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Revel in these outdoor concerts (some are even free)

Outdoor concerts are a rite of summer. Here are five of southern Maine’s best venues for music in the open air—the too-good-to-be-free series at L.L. Bean; the hot new venue Thompson’s Point; the comfortable Seaside Pavilion; the always popular Maine State Pier; and the middle-of-town series on the Brunswick Mall. 

L.L. Bean Summer Concert Series, Freeport

We’ll start here because these are free! Bring your lawn chair to Discovery Park at L.L. Bean, Freeport. All concerts start at 7:30 p.m., except the Bluegrass Festival, which includes music throughout the afternoon followed by headliner The Mark O’Connor Band at 7:30. There will be fireworks after the July 4 concert.
July 4 Matt Anderson
July 8 Langhorne Slim & the Law
July 22 Bluegrass Festival, featuring The Mark O’Connor Band, Joe K. Walsh, Celia Woodsmith and The Gibson Brothers
July 29 Mayer Hawthorne
Aug. 5 Sara Evans
Sept. 2 Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers
For the latest information about weather or event cancellations, call 1-877-755-2326, option 2.

Brunswick Music on the Mall

Brunswick hosts one of the area’s best free outdoor summer concerts on the Mall on Wednesday nights (with Thursdays as rain dates). These concerts start at 6 p.m.:
June 28 Cilantro
July 5 Liz Lannon Band
July 12 JimmyLo & the Jumbo’Ayuhs
July 19 Colwell Brothers Band
July 26 Mes Amis
Aug. 2 Delta Knights
Aug. 9 Honest Millie
Aug. 30 Three’s Country
For more information, go to www.brunswickdowntown.org.

Thompson’s Point’s Summer Concert Series, Portland

It’s new-ish. It’s hip. It’s outdoors. And with space for 5,000 people, it’s the biggest concert venue in Portland. Thompson’s Point, along the Fore River in Portland (11 Thompson’s Point), is hosting an impressive summer concert series:
June 9 Foster the People
June 10 Ween
June 16 The Shins
June 20 Michael Franti & Spearhead
July 11 My Morning Jacket with Gary Clark Jr.
July 24 Elvis Costello
July 27 Fleet Foxes
July 30 Wilco
Aug. 3 Glass Animals
Aug. 5 Alabama Shakes with special guest Emily King
Aug. 12 Guster on the Ocean: Guster with Maine Youth Rock Orchestra, The Ghost of Paul Revere and Spencer Albee
Sept. 19 Trey Anastasio Band
Tickets are sold through the State Theatre site: www.statetheatreportland.com.

Maine State Pier, Portland

Summer concerts don’t get any closer to the ocean than on the Maine State Pier, right next to Casco Bay Lines. The eclectic summer lineup includes some crowd singalong favorites like Pat Benatar, Goo Goo Dolls and Lifehouse. Upcoming shows include:
July 2, 3:30 p.m. Slightly Stoopid
July 7, 6 p.m. Billy Currington
July 8, 6 p.m. 311 with New Politics
July 25, 6 p.m. Primus
July 26, 6 p.m. Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo
Aug. 5, 6 p.m. Lifehouse and Switchfoot
Aug. 6, 5 p.m. Dark Star Orchestra
Aug. 9, 5:30 p.m. Gov’t Mule
Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m. Joe Bonamassa
Aug. 16, 6 p.m. Goo Goo Dolls with Phillip Phillips
For tickets: www.waterfrontconcerts.com.

Seaside Pavilion, Old Orchard Beach

This covered pavilion just blocks from the beach has stadium seating. Rain is no cause for concern, and yet the venue is still open to ocean breezes and the smell of pine trees. Affiliated with the Salvation Army, Seaside Pavilion hosts an eclectic mix of concerts with a dual focus on oldies but goodies and the best in today’s Christian music. The 2017 lineup includes:
June 27, 7:30 p.m. New Legacy Swing Band
July 4, 6 p.m. Don Campbell Band Veterans Appreciation Concert (free!)
July 7, 6:30 p.m. Phillips, Craig, and Dean
July 11, 7 p.m. The Carpenters Tribute
July 15, 6:30 p.m. Building 429 & Plumb
July 18, 7 p.m. Let’s Hang On!
Aug. 8, 7 p.m. Fanfare Concert Band
Aug. 15, 7 p.m. Dave Matthews Tribute Band
Aug. 19, 6:30 p.m. Natalie Grant
The pavilion is at 8 Sixth St., but parking is at Old Orchard Beach High School (40 E. Emerson Cummings Blvd.) with shuttles down the hill. For information and tickets: www.seasidepavilion.org.

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