Introducing the Lounge

Our revitalized, nightclub-style space at 131 Congress Street features high-quality programming, bar & small bites, and a great view from every seat!

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Music
Melissa Ferrick • 9/23
Melissa Ferrick is one of the most prolific and hardworking artists in the independent music business, having performed with Joan Armatrading, Weezer, Bob Dylan, John Hiatt, and Ani DiFranco.

Music
Sarah Blacker Band • 9/30
The band presents seamless songs that expand into danceable grooves and playful improvisational journeys.

Talks
Margaret A. Burnham • 10/4
A paradigm-shifting investigation of Jim Crow–era violence, the legal apparatus that sustained it, and its enduring legacy, from a renowned legal scholar.

Music
Jonatha Brooke • 10/8
Merging evocative folk and melodic pop, singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke has spent decades songwriting for Disney films and television shows, as well as her own releases.

Music
Ben Sollee • 10/14
Ben Sollee is an American cellist, singer-songwriter, and composer known for his innovative playing style, genre-bending songwriting, electrifying performances, and political activism.

Music
John Smith • 10/16
Known for his intimate songwriting, his honey-on-gravel voice and pioneering guitar playing, Smith’s latest album is honest and creative, featuring collaborators Sarah Jarosz, Courtney Hartman, and The Milk Carton Kids.

Music
Willy Porter & Tom Pirozzoli • 10/21
Willy Porter’s guitar-driven events deliver songs part grit, soul, and muscle with virtuoso fret-work, and Tom Pirozzoli’s sophisticated guitar work forms the rich backdrop for his warm tenor voice.

Music
Chris Trapper • 10/22
Chris Trapper has become a modern-day acoustic troubadour and storyteller, using his honeyed tenor and humor to withstand the test of time.

Literary
Alice Hoffman • 10/26
The breathtaking conclusion to the Practical Magic series—just in time for Halloween!

Music
Ellis Paul • 10/28
A national treasure and New England’s own, Ellis Paul is a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside for all to hear.

Music
River Sister • 10/29
Portsmouth’s own River Sister delivers “a fresh, cathartic addition to the indie-folk cannon.” (EDGE magazine)

Literary
Stacy Schiff • 11/2
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author and biographer Stacy Schiff returns with a gripping and revelatory account of one of America’s founding fathers.

Music
Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards • 11/5
Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards is nothing if not a culmination: the gathering of a select group of acoustic roots musicians at the zenith of their careers.

Music
Tom Paxton & The Don Juans • 11/6
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and folk icon, Tom Paxton teams up with the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter duo The Don Juans—Don Henry and Jon Vezner.

Music
Heather Maloney • 11/10
The Massachusetts-based “writer song-singer” has toured nationally as a headliner as well as support for acts like Lake Street Dive and Shakey Graves with her tremulous folk and assertive rock sound.

Talks
Patrick Radden Keefe • 11/12
A New York Times bestseller. The devastating portrait of the Sackler family, famed for their philanthropy, whose fortune was built by Valium and whose reputation was destroyed by OxyContin.

Music
Brian Dunne • 11/13
With a sound at once vintage and modern, Brian Dunne’s new album is dark and dreamy.

Talks
An Evening with Mary Ann Esposito • 11/15
Mary Ann Esposito, host of Ciao Italia, celebrates the launch of her new cookbook!

Comedy
Sara Schaefer: GOING UP • 11/18
Sara Schaefer is a critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, writer, and producer who has appeared on John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Inside Amy Schumer.

Music
Lucy Kaplansky • 11/19
An acclaimed singer-songwriter of rare talent, Lucy is “a truly gifted performer with a bag full of enchanting songs” (The New Yorker) and “the troubadour laureate of modern city folk” (Boston Globe).

Music
Kat Wright • 12/3
Kat Wright with Bob Wagner and Josh Weinstein showcases the trio’s stripped down folky/rootsy music.

Music
Antje Duvekot • 12/3
This folk songwriter leaves the audience in awe with her powerful sense of vulnerability.

Music
A Sinatra Christmas with Rich DiMare • 12/17
Join Rich DiMare for a Merry Little Christmas, live in the Lounge.

Our revitalized, nightclub-style space at 131 Congress Street features high-quality programming, bar & small bites, and a great view from every seat!

More Info