (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Dec 12, 2019
Playing at Blue Ocean Music Hall (Bar/Nightclub)
Dec 13, 2019
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Dec 13, 2019
Playing at Brighton Music Hall (Bar/Nightclub)
Dec 13, 2019
Playing at The Cabot (Small Theater)
Dec 13, 2019
Playing at The Sinclair (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Dec 13, 2019
Playing at The Sinclair (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Dec 14, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Dec 14, 2019
Playing at Chelmsford Center for the Arts (Listening Room)
Dec 14, 2019
Playing at Old Sloop Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Dec 14, 2019
Playing at Linden Tree Coffeehouse (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Wild Maple's lively, innovative acoustic sound is derived from a spectrum of musical influences including Americana, Traditional Irish/English folk music, Blues, and popular music of the western hemisphere from the late 20th century. Wonderful two and th
Dec 14, 2019
Playing at The Sinclair (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Dec 15, 2019
Playing at The Sinclair (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Dec 15, 2019
Playing at Club Passim (Listening Room)
Dec 15, 2019
Playing at The Word Barn (Listening Room)
Dec 15, 2019
Playing at City Winery (Listening Room)
Dec 16, 2019
Playing at Coffeehouse Off the Square (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
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Places to See Live Acoustic Music in and around Salem, MA

House Concerts

The Rec Room House Concerts (Belmont)
Musical Chairs House Concert Series (Lexington)
Borrowed House Concerts (Plaistow)
Lakeview House Concerts (Sharon)
Sleepy Hollow House Concerts (Chester)
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)
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)
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)
Temple Isaiah Coffeehouse (Lexington)
Coffeehouse Off the Square (Hingham)
The Old New Coffeehouse (Salisbury)
Braintree Folk at All Souls Church Coffeehouse (Braintree)
Homegrown Coffeehouse (Needham)
The Bluemoon Coffeehouse (Rockland)
Westford Parish Center For The Arts (Westford)
First Parish of Sudbury Coffee House (Sudbury)
Open Book Coffeehouse (Canton)
Not Just Another Coffeehouse (Sharon)
Javawocky Coffeehouse (Brockton)
New Revival Coffeehouse (Stow)
First Friday Coffeehouse, Exeter, New Hampshire (Exeter)
Wachusett Music Series (Harvard)
Steeple Coffeehouse (Southborough)
OCC Coffeehouse (Wrentham)
Off the Common Coffeehouse (Bridgewater)
Rose Garden Coffeehouse (Mansfield)
Circle of Friends Coffeehouse (Franklin)
Third Floor Coffeehouse (Northborough)
John Henry's Hammer Coffeehouse (Worcester)

Folk Music Societies

Folk Song Society of Greater Boston (Watertown)

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)
Life Alive (Cambridge)
The Sinclair (Cambridge)
The Bebop (Boston)
The Square Root Café (Boston)
Three Squares Craft Kitchen & Cocktails (Needham)
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)
Somethin's Brewin Book Cafe (Lakeville)
Flight Coffee (Dover)
Coffeehouse at the Mews (Provincetown)
Bull Mansion (Worcester)

Libraries

Concerts in the Courtyard at Boston Public Library (Boston)
Morrill Memorial Library (Norwood)
Holliston Public Library (Holliston)
Harvard Public Library (Harvard)
Franklin Public Library (Franklin)
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

Toad (Cambridge)
Cantab Lounge (Cambridge)
Brighton Music Hall (Allston)
Blue Ocean Music Hall (Salisbury)