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.
- Go Home Tiny Monster – Saturday, January 11 @ 10:30 am
- WBCN and the American Revolution + James Montgomery Band & more! – Saturday, January 18 @ 7:00 pm
- An Evening With Patti Austin – Thursday, January 23 @ 7:30 pm
- Heavy Metal Horns – Friday, January 24 @ 8:00 pm
- The Red Hot Chilli Pipers – Saturday, January 25 @ 8:00 pm
- Symphony By The Sea: American Icons – Sunday, January 26 @ 3:00 pm
- The Sixties Show – Friday, January 31 @ 8:00 pm
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!
- V E I N – Fridays @ 8:00 pm
- The Budds – Saturday, January 4 @ 8:00 pm
- Lee Harvey – Saturday, January 11 @ 8:00 pm
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.
- Birch Hill Dam / Razorburn City / Oxblood Forge / Wargraves – Friday, January 3 @ 9:00 pm
- Decade 80s Night – Saturday, January 4 @ 9:00 pm
- The Mercy Case | Lilac Queen | Blindspot | Foxes – Friday, January 10 @ 9:00 pm
- The Ruckus-90’s Alternative Cover Band – Friday, January 17 @ 9:00 pm
- Charity Cover Show w/ Metallica, Iron Maiden, and AC/DC – Saturday, January 18 @ 9:00 pm
Opus Underground – 87 Washington St, Salem, MA 01970
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.
- Neon 90’s – Friday, January 3 @ 9:00 pm
- “The DMB Project“ – Saturday, January 4 @ 9:00 pm
- Nomad Stones | Labor Hex | Chrome Over Brass – Friday, January 10 @ 9:00 pm
- Soul Rebel Project – Saturday, January 11 @ 9:00 pm
- Cactus Attack | Radiator Rattlers | Heavy Necker – Thursday, January 16 @ 9:00 pm
- Slaine | Krumb Snatcha aka Judah The Prince with D.J. Slipwax – Friday, January 17
- The Cosmic Vultures & The Othership – Saturday, January 18 @ 9:00 pm
- Grits & Groceries Orchestra – Friday, January 31 @ 9:00 pm
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.
- Gulu Gulu Open Mic Shindig – Thursdays @ 8:00 pm
- The Friday Night Spins – Fridays @ 9:00 pm
- Dan Blakeslee – Saturday, January 4 @ 9:00 pm
- Cahill – Saturday, January 11 @ 9:00 pm
- Winter Jogger – Saturday, January 18 @ 9:00 pm
- Reilly Somach – Saturday, January 25 @ 9:00 pm
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.
- PVMHS Acoustic Coffee House – Friday, January 17 @ 6:30 PM
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.
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
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.
- 90s Flashback Night with Judes & the Hutch – Saturday, January 4 @ 8:30 pm
- Brian & Jeff Filling In (Common Ground) – Saturday, January 11 @ 8:30 pm
- One Dime Band – Saturday, January 18 @ 8:30 pm
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.
- Sarah Blacker – Friday, January 3 @ 6:00 pm
- Chris Rudel – Saturday, January 4 @ 6:00 pm
- Julie Dougherty – Thursday, January 9 @ 6:00 pm
- Caillie Hughes – Friday, January 10 @ 6:00 pm
- Steve Belgiorno – Saturday, January 11 @ 6:00 pm
- Brian Maes – Thursday, January 16 @ 6:00 pm
- Julie Dougherty – Friday, January 17 @ 5:30 pm
- Claude Fournier – Saturday, January 18 @ 5:30 pm
- Reflections – Thursday, January 23 @ 5:30 pm
- The Duo “My Other Side” – Friday, January 24 @ 5:30 pm
- Chris Rudel – Saturday, January 25 @ 5:30 pm
- Sarah Blacker – Thursday, January 30 @ 5:30 pm
- Brian Maes – Friday, January 31 @ 5:30 pm
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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