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10 Places to Hear Live Music on the North Shore – January 2020

The North Shore is a hotspot for music and entertainment. With a wide array of venues and restaurants hosting an eclectic mix of musicians and performers, you can have a great time listening to live music just about every day of the week. Here are some of our favorite venues and some of the music they’ll be hosting soon.*

*This page is updated throughout the month to include newly added shows.

The Cabot – 286 Cabot St, Beverly, MA

This historic theatre and music venue opened its doors in December of 1920 as a home for silent films and vaudeville performances. In the 100 years since its beginning, the purpose of the theatre hasn’t changed much. The Cabot still produces great programming for a variety of tastes and interests. This week on the Cabot’s menu includes classical and blues performances alongside an incredibly alternative group of Scottish-inspired musicians.


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The Lobster Shanty – 25 Front Street, Salem:

The Lobster Shanty is Salem’s favorite dive bar, serving up fried seafood concoctions and townie fare. They recently added a big, beautiful porch to the front of the restaurant, making it a great place for listening to live music on warmer days. They’re about to close for the season, so make sure you head on down to check out the live music while it’s still there!


Koto – 90 Washington Street, Salem, MA

Located in downtown Salem, MA, Koto is not your average sushi bar. Although it does boast exceptional sushi, great food, and delicious drinks, what Koto really excels at is its underground punk, industrial, and goth music scene. Coming up in the next two weeks are Siren’s Women in Music presented by Darq, acoustic sessions, and some riotous punk.

Click here for their full calendar of events.


Opus Underground87 Washington St, Salem, MA 01970

Opus Underground in Salem

Right across the street from Koto in downtown Salem is the popular music venue Opus Underground. Upstairs you dine in style, but downstairs at Opus it’s a different flavor every night. You can catch Open Mics on Wednesdays, Reggae on Thursdays, and Rock, Punk, and Alternative through the weekend.

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Gulu Gulu Cafe – 247 Essex St, Salem, MA

A great place for beer and dog lovers alike, Gulu Gulu Cafe has long been known for its great music. Established in 2007, Gulu Gulu is a European-style cafe that boasts great drinks, delicious food, and live music and entertainment almost every day of the week. At Gulu Gulu, you’ll find Vinyl nights, singer-songwriters, jazz, and lots more. It just depends on the week.

Click here for their full calendar of events.


Peabody Black Box – 22 Foster Street Peabody, MA

A brand new addition to the North Shore, the Peabody Black Box – located behind ArcWorks Community Art Center – has started to bring some great events to this part of the North Shore. So far they’ve featured Drag Queen Bingo and local theatre productions alongside excellent music. Here’s what they’ve got coming up this week.

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Beauport Hotel – 55 Commercial St, Gloucester, MA

The beautiful Beauport Hotel is nestled along some of the most extraordinary North Shore coastline. In addition to the hotel’s 94 rooms, a restaurant, and a rooftop pool, it also plays host to some excellent music. Its ongoing 1606 music series on Wednesday and Thursday evenings brings in performers from all over New England.

Click here for their full calendar of events.

1606 Live Music Series – Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 6:00 pm

  • Thursday, January 2 – Unnamed Colors
  • Wednesday, January 8 – AJ Edwards
  • Thursday, January 9 – Mari Martin
  • Wednesday, January 15 – Peter Tentindo
  • Thursday, January 16 – The last minute men
  • Wednesday, January 22 – Fil Pacino
  • Thursday, January 23 – Ditto
  • Wednesday, January 29 – Brick Park Duo
  • Thursday, January 30 – Rich Moulson

Bent Water Brewing Company – 180 Commercial St #18, Lynn

Bent Water Brewing Lynn Logo

Located right in the heart of the developing Lynn Waterfront District, Bent Water Brewing Co.’s taproom hosts twice-weekly live music. Fridays are acoustic music and Saturdays are an eclectic mix of local and regional music. Listen to live music, drink great beer, and grab food from the food trucks that swing through there at one of Lynn’s best Breweries.

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Hawthorne Hotel 18 Washington Square W, Salem:

Salem’s Historic Hawthorne Hotel draws tourists from all over the world to stay in its rooms. But what most people don’t know is the hotel’s Nat’s Tavern is a music venue too. On Friday and Saturday nights, performers play for diners from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

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15 Walnut 15 Walnut Rd, South Hamilton, MA:

This cozy South Hamilton tavern is a great spot for seafood and great drinks. The atmosphere feels like you’re sitting in your own living room, except the food is better and so is the music. The tavern hosts live acoustic Thursdays at 7:00 pm.

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