Past Dates

Sunday, October 20th, 2019

Concert Series at the Garden - 3:00pm
145 Bolton Road
Harvard, MA 01451
Price: $15

The Healing Garden invites you to spend a Sunday afternoon experiencing musical performances in their annual concert series (Sept-June).  All concerts are open to the public; $15 at the door cash or check. All proceeds directly benefit our clients.

The Healing Gardens mission statement: Our mission is to optimize the quality of life for all those affected by cancer.

We are honored to play a show in support of such an important space right here in our hometown!

Saturday, September 7th, 2019

Rafters Go Indigo! - 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Worcester Common
Worcester, MA
Price: FREE

We are super excited to play the main stage at the Worcester Pride 2019! We have a special show lined up: RAFTERS GO INDIGO! We will be playing a special set of our favorite band the Indigo Girls! Come on out and support a fantastic community event.

Saturday, August 10th, 2019

Music at the Pavilion - 6pm - 8pm
36 Locust Street
Douglas, MA
Price: $10 (16 years and older)

A second trip down to Douglas MA! A farm which grows and maintains to the values we hold. Fresh, organic, community based! A fun and scenic place to experience summer at the farm and a little bit of music!

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019

11:00am - 1:00pm
626 Main Street
Bolton, MA
Price: Free

Our first stop at a new venue - the Bolton Bean! Food, coffee, music ~ repeat ~ food, coffee, music ~ repeat...Ha! Can't wait to play here!

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Summer Concert Series - 5:00pm
11 French Drive
Boylston, MA 01505

We play in the center botanical garden - right in front of the turtle fountains! If you have never been to Tower Hill this would be a great reason to check out a gem right in Boylston. 

Saturday, July 13th, 2019

Back to Baileys! - 7:00pm
18 Main Street
Townsend, MA

Back to Baileys Bar and Grille! One of our favorite spots to play. Great food, drinks and a support for the local community. Come say hi to Pam and the crew at Baileys...Not sure if we are on the patio or inside...

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

Harvard Celebrates the 4th! - 5:00pm
102 Prospect Hill
Harvard, MA 01451
Price: $20 per car load

A hometown extravaganza! Harvard Celebrates the 4th (on July 3rd - Rain Date July 8th). A beautiful venue, food, drinks, fireworks and 3 Harvard bands!

This is a great event that keeps getting bigger each year. 

5:00 Gates Open

5:30: The Rafters

6:45: Ashley Jordan

8:00: Bare Hill Band

9:15: Fireworks!

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

The Bull Run
Pay It Forward - Lee V! - 5:00pm
215 Great Road
Shirley, MA 01464
Price: SOLD OUT!

A concert in memory of our dear friend Lee Villaire. A benefit to raise money for a scholarship in Lee's name to "Pay it forward".  Honored to be a part of the first annual event.

Saturday, May 4th, 2019

Hudson ArtFest
Town Hall Stage - Hudson ArtFest - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Town Hall
Hudson, MA
Price: FREE

We kick off Hudson ArtFest in downtown Hudson MA! We play the Town Hall stage from 12-1. A great event and we are super excited to play a part in it!

Saturday, April 27th, 2019

Opening for Vance Gilbert - 7:00PM
Harvard, MA
Price: $25 advanced / $30 day of

Vance Gilbert is a folk legend. We are lucky enough to have him call MA his home and that we will play an opening set for him on April 27th! These shows at the Harvard UU have been some of the most memorable ones we have had. a big THANK YOU to Wachusett Music!

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

St Paddys Day Foot Pursuit (5k Road Race) - 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Ayer, MA
Price: Free

Our 5th year supporting the Ayer Police St. Paddys Day Foot Pursuit. And on our favorite holiday of the year ST PADDYS!!! Will Skip win another medal? Will Beej decide to run the 5K? Will Dave freeze to mixing board spinning tunes for the runners? Only way to know is come out to Carlins and grab a pint and support a great cause!

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

Baileys by the Bar - 7:00PM - 10:00PM
18 Main Street
Townsend, MA
Price: FREE

When a place supports local music like Pam and Al do, has great food, great prices and a great atmosphere, we are the lucky ones to play here. Come on out!

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

Opening for Cheryl Wheeler - 7:00PM
9 Ayer Road
Harvard, MA 01451
Price: $30 early / $35 day of show

We help kick off the 2018/2019 Wachusett  Music Series opening for folk icon Cheryl Wheeler! About Cheryl: 

"Cheryl's concerts are more like what you would find at a comedy club than expect to find at a folk music concert. She will tell a story that has you rolling in the aisles, and then sing a song that leaves you wiping tears from your eyes. She will talk about some serious current event, and then sing a song that will have you howling with laughter. Her entire concert is an emotional roller coaster."

Great chance to see a seasoned and acclaimed artist in a local setting!

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

Farmers Market Stage - 10am - 1PM
27 Mass Ave
Harvard, MA 01451
Price: FREE

A hometown show at our favorite farmers market - The Harvard Farmers Market! A chance to play a relaxed set under the tent by the elementary school our kids go will be fun to see everyone we know from town. Come get some turnips, beets, maybe a pie or some tomatoes...a fun fall day in Harvard.

Sunday, September 30th, 2018

Jeff Root "The Endless Adventure" Album Release - 7:30pm
215 Great Rd
Shirley, MA 01464
(978) 425-4311
Price: $15

Thrilled to be ask to play an opening set for the local musical legend Jeff Root! Back to the Bull Run it will sure to be a "not to miss" event. We will also be playing with Jeff and his band on a handful of songs. Elizabeth Lorrey plays as well (maybe we can get a mini Rafters 2016 reunion going?!)!!! What a night, friends, family, music...a highlight of 2018.

Saturday, September 8th, 2018

Volksfest - Harvard Lions Club - 3:00 - 4:10pm
Harvard Library Field, 4 Pond Road
Harvard, MA 01451
Price: FREE

A Volksfest is "A Festival for all People", featuring traditional German food, hard cider, beer and wine, live music & dancing. Admission and parking are free. Put together a team and build a bed for the bed races! We'll have kid's activities and craft vendors. Free admission! Fun for the whole family!


We play 3 - 4 and then multiple other great bands!

Saturday, August 25th, 2018

Summer at the Farm - 6:00PM - 8:00PM
36 Locust Street
Douglas, MA
(508) 476-2198
Price: $5

Douglas Orchard Farm is presenting local original music in a beautiful setting. Looking forward to a first time for us to play in Miki's sisters hometown...Douglas MA!

Saturday, August 11th, 2018

Soule Homestead Summer Concert Series - 6:00PM
46 Soule Street
Middleborough, MA 02346
(508) 947-6744
Price: $10

We return to one of our favorite places to play...Soule Homestead in Middleboro MA? Enjoy six-weeks of summer music with the backdrop of our gorgeous 120 acre farm.  Concerts start at 6pm and take place rain or shine (indoor space if needed).  Admission is $10 per person and anyone under 16 is FREE!  Snacks are also available for sale and children are welcome and encouraged.


Opening the show is local artist: Kim Moberg

Sunday, July 1st, 2018

Summer Series Concert - 4:00om - 7:00pm
18 Main St
Townsend, MA 01469
Price: Free

Back to Bailey's as part of the 2018 Summer Concert Series. Rain or shine, if weather allows we will be outside on the patio, if not we will be inside by the bar. A favorite spot for us, come down and get a great meal a few drinks - we'd love to say hello!

Saturday, May 19th, 2018

2nd Annual Harvard Hometown Show - 7:00PM
9 Ayer Road
Harvard, Massachusetts (MA) 01451
Price: TBD

We make the trip up Lovers Lane to Harvard town common. We play our 2nd annual home town show! More details to come...we look to make this one special...

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

Ayer Police 5k Foot Pursuit - 11:30am
7 Depot Square
Ayer, Massachusetts 01432
United States
Price: Free

We are honored to continue our streak of playing the Ayer Police St. Paddys Day 5k Foot Pursuit race! This is the 4th year running. Musical guests include Rob "the drummer boy" D'amico, Beej (no more needs to be said!), and Skip "I'mma winning this 5k this year" Compagnone! More about the event...

"The Ayer Police Association St. Paddy's Day Foot Pursuit kicks off its 4th year of running. This race rolls into the spring running season and all for a great cause. A percentage of the proceeds goes to Cops For Kids with Cancer. How can you NOT want to join in for such a great cause. We welcome everyone of all ages and all running abilities. Join us for a fun day, rain, snow, hurricanes or ice, no matter the weather we will run! First 150 registrants snag a free t-shirt. Come and get your Irish on, do a little jig at the bar after the race to celebrate crossing the finish line!"

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Northborough Free Music Series - 7:00 - 8:30 PM
34 Main Street
Northborough, Massachusetts (MA) 01532
Price: FREE

We are excited to be playing at the Northborough Library free Music Series! A great venue for music in a space that is focused on promoting the arts in the local area.

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Summer Series Concert - 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Central Park
Clinton, Massachusetts
Price: FREE

We will be playing in historic downtown Clinton as part of their 2017 Summer Concert Series. Grab a blanket, some snacks, the kids and enjoy the sound of acoustic guitars floating in the summer breeze!

Rain Date: 8/16/17 (the next day)

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Bonsai West Summer Open House - 5:00 PM
100 Great Road
Littleton, Massachusetts 01460
United States
Price: FREE

Our 4th year in the Garden! Come down and enjoy the fascinating art of Bonsai! A summer open house with music in the garden (that's us!), light snacks and wine, and of course BONSAI!

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Summer in the Winter Garden - 12:00PM & 2:00PM
11 French Drive
Boylston, MA 01505

Couldn't be happier to return to Tower Hill! We play in the Winter Garden for an afternoon show at 12:00 and 2:00pm.

If you have never been it is worth a trip alone to visit Tower Hill, and if you have been you know how special it is. 

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Harvard 4th of July - 5:00 PM
Fruitlands Museum
Harvard, Massachusetts (MA) 01451
Price: $20 per car / $10 with Harvard 4th T-Shrit

Our second year to play at one of the best 4th of July celebrations in New England! Come early, find a spot on the hill, bring a picnic, get some fried dough, and enjoy the music and fireworks! This is a full band show with long time friends Skip, Beej, and Rob!

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Peter Yarrow - 8:00pm
1 Court St
Plymouth, MA 02360
(508) 746-4488
Price: $40

We have the honor of opening for the Peter Yarrow! At the beautiful Spire Center in Plymouth MA! 

"Peter Yarrow’s talents as a creative artist—both with the legendary trio Peter, Paul & Mary and as a solo performer—are frequently directed at using music to convey a message of humanity and caring. His gift for songwriting has produced some of the most moving songs from Peter, Paul & Mary, including “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “Day is Done”, “Light One Candle” and “The Great Mandala.” As a member of the renowned musical trio, Yarrow has earned multiple gold and platinum albums, as well as numerous GRAMMYs."

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Opening for Ellis Paul - 7:00PM
9 Ayer Road
Harvard, Massachusetts (MA) 01451
Price: $25 advanced / $30 day of

Opening for a true folk ICON - ELLIS PAUL! We have been fans of Ellis since our days in college (we'll leave it there!). A true american artist, what an honor. 

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

The Hearing Room - 8:00 - 10:00pm
119 Chelmsford St
Lowell, Massachusetts
United States

Our first time to a Lowell MA rising listening room! From the Hearing Room itself: 

"The Hearing Room operates on this fundamental premise: that the creative spirit is the best of humanity, it exists in everyone and there is never enough of it around.  We strive to be a destination that offers a space for creators of original works to share and collaborate with one another in an informal, accessible environment"

Lets make our first time one to remember!

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

Ayer Police 5k Foot Pursuit - 11:00AM
7 Depot Sq.
Ayer, Massachusetts 01432
United States
Price: FREE

An honor to be asked back for a 3rd time to provide music in support of the Ayer Police departments 5k St. Paddys Day road race. Money from the race goes to help out local charities. you can be assured that Greg Compagnone will be on hand to play some music and run the race...can he beat his 3rd place medal from last year?

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Home in Harvard - 7:00 PM
9 Ayer Road
Harvard, Massachusetts (MA) 01541
Price: $15 / $10

We moved to Harvard MA on September 1st 2017...good timing, as Wachusett Music, now celebrating their 20th year putting on concerts, has also moved their home to Harvard to the First Unitarian Universalist Church! We will play 2 sets in a beautiful venue for music. We are hoping to have some guest musicians and allot of family and friends, a perfect way to kick off 2017! Check out a promo video:


Saturday, December 31st, 2016

Worcester First Night! - 7:00PM
10 Pingry Way
Worcester, Massachusetts 01432
United States

More details to come! We have been added to the Worcester First Night celebration!

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Cherry Bridge House Concert - 7:00PM
Bridgewater, Massachusetts
United States
Price: Suggested donation of $10

Andy and Judy are two local musicians on the rise. Not only do they have their own music career going they try and help other musicians by opening their home in a special house concert series "Cherry Bridge House Concerts". This one will feel great as we come home to Bridgewater for this special evening of music.

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

New England Music Festival - 2:15 PM
Rotary Park
Putnam, CT
(860) 428-1278
Price: $15

The New England Acoustic Music Festival is a one-day boutique music festival produced by Fat Cats Events & Marketing, LLC.  The festival features both established and emerging New England-based music artists, performing original music. The Festival takes place in the historic Antique District of Putnam, CT, often considered one of New England’s best small-town destinations. In addition to the cool music, the Festival will feature food, beer and non-alcoholic beverages from some of the areas best vendors as well as a variety of artists and artisans selling their wares. The festival is held in scenic Rotary Park along the banks of the picturesque Quinebaug River. The New England Acoustic Music Festival is an annual event and is one of the centerpieces of Putnam’s thriving arts and cultural scene.

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

The Big E!
Rafters play the BIG E! - TBD
875 Memorial Ave
West Springfield, Massachusetts
United States

We have been asked to play on Massachusetts Day at the Big E! We will do our best to represent the state we have lived our whole lives in (and will hopefully! never leave!). More info soon on this great opportunity...


Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Health and Wellness Fair - 4pm-7pm
31 Andrews Parkway
Devens, Massachusetts 01432
United States
Price: $20 in advance / $25 day of show

We will be getting our Zen on supplying music for the Mind, Body, Spirit Health and Well Being fair! From 4-7Pm Chair massage, Reki, Yoga, Zentangle...all going on. From 7:30 - 8:30 be enchanted by two of the areas finest mediums: Katherine Glass and Laura Emerald

Saturday, August 13th, 2016

Baileys Bar And Grille
Baileys Summer Concert Series - 6:00PM
Townsend, MA
Price: FREE

Year number 4! We play on the patio, com eearly get a table and iand diner. Special guest appearance by THE DOTS.

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Showcase - Noon to 4:30PM
44 County Road 7D
Hillsdale, NY 12529

We are so honored to have been selected as a Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist! We are one of 24 artists to have been chosen and we could not be more excited! This is a dream come true...

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

Harvard General Store
The Harvard Family Association Fundraiser - 2:00PM
1 Still River Rd
Harvard, Massachusetts 01451
United States

The Harvard Family Association is holding a Wine Tasting Fundraising event at the General store in beautiful Harvard MA! We are looking forward to bringing the light acoustic music to go along with the Pinots, Cabs, and Merlots...

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Back to Bonsai - 5:00 PM
100 Great Rd
Littleton, Massachusetts
United States
(978) 486-3556
Price: FREE

We play in the gardens of Bonsai West for the annual summer open house! Mikis home territory...come say hello to the trees, DR. Bonsai and us! Light snacks and wine served in the garden.

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Harvard 4th of July - 5:00 PM
Harvard, MA
Price: $20 per car / $10 with Harvard 4th T-Shrit

A highlight for 2016, We will be one of 4 or 5 bands ringing in the Town of Harvard 4th of July fireworks at the Fruitlands Museum. This is an event not too miss...we cant wait!

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

Private Party
Rich's Birthday Bash! - 1:00 PM
Middleborough, MA 02346
Price: Invite Only

Wow. We are honored to play one of the true supporters of local original music birthday parties! Rich Mosley! We will be back at the farm for the special event.

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Amazing Things - 8:00 - 10:00pm
160 Hollis St
Framingham, MA 01701
Price: $18

We co-headline this great venue with Hummingbird Syndicate! We will have Jackie Damsky on violin!

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

Studio Session Live (Radio) - 2:00PM
601 State Street ( 3A )
Manomet, MA
Price: Free

Studio Session Live started on May 3, 2015, and is a still new radio show, aimed at NPR and PRI stations. The host is famed Boston Radio Host Dave Palmater. His experience with music and musicians is evident as he talks to the Guests, and finds out the real what and why behind the music. 

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Coffeehouse Concert - 9:00PM
222 Main Street
Kingston, Massachusetts 02364
United States

Our first trip to Kingston and the South Shore Music Folk! We feature at this longstanding Coffeehouse series. Open mic before and after our set at 9:00 PM hope to see allot of family and friends at this one!

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

St. Paddys 5k Ayer PD - 12:00PM
7 Depot Square
Ayer, MA 01432
Price: Free

We will provide post race entertainment alongside The DOTS at the 2nd Annual Ayer Police St. Paddys Day 5k road race! Inside at Carlins - joined by Greg Compagnone!!!

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

RI Pride Goddess Show - 12:00PM - 5:00PM
276 Westminster St
Providence, RI
Price: $20 / $25

Honored to play Rhode Island Pride "Goddess Show"! Many acts throughout the day this one is going to be a blast! Get tix early as this will sell out...

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

Hardwick Winery - 2:00PM
3305 Greenwich Road
Hardwick, Massachusetts
United States
Price: FREE

Our first trip to the Hardwick Winery and Vineyard! A beautiful setting to get into the holiday spirit and play some live music. We play from 2:00 - 4:00 PM.

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Back to the Bull Run - The Rafters & Elizabeth Lorrey - 7:00 PM
215 Great Road (Rt. 2A)
Shirley, MA 01464

A shared night of music with Elizabeth Lorrey - Back to the Bull Run we go!

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

The Village - 8pm
373 Richmond Street
Providence, RI

We make a trip down to Providence Rhode Island to The Village! Thanks to our good friend RAZZI for having us!

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

Summer Concert Series - 6:00 PM
46 Soule Street
Middleborough, MA 02346
(508) 947-6744
Price: $10

We are excited for our first Soule Homestead Summer concert! All shows start at 6:00. We start about 6:45. All shows are rain or shine. You will find us in the classroom if the weather is bad. Bring chairs (or use ours) and a picnic dinner. Snacks and drinks for sale.

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Back to Bonsai - 5:00 PM
100 Great Rd
Littleton, MA
(978) 486-3556
Price: FREE

Back for our second year to the annual summer open house at Bonsai West. We play in a beautiful garden worth the trip alone. Come see what Miki does on her spare time...BONSAI!

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Lawn Garden Party - 6:00 PM
11 French Drive
Boylston, MA 01505
Price: Members Event

We are back at the garden at beautiful Tower Hill! 2 sets for a members picnic on the lawn!!!

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Baileys Bar and Grill
Summer Concert Series - 7:00 PM
Townsend, Massachusetts
United States
Price: FREE

Back for our third year in a row to Baileys Summer Concert series on the deck. Great food and fun atmosphere for an outdoor show! We share the night with Elizabeth Lorrey!!

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Hopkinton Cable TV
Studio Session Live - 5:00 PM
Hopkinton, Massachusetts
Price: FREE

We will film a Studio Session Live with Bob Crownfield at Hopkinton Cable TV!

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Off The Common Coffeehouse
In Concert - 7:00 PM
Bridgewater, MA 02324
Price: $15

We return to Off the Common Coffeehouse for a split bill with Lori Diamond and Fred Abatelli. This is a highly recognized Coffeehouse that has been supporting original acoustic/folk music for decades!

More info here:

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

House Concert
African Exchange Project - 7:30
Ashland, Massachusetts
Price: $25

For more than a decade The Plymouth Church in Framingham has been working with Pommern, a rural community in Tanzania, building schools, installing fresh water wells and funding community projects. Donations from this event will help bring clean, fresh water to families, support the health clinic and fund schools in this region.

To learn more:

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Concert Window
Shelter In Place - 8pm
Price: FREE

"Shelter In Place" Tour, with *The Rafters & Elizabeth Lorrey* wraps up with the third and final show!

No traffic, blizzards, ice storms, hurricanes, or parking nightmares. No waiting around until we can tour in your state.

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