Common Grounds Coffeehouse

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Common Grounds began in 2007 as a venue for quality live acoustic music, as well as a way to develop community among music lovers in the beautiful Monadnock region of southwestern New Hampshire. The coffeehouse is operated and sustained by the First Congregational Church, UCC in Rindge, NH. Common Grounds host music on the second Friday of each month from September to June. Genres accepted include acoustic, bluegrass, celtic, blues, folk, and singer/songwriters.

Their first season was a huge success, and they're anxious to launch a new season and build upon what’s been started. Common Grounds advertises and draws from an area that extends from Northern Worchester County in MA (to the south) to Keene and Peterborough in NH (to the north and east.)

Located in the Town Hall room of the 1797 Rindge, NH meetinghouse, Common Grounds is an acoustically live, attractively decorated, intimate venue that both musicians and audiences agree is a great setting for live music. The venue has an ample raised stage area, with cafe-style seating and candlelit tables. They can seat 60 comfortably, with a maximum capacity of 80.

Admission varies based on the need to cover the musician’s fee. A $5-10 cover is usually charged, which covers admission and beverages, with a dessert menu available for separate purchase. Normally, Common Grounds guarantees the greater figure of $100 per performer or 75% of gross, although those figures are negotiable. They encourage and will assist with CD sales. Meals and lodging are also negotiable.

Common Grounds follows a concert format with two 45-55 minute sets and a 15-minute break in between. Shows feature one act with a brief opener or two acts to share the evening. Doors open at 7:30 and shows go from 8 pm to 10 pm. All set-ups and sound checks should be completed by 7:15.

Please note: Common Grounds has a workable PA system, but highly recommends that acts bring their own whenever possible. Yours is better quality and you know just the right settings! Let the venue know during the booking process if you need PA.