Live Acoustic Music Near Washington, District of Columbia

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 Washington 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 Washington 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 Washington 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 18
Smith tells elongated and elliptical stories about the songs, and how they are to his life. Smith says “on a good night the stories and songs ride on top of a funky kind of country blues pop stomp”. 
Earp’s Ordinary Pop-Up (Listening Room)
Fairfax, VA
August 19
Kathleen Alice "Kathy" Mattea is an American country music and bluegrass performer who often brings folk, Celtic, and traditional country sounds to her music.
Rams Head On Stage (Small Theater)
Annapolis, MD
August 19
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.
Parallel Wine & Whiskey Bar (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Broadlands, VA
August 19
Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Vienna, VA
August 19
Songbyrd Record Cafe and Music House (Listening Room)
Washington, DC
August 20
Doug Alan Wilcox delivers music that will stick in your head - as well as your heart.
Clarksville Commons Farmers Market (Outdoor Music Series)
Clarksville, MD
August 20
Creek's Edge Winery (Vineyard)
Lovettsville, VA
August 20
Rams Head On Stage (Small Theater)
Annapolis, MD
August 20
Edith May’s Paradise (House Concert)
Jessup, MD
August 20
City Winery (Listening Room)
Washington, DC
August 21
Doug Alan Wilcox delivers music that will stick in your head - as well as your heart.
Urbana Library Farmers Market (Outdoor Music Series)
Frederick, MD
August 21
City Winery (Listening Room)
Washington, DC
August 22
The Birchmere (Small Theater)
Alexandria, VA
August 24
Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Vienna, VA
August 25
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.
Parallel Wine & Whiskey Bar (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Broadlands, VA
August 25
City Winery (Listening Room)
Washington, DC
August 26
Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Vienna, VA
August 27
Celtic House Concerts at Swift Run (House Concert)
Fairfax Station, VA
August 27
Lost Barrel Brewing (Brewery)
Middleburg, VA
August 27
50 West Vineyards (Vineyard)
Middleburg, VA
August 28
Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Vienna, VA
August 31
Union Stage (Listening Room)
Washington, DC
September 4
The Currys are made of up brothers Tommy and Jimmy and their cousin Galen. That close family bond brings out amazing harmonies and beautiful pop-americana music.
Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Vienna, VA
September 4
Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Vienna, VA
September 5
Pearl Street Warehouse (Listening Room)
Washington, DC
September 6
Pearl Street Warehouse (Listening Room)
Washington, DC
September 7
Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Vienna, VA
September 8
Tally Ho Theater (Small Theater)
Leesburg, VA
September 9
The Hamilton (Small Theater)
Washington, DC
September 9
Federal Hill Main Street Series (Outdoor Music Series)
Baltimore, MD
September 9
Farm Brew Live (Vineyard)
Manassas, VA
September 10
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.
Parallel Wine & Whiskey Bar (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Broadlands, VA
September 10
On Love & Fire Debuted #1 and #6 on NACC and Folk DJ charts "A dead solid perfect singer/songwriter...the words, music and voice come together so perfectly...Killer stuff." - Midwest Record
Edith May’s Paradise (House Concert)
Jessup, MD
September 10
Two Lions Vineyards (Vineyard)
Upper Marlboro, MD
September 10
Union Stage (Listening Room)
Washington, DC
September 10
CommuniTea House Concert (House Concert)
Glen Burnie, MD
September 14
Jammin' Java presents Jessica Willis Fisher/Pierce Pettis co/bill SHOWTIME: 7:30pm tickets: www.jamminjava.com/shows/jessica-willis-fisher-pierce-pettis/ phone: 202.657.5215
Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Vienna, VA
September 15
The Miracle Theatre (Small Theater)
Washington, DC
September 16
Square in a Circle House Concert (House Concert)
Takoma Park, MD
September 16
The Birchmere (Small Theater)
Alexandria, VA
September 17
49 West Coffeehouse (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Annapolis, MD
September 17
The Hamilton (Small Theater)
Washington, DC
September 17
Two Lions Vineyards (Vineyard)
Upper Marlboro, MD
September 17
Rams Head On Stage (Small Theater)
Annapolis, MD
September 17
Join us on Saturday 9/17 for Jesse Terry and Bruce Sudano at 49 West. It will be an excellent show. Seating is limited so please buy tickets in advance or make a reservation by calling 410-626-9796.
SHC Music Tribe Concerts (Listening Room)
Gambrills, MD
September 18
Doug Alan Wilcox delivers music that will stick in your head - as well as your heart.
Urbana Library Farmers Market (Outdoor Music Series)
Frederick, MD
September 18
Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Vienna, VA
September 18
The songwriting soul child of partners Sparrow and Keith J. Smith. With influences that include Appalachian old-time, Balkan music, Swing Manouche, and early New Orleans Jazz.
Black Cherry Puppet Theater (Small Theater)
Baltimore, MD
September 20
Folk Club Reston-Herndon (Folk Music Society)
Herndon, VA
September 24
The Birchmere (Small Theater)
Alexandria, VA
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Places to see live acoustic music in and around Washington, District of Columbia

House Concerts

Celtic House Concerts at Swift Run (Fairfax Station)
Club 603 (Baltimore)
CommuniTea House Concert (Glen Burnie)
Concerts at the Sevareid House (Alexandria)
Edith May’s Paradise (Jessup)
Garys House Concert Series (Woodbine)
Great Falls Theatrics House Concert (Great Falls)
Lucky Penny House Concert Series (Washington)
Music on the Heights (Broadlands)
Square in a Circle House Concert (Takoma Park)

Listening Rooms

An Die Musik (Baltimore)
Blues Alley (Washington)
City Winery (Washington)
Creative Alliance at The Patterson (Baltimore)
Earp’s Ordinary Pop-Up (Fairfax)
Gaithersburg Arts Barn (Gaithersburg)
Institute of Musical Traditions (Takoma Park)
Jammin Java (Vienna)
Pearl Street Warehouse (Washington)
SHC Music Tribe Concerts (Gambrills)
Songbyrd Record Cafe and Music House (Washington)
The Living Stage at Hotel RL Baltimore (Baltimore)
The Living Stage at Hotel RL Washington (Washington)
The Mansion on O (Washington)
Union Stage (Washington)

Folk Music Societies

Focus Music (Alexandria)
Sandy Spring Museum (Sandy Spring)
Folk Club Reston-Herndon (Herndon)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Concerts at Cedar Lane (Bethesda)
Sixth & I Downstairs (Washington)
Unity by the Bay Church (Annapolis)
Unity Coffeehouse ~ Acoustic Cafe (Annapolis)
UUCC One World Coffeehouse (Columbia)

Vineyards & Breweries

50 West Vineyards (Middleburg)
Black Ankle Vineyards (Mount Airy)
Casanel Vineyards and Winery (Leesburg)
Creek's Edge Winery (Lovettsville)
Elk Run Vineyards and Winery (Mount Airy)
Farm Brew Live (Manassas)
Fleetwood Farm Winery (Leesburg)
Hidden Hills Farm and Vineyard (Frederick)
Linganore Winecellars (Mount Airy)
Lost Rhino (Ashburn)
Potomac Point Winery and Vineyard (Stafford)
Quattro Goombas Winery (Aldie)
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard (Dickerson)
Sunset Hills Vineyard (Purcellville)
Two Lions Vineyards (Upper Marlboro)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

49 West Coffeehouse (Annapolis)
Black Cat (Washington)
Cafe Sazon (Arlington)
Epicure Cafe (Fairfax)
Hill Country Barbeque (DC) (Washington)
New Deal Cafe (Greenbelt)
Parallel Wine & Whiskey Bar (Broadlands)
Solace Outpost (Falls Church)
Three Whistles (Arlington)

Libraries

Purcellville Library (Purcellville)

Small Theaters

Arts Barn (Gaithersburg)
Black Cherry Puppet Theater (Baltimore)
Creative Cauldron (Falls Church)
Rams Head On Stage (Annapolis)
Tally Ho Theater (Leesburg)
The Birchmere (Alexandria)
The Hamilton (Washington)
The Miracle Theatre (Washington)

Outdoor Music Series

Urbana Library Farmers Market (Frederick)
Clarksville Commons Farmers Market (Clarksville)
Fairfax Funky Flea (Fairfax)
Federal Hill Main Street Series (Baltimore)