From Tanglewood in the Berkshires to Newport, R.I., for its jazz and folk festivals, there are plenty of well-worn roads that lead to live music in New England. With summer in full swing, we look at some offbeat destinations that might not be on your radar but are worth the trip, for both the music and the scene you’ll find there.
STONE MOUNTAIN ARTS CENTER When the GPS loses its signal — and trust me, it will at some point — take heart that you’re probably on the right road to this cultural oasis in the foothills of the White Mountains in Brownfield, Maine. Musician Carol Noonan opened Stone Mountain, a converted barn aglow with white lights and painted birch trees, in 2006. The intimacy of the space — it holds just 200 seats — belies the caliber of artists Noonan attracts, from folk (Judy Collins) and R&B (Neville Brothers) to bluegrass (Ralph Stanley) and world (Ladysmith Black Mambazo). Come early for dinner.