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Live Music In Boston, Massachusetts

Published Aug 15, 2018

Filled with rich history, art, and culture, Boston is the largest city of Massachusetts. The Freedom Trail and the Museum of Fine Arts are a must visit for those touring the historic city. If you are in Boston you must not leave without giving a treat to your taste buds. North End Boston Secret Food Tour or Boston Public Market & North End (Little Italy) Tour are some famous places to be for food lovers. Music plays an integral part of Boston and music enthusiast can enjoy many live concerts playing rock, classical, folk and hip-hop genres. Here are some of the hot spots to enjoy live music while you are visiting Boston.

1. Live Funky Jazz Music Cruise in Boston Harbor (from USD 45)

If you opt for a cruise in the Boston Harbor, while grooving to the jazz music, a trip on the Northern Lights is the best way to end your day. Leave all your tensions behind while you match your steps to the fusion, pop, funk and hip-hop music played by the in-house band - City of Four. If you are too tired to dance on the floor you can head to the top outer deck with a drink and enjoy the picturesque views. The tour lasts for 1.5 hours and it takes you past the Charlestown and Seaport District, Leonard Zakim Bridge and Mystic Tobin Bridge. The tour also allows you to catch a glimpse of the Old North Church. The cruise comprises of two decks and six bathrooms. To ensure guests have a comfortable ambiance, climate-controlled cabins are at their disposal. You should note that beer, mixed drinks, wine and tasty snacks are also available onboard for purchase.

Live Funky Jazz Music Cruise in Boston Harbor

Duration 1.5 hours


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2. Jazz Cruise on the Classic 'Northern Lights' (from USD 45)

Jazz Cruise on the elegant Northern Lights is the perfect way to begin your weekend. Spend a total of 1.5 hours on the decks of this beautiful cruise over a glass of wine. The cruise hosts the tunes of Benjamin Young Trio and their music will make you step down on the dance floor with your loved ones. You can head to the deck area and enjoy the city lights as the boat moves past some iconic destinations such as Fort Independence, Bunker Hill Monument, and the USS Constitution. The shadow of the lights on the water and the soft music in the background takes you back to the jazz era. Relax on the cruise with your friends and family after a hectic day over some drinks and crispy snacks available from the in-house bar.

Boston: Jazz Cruise on the Classic 'Northern Lights'

Duration 1.5 hours

Rating 3.5 / 5

Number of Reviews 2

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3. Boston Dinner Cruise on The Odyssey (from USD 111)

A three-hour evening cruise on The Odyssey is the best way to enjoy live music while gorging over the beauty of the Boston skyline. Not only will you enjoy the three-course dinner prepared by the chef, but you can also visit the observation deck or the Captain’s bridge. The Captain greets you on your arrival and the in-house photographer will capture your memories in his camera. The onboard menu offers a number of delicious delicacies for guests. If you have a sweet tooth, the extensive dessert menu will keep you satisfied. Travelers can unwind at the climate-controlled decks or dance to the live music under the sky. Guests must note that smoking is strictly prohibited on The Odyssey and you should adhere to the dress code.

Boston Dinner Cruise On The Odyssey

Duration 3 hours

Rating 3.3 / 5

Number of Reviews 3

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4. Boston Harbor Cruise with Live Jazz (from USD 48)

Step aboard for a lifetime experience in the 1.5-hour cruise along the Boston Harbor. Sit back and relax in the climate-controlled cabins with your friends and family while admiring the stunning skyline. If you are in the real mood to party, head to the top outer deck and groove to the rock and roll music played by musicians from the Berklee School of Music. The melodious music played by Benjamin Young Quartet will take you back to the golden era of jazz music. The cruise leaves from the Rowes Wharf Boston on time and sails past the City of Lights before returning to the point of departure. The in-house bar packaged with snacks, wine, champagne and mixed drinks will satisfy your cravings. Guests must keep in mind that they must reach the departure point about 30 minutes before time.

1.5-Hour Boston Harbor Cruise with Live Jazz

Duration 90 minutes

Rating 0/5

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5. Boston Buffet Dinner Cruise (from USD 97)

A three-hour dinner cruise along Boston Harbor is a great way to experience live music while admiring the breath-taking city skyline. Enjoy the songs of Boston’s famous DJs or the in-house cabaret and spend some quality time with your loved ones on the ship’s deck. The lip savoring dinner menu comprises of a wide variety of salads and entrees. A number of desserts are also available for guests. The cruise departs from Seaport World Trade Center, one of the popular city landmarks, so access to departure point is very easy. The dress code is casual, so slacks, polo or button-down shirt for men and Capri pants or a sundress for women are strongly recommended on the cruise.

Boston Buffet Dinner Cruise

Duration 3 hours

Rating 3.9 / 5

Number of Reviews 9

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6. Sunday Brunch Cruise (from USD 75)

Enjoy a Sunday brunch cruise while admiring the Boston skyline with a gourmet buffet brunch and great live music. The brunch menu will be freshly prepared by the well-known author and chef Barbara Lynch. Hop on board around 11:30 am from Long Wharf in Boston and relax on the three spacious decks in the great weather while tasting a vast variety of delicacies. Take some beautiful shots while you pass by the USS Constitution, Old North Church, Boston Light and the Boston Harbor Islands. The two-hour trip is worth an experience and the knowledgeable narrator will tell you about the history of the cleanest harbors of Boston. The cruise offers a free trip for children below three years but a valid boarding pass is a must. If you are traveling with elderly family members there is no need to worry as a wheelchair can be arranged upon request.

Sunday Brunch Cruise

Duration 2 hours

Rating 5/5

Number of Reviews 5

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Enjoy live music in Boston


Boston is not only the oldest city in the US with ancient architecture and revolutionary history but is also the center of live music. The after impact of British colonization has evolved the city with different genres of music.

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