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Folk Concerts

NEW!!!!   UPDATED!!!!   UPCOMING EVENTS  ***   UPDATED June 23, 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—



6/12-28 7th Annual Massachusetts Walking Tour to support the arts and the regional trails and greenspaces. Visiting towns along Cape Cod and the South Coast Bikeway, featuring concerts at every stop. With Mark Mandeville & Raianne Riochards and Hoot N’ Holler (Mark Kilianski and Amy Alvey). Go to  for more information.

6/25 Ellis Paul presents “The Hero in Your Family” show at Club Passim, Cambridge, MA  3 PM

6/25 Ellis Paul at Club Passim, Cambridge, MA 8 PM

6/25 Johnny Lang at the Cabot Theater in Beverly, MA 8 PM

6/25 Amy Spillert at Winchester Farmer’s Market, Winchester, MA 9:30-11 AM

6/25 Atwater-Donnelly Duo shared bill with Evie Ladin and Keith Terry at Music at Lily Pads, Peace Dale, RI 7:30 PM

6/26 Penn Johnson featured at Walnut Street Café, Lynn MA 8 PM

6/26 Atwater-Donnelly Duo – Island Terrace Lawn Concert Series – Island Terrace, Lakeville, MA  2:30-3:30 PM

6/29 “Songs and Stories” with music legends Peter Asher (of Peter & Gordon) and Albert Lee – at the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA – 7 PM


7/1 John Flynn at the Guthrie Center, Great Barrington, MA

7/2 Aztec Two-Step and Jon Pousette-Dart, two of the most beloved folk-rock acts of the 70’s, join forces for a dynamic double bill at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA 8 PM

7/6 Heather Pierson, Denny Breau, and Emilia Dahlin – Songwriter’s Circle at the Deertrees Theater in Harrison, ME

7/6 Atwater-Donnelly Duo – free Gazebo Concert – Hope, RI 6-8 PM

7/9-10 21st Annual New Bedford Folk Festival, featuring Rory Block, Matt Borrello, Benoit Bourque and Antoine Bourque-Pigeon, Caroline Doctorow, Pat Donohue, John Doyle, Melissa Ferrick, John Gorka, Jefferson Hamer, Matt and Shannon Heaton, Anne Hills, Michael Johnson, Rev. Robert B. Jones Sr., Pete and Maura Kennedy, Mike Laureanno, Les Poules à Colin, Low Lily, Miss Rosie, Bruce Molsky, Moonshine Holler, Grace Morrison, the New Bedford Sea Chanty Chorus, No Fuss and Feathers, Chris Pahud, Ellis Paul, John Roberts, Garnet Rogers, RUNA, Spuyten Duyvil, The Stray Birds, Kate Taylor, Livingston Taylor, Art Tebbetts and Cheryl Wheeler.

7/8-10 30th Annual Green River Festival, - Greenfield Community College – Greenfield, MA featuring Dawes, Shovels & Rope, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The North Mississippi All Stars, Peter Wolf, Winterpills, Los Lobos, Shakey Graves, And The Kids, The Felice Brothers, Amy Helm, Margo Price, Anthony D'Amato, The Suffers, And the Kids, NRBQ, and many more. SEE SCHEDULE BELOW

Friday, July 8th
Gates open at 4 pm, music starts at 5 pm.

Peter Wolf & The Midnight Travelers
The Dustbowl Revival
Charles Neville and the New England Nevilles
Dean's Beans Latin Music stage with artists TBA

Saturday, July 9th
Gates open at 12noon, music starts at 12:30.

Shakey Graves
Shovels & Rope
The Suffers
The Felice Brothers
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
And The Kids
Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers
Anthony D'Amato
The Soul Rebels
Oh Pep!
Mister G
The Alchemystics
And more TBA

Sunday, July 10th
Gates open at 12noon, music starts at 12:30.

Wheels Of Soul Tour featuring: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Los Lobos, and North Mississippi Allstars
Birds Of Chicago
Margo Price & The Price Tags
Big Sam's Funky Nation
Sonya Kitchell
Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear
And more TBA

7/10 Penn Johnson live morning music at Roots Yoga, Burlington, MA 9:30 AM

7/10 Atwater-Donnelly Duo -- Outdoor Summer Concert at the Botanical Center Roger Williams Park, Providence, RI, 5-7 PM

7/14 The Bacon Brothers at the Cabot Theater in Beverly, MA 8 PM

7/16 Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA

7/16 John Sebastian and David Bromberg at the Cabot Theater in Beverly, MA 8 PM

7/17 Penn Johnson live evening music at Roots Yoga, Burlington, MA 5:30 PM

7/22-24 Newport Folk Festival

7/23 Tom Rush at the Center for the Arts, Natick, MA 8 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/23-25 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival

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

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