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Live Music / Open Mic Nights



Lowell Summer Music Series

Co-presented by Lowell National Historical Park and held each year from June through September, the Lowell Summer Music Series showcases premiere live musical acts from around the country at Boarding House Park, one of New England's most beautiful outdoor venues.

Lowell Folk Festival
The country's largest free folk festival takes place during the final full weekend of July. Six live music stages feature performers from across the globe specializing in a variety of traditional music genres, all right in the heart of downtown Lowell.

New England Music Awards

The New England Music Awards are presented every year to the musicians who call New England their home and whose dedication, spirit, and achievements over the last year have without a doubt established themselves as a contributing force to the most robust and diverse music scene in the country. The NEMA nominating committee consists of journalists from music publications, radio personalities, talent buyers, and record label execs collectively representing all six New England states.


The Gentlemen Songsters

A growing chapter of The Barbershop Harmony Society, the Gentlemen Songsters meet weekly spending much of our time learning and practicing good vocal and performance techniques. The chapter currently includes a performing chorus of 25 to 30 men who entertain a variety of audiences such as at folk festivals, nursing homes, hospitals, sports stadiums and civic events. The Songsters also perform an annual concert which they organize and sponsor.

Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra

Inspiring the greater Lowell community with quality musical performances for nearly 25 years, the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra continues to provide audiences with lively, free Classical and Pops music each season. The LPO specializes in casual, lighthearted concerts, making audiences of all ages comfortable and engaged.


119 Gallery

119 Chelmsford St.

Live music and performance art every weekend featuring local and regional acts.


Brew'd Awakening Coffeehaus

61 Market St,

Open mic, spoken word and poetry night every first and third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.. Acoustic coffeehouse performances on select Saturdays and Sundays.


The Back Page Jazz & Comedy Club

15 Kearney Square

Live entertainment nightly including open mic night every Wednesday at 9 p.m.


Finn's Pub

78 Merrimack St.
Finn's Pub on Facebook

Open mic night every Wednesday at 8 p.m..


Fuse Bistro

45 Palmer St.

Live music during dinner hours on select evenings during the week and weekend.


The Gaelic Club

255 Chelmsford St.
Gaelic Club on Facebook

Open mic night every Sunday welcomes music, poetry, on-stage painting, comedy, and more! No cover charge, 21+.


Garcia Brogan's Cantina, Pub & Restaurant

131 Middlesex St.
Garcia Brogan's on Facebook

Live music on Friday and Saturday nights, and karaoke on Sunday nights.


The Last Safe & Deposit Company

160 Merrimack St.
The Last Safe on Facebook

Live music and jams Wednesday through Saturday nights.


Life Alive Urban Oasis & Cafe

194 Middle St.

Live music every Thursday and Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.


Smokehouse Tavern

98 Middle St.
Smokehouse Tavern on Facebook

Karaoke every Tuesday night and live music on select weeknights and weekends.


UnchARTed Gallery

99 Market St.
UnchARTed on Facebook

Live music on select Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, often in conjunction with exhibit opening receptions.


Ward 8: Fine Food & Ales

280 Central St.
Ward 8 on Facebook

Inspired by an old-time speakeasy, Ward 8 brings in locals and visitors alike with their stellar grilled cheese selection, artisinal pizzas and fine beer selection.


The Worthen Attic (above the Worthen House Cafe)

141 Worthen St.

Open mic night every Wednesday (bring your own gear) with live entertainment on select Fridays and Saturdays starting at 10 p.m., 21+.


Wonka Sound Recording Studio

225 Stedman St., Unit 21

Studio bookings done in advance by phone -- pricing is available online.

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