Live Acoustic Music Near Washington, DC

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.

Many 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 many listening rooms, small theaters and local vineyards and breweries in and around the Washington 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

Jan 22, 2020
Playing at Black Cat (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Jan 23, 2020
Playing at Pearl Street Warehouse (Listening Room)
Jan 23, 2020
Playing at Creative Alliance at The Patterson (Listening Room)
Jan 23, 2020
Playing at Uptown Concerts at Baldwin's Station (Listening Room)
Jan 24, 2020
Playing at Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Jan 26, 2020
Playing at Rams Head On Stage (Small Theater)
Jan 30, 2020
Playing at Uptown Concerts at Baldwin's Station (Listening Room)
Feb 1, 2020
Playing at Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Feb 1, 2020
Playing at Creative Cauldron (Small Theater)
Feb 2, 2020
Playing at Barrel Oak Winery (Vineyard/Brewery)
Feb 4, 2020
Playing at Songbyrd Record Cafe and Music House (Listening Room)
Feb 6, 2020
Playing at CommuniTea House Concert (House Concert)
Feb 6, 2020
Playing at Jammin Java (Listening Room)
For fans of: Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac
Feb 6, 2020
Playing at Uptown Concerts at Baldwin's Station (Listening Room)
Feb 7, 2020
Playing at Common Ground on the Hill - Baltimore (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Feb 7, 2020
Playing at New Deal Cafe (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Feb 8, 2020
Playing at Ebenezer's Coffeehouse (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
An old soul from the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, twenty-year-old Trae Sheehan writes from a place of honesty with an understanding of people and culture gained through his travels and performances.
Feb 8, 2020
Playing at Common Ground on the Hill - Westminster (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Feb 8, 2020
Playing at The Mainstay (Listening Room)
Feb 8, 2020
Playing at Music on the Heights (House Concert)
Feb 10, 2020
Playing at Institute of Musical Traditions (Listening Room)
Feb 12, 2020
Playing at Cafe Montmartre (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Gracious Me writes and sings southern-accented soulful Americana stories from a female perspective. You can hear Gracious Me tunes from the Gracious Me duo, or from Gracious Me and the Ingrates (trio or full band).
Feb 13, 2020
Playing at Jammin Java (Listening Room)
Feb 13, 2020
Playing at Horseshoe Curve Restaurant (Listening Room)
Feb 13, 2020
Playing at Hill Country Barbeque (DC) (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Wayne has been called "The King of Juke Joint swing, with a genuine affinity for stomping rockabilly, Western swing, blues, and old-timey country.
Feb 13, 2020
Playing at Uptown Concerts at Baldwin's Station (Listening Room)
Feb 15, 2020
Playing at Epicure Cafe (Cafe, Restaurant or Coffee Shop)
Feb 15, 2020
Playing at The Fillmore Silver Spring (Concert Hall)
Gracious Me writes and sings southern-accented soulful Americana stories from a female perspective. You can hear Gracious Me tunes from the Gracious Me duo, or from Gracious Me and the Ingrates (trio or full band).
Feb 15, 2020
Playing at Perry Hall Folk Music Night (Folk Music Coffeehouse)
Feb 19, 2020
Playing at Rams Head On Stage (Small Theater)
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Places to See Live Acoustic Music in and around Washington, DC

House Concerts

Lucky Penny House Concert Series (Washington)
Square in a Circle House Concert (Takoma Park)
Concerts at the Sevareid House (Alexandria)
Stone Room Concerts (Falls Church)
Singer's Glen House Concerts (Silver Springs)
Moore Music (Rockville)
Folk 'N Great Music House Concerts (Rockville)
Great Falls Theatrics House Concert (Great Falls)
Blue Melody House Concert (Reston)
Susies House Concerts (Gambrills)
Coopers House Concerts (Oakland Mills)
Music on the Heights (Broadlands)
CommuniTea House Concert (Glen Burnie)
Beck's House Concert (Woodstock)
Soup and Song House Concert (Marriottsville)
Music at Chateau Belvedere (Leesburg)
Garys House Concert Series (Woodbine)
Awkward Pause House Concerts (Baltimore)
Macum Creek Concerts (Chester)
House Concerts at Ginny and Don's (Lutherville)

Listening Rooms

The Living Stage at Hotel RL Washington (Washington)
The Mansion on O (Washington)
Songbyrd Record Cafe and Music House (Washington)
Pearl Street Warehouse (Washington)
Union Stage (Washington)
City Winery (Washington)
Institute of Musical Traditions (Takoma Park)
Jammin Java (Vienna)
The Soundry (Columbia)
Uptown Concerts at Baldwin's Station (Sykesville)
The Living Stage at Hotel RL Baltimore (Baltimore)
An Die Musik (Baltimore)
Germano's Cabaret (Baltimore)
Creative Alliance at The Patterson (Baltimore)
Function Black Box Theater and Coworking Space (Baltimore)
The Cellar Stage at The Timonium United Methodist Church (Lutherville-Timonium)
The Mainstay (Rock Hall)
Horseshoe Curve Restaurant (Bluemont)

Folk Music Coffeehouses

Sixth & I Downstairs (Washington)
UUCC One World Coffeehouse (Columbia)
333 Coffeehouse (Annapolis)
Itzall Goode Concert Series (Annapolis)
Unity Coffeehouse ~ Acoustic Cafe (Annapolis)
Common Ground on the Hill - Baltimore (Baltimore)
Perry Hall Folk Music Night (Nottingham)
Common Ground on the Hill - Westminster (Westminster)

Folk Music Societies

Focus Music (Alexandria)
World Folk Music Association (WFMA) @ Arts Barn (Gaithersburg)

Cafes, Restaurants & Coffee Shops

Black Cat (Washington)
Hill Country Barbeque (DC) (Washington)
Ebenezer's Coffeehouse (Washington)
Cafe Sazon (Arlington)
New Deal Cafe (Greenbelt)
Epicure Cafe (Fairfax)
Cafe Montmartre (Reston)
Outta the Way Cafe (Derwood)
Hershey's Restaurant and Bar (Gaithersburg)
Gumbo Ya Ya (Germantown)
Mad City Coffee (Columbia)
Parallel Wine & Whiskey Bar (Broadlands)
The Music Cafe (Damascus)
Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge (Annapolis)
49 West Coffeehouse (Annapolis)
Trinity House Cafe (Leesburg)
Acoustic Thursdays at Peace and A Cup of Joe (Baltimore)
Teavolve (Baltimore)
Frederick Coffee Company (Frederick)
Brewer's Alley Restaurant and Brewery (Frederick)
Beans in the Belfry (Brunswick)
Curitiba Art Cafe (Fredericksburg)

Vineyards & Breweries

Rocklands Farm (Poolesville)
Bike TrAle Brewing (Leesburg)
Casanel Vineyards and Winery (Leesburg)
Terra Nebulo Vineyards (Waterford)
Barley & Hops (Frederick)
Black Ankle Vineyards (Mt Airy)
Elk Run Vineyards and Winery (Mt Airy)
Bogati Winery (Round Hill)
Breaux Vineyards (Purcellville)
Notaviva Vineyards (Purcellville)
Bluemont Vineyard (Bluemont)
Barrel Oak Winery (Delaplane)
Big Cork Vineyards (Rohrersville)

Libraries

Fauquier County Public Library (Warrenton)

Small Theaters

The Hamilton (Washington)
The Miracle Theatre (Washington)
The Birchmere (Alexandria)
Creative Cauldron (Falls Church)
Arts Barn (Gaithersburg)
Blackrock Center for the Arts (Germantown)
Rams Head On Stage (Annapolis)
Tally Ho Theater (Leesburg)
Franklin Park Arts Center (Purcellville)
Gloria's Center for the Arts (Warrenton)

Outdoor Music Series

1st Sunday Arts Festival (Annapolis)

Bars & Nightclubs

Villain and Saint (Bethesda)