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Folk Concerts

NEW!!!!   UPDATED!!!!   UPCOMING EVENTS  ***   UPDATED July 21, 2016 –


2nd & 4th Sunday of every month IRISH MUSIC Fiddler’s Green in Worcester, 4-8 PM

Sundays 9 PM at Nick’s in Worcester—Andy Cummings

Mondays ACOUSTIC JAM at Kirby’s Irish Pub New Bedford, MA 5:30-7 PM

Mondays (usually 2nd Monday of the month) LOMA (Lincoln Open Mic Acoustic) with host Rich Eilbert, at the Lincoln Library on Bedford Road in Lincoln, MA 7-10 PM

Mondays at Ralph’s Diner on Grove Street in Worcester, THE DIRTY  GERUND POETRY SHOW with musical guests and snack time! Begins shortly after 9 PM.

2nd Monday of each month—BCMFest Session - Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton tunes make for an enjoyable evening, and provide the opportunity to explore the ever-evolving Celtic music traditions in an informal, sociable atmosphere. Bring your instruments and your voices. 47 Palmer Street, Cambridge, MA  7-9 PM. The Session is led by a core of talented area musicians that includes Katie McNally, Armand Aromin, Neil Pearlman, Lindsay Straw and Caroline O Shea.

Tuesdays 8 PM Center for the Arts in Natick (TCAN) open mic with host Mark Stepakoff

2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month FOLKn’A (open mic) at the Canal Restaurant & Bar on Water Street in Worcester, 7:30 PM, Mac Cole hosting

3rd Tuesday of every month – Songwriters’ Forum at Nick’s in Worcester 8 PM

Tuesday nights – Open mic at Greendale’s Pub on West Boylston St. in Worcester, with host Bill McCarthy… lots of good Blues!

Wednesday nights open mic at The Raven on Pleasant Street in Worcester with host Gabriel Navarre

1st Wednesday of each month, open mic at Nick’s in Worcester

2nd Wednesday of the Month Songwriters in the Round at the Serendipity Café in Maynard, MA with Dan & Faith Senie – 10/14/15 with Hugh O’Doherty and Mike Delaney; 11/11/15 with Sam Bayer and Kirsten Maxwell;

Every THURSDAY evening at the GUTHRIE CENTER in Great Barrington, MA – an open mic Hootenanny

Thursday nights open mic at the Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham with host Dan Cloutier

3rd Thursday of every month (September through May), Unplugged Open Mic at the Bolton Public Library w/ hosts Dan & Faith Senie

2nd & 4th Friday of every month  7:30 PM – John Henry’s Hammer Coffeehouse Open Mic – First Unitarian Church on Main Street in Worcester, hosted by Lydia Fortune & Phil Nigro

Once a month (usually 2nd Saturday) open mic at the Boulder Coffeehouse in Fitchburg, with host Nate Smith

First Saturday evening of every month, John Fitzsimmons, Seth Connolly and friends at the Colonial Inn in Concord, MA


UPCOMING one-time events—



7/22-24 Newport Folk Festival, Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI

7/22 and 23 Tom Rush at the Center for the Arts, Natick, MA 8 PM each night

7/23 Worcester’s first Beer, Blues & BBBQ Festival, featuring Big Jon Short, Mike Lynch Trio, Grade "A" Fancy, and more!

7/23 2nd Annual Ryan Levangie Onset Music Festival at the Lillian Gregerman Bandshell, Onset, MA from 12 Noon – 6 PM, featutring Pat Poekel, Butch McCarthy, the Jackdaws, Brooke Boucher, J. Kelley, Neal McCarthy, Amy Amor & Friends (Bazel and Mia), Grace Morrison, Craig Bemelo, and Huxster

7/25 Crowe’s Pasture at Cultutral Center of Cape Cod 8 PM

7/29 Radical Hope Worcester: Take Back Your Health Benefit Concert at Mechanics Hall, presented by Bulldozer Health.

7/29 Penn Johnson at Dartmouth Farmer’s Market, South Dartmouth, MA 1 PM

7/29 Mary Fahl at The Spire Center for the Performing Arts - Plymouth, MA 8 PM

7/29 Catie Curtis and Maia Sharp at the Center for the Arts in Natick, MA 8 PM

7/29-31 30th Annual Lowell Folk Festival

7/30 Chris Robinson Brotherhood at the Cabot Theater in Beverly, MA 8 PM

7/30  Tribute to THE BAND, featuring The THE BAND Band at the Burren in Somerville, MA 4:30 and 7 PM

7/31 2nd Annual Warren Folk’s Festival with the Atwater-Donnelly Duo, The Vox Hunters, Man and Wife, John Farone, The Low Cards, Torn Shorts – Warren, RI

8/2 Starship with Mickey Thomas at the Cabot in Beverly, MA

8/4 Goodnight Moonshine Duo at the CT River Museum in Essex, CT

8/4 and 8/5 Tom Rush w/Matt Nakoa opening at the Shalin Liu Performance Venter, Rockport, MA 8 PM

8/5 Crowe’s Pasture at the Old Manse in Concord, MA

8/6 Penn Johnson at Hingham Farmer’s Market, Hingham, MA 10 AM

8/7 Atwater-Donnelly Duo at the Salem Maritime Festival 3-5 PM Salem, MA

8/10 Goodnight Moonshine Duo at Pardee Morris House, New Haven, CT

8/16 Liz Queler, Seth Farber, and Joey Farber at Daheny Park in Cambridge, MA 7 PM

8/17 Heather Pierson Trio at the Deertrees Theater in Harrison, ME

8/18 Rich Robinson Band at the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA 7 PM

8/20 Penn Johnson at Haverhill Farmer’s Market, Haverhill, MA

8/20 Heather Pierson Trio – Bath Waterfront Concert Series – Bath, ME

8/21 Penn Johnson at Java Madness, Wakefield, RI 11 AM

Bonnie Raitt 2016 Tour Dates (New dates):

August 12 - Wallingford, CT
August 17 - Hampton Beach, NH
August 19 - Portland, ME
August 20 - Boston, MA
August 23 - Hyannis, MA

9/1 Ani DiFranco, with Chastity Brown opening, at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA

9/2-4 Rhythm & Roots Festival – Ninigret Park, Charlestown, RI

9/3 Robert Cray at the Cabot in Beverly, MA

9/3 Liz Queler, Seth Farber, and Joey Farber at Dream Away Lodge in Becket, MA 8 PM

9/9 Penn Johnson at Dartmouth Farmer’s Market, South Dartmouth, MA 1 PM

9/15 Gordon Lightfoot in Concert at the Calvin Theatre, Northampton, MA 8 PM

9/16 John Prine at the Hanover Theater, Worcester, MA

9/16 Old Crow Medicine Show at the Zeiterion Theater, New Bedford, MA 8 PM

9/16 Ruthie Foster at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA

9/18 John Waite and the Axemen at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA

9/21 Ziggy Marley at the Calvin Theater, Northampton, MA 8 PM

9/23-25 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival

11/5 Cheryl Wheeler at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA

11/10 The Bad Plus at the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA – 7 PM

11/18 Sierra Hull at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA


1/27 Tom Rush at the Iron Horse - Northampton, MA – 7 PM

5/11 Storm Large at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA

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