Will this be Maine’s most musical summer ever?
It’s a question worth asking. Greater Portland is seeing a huge jump this year in the number of major acts playing outdoor shows in the warm weather, thanks to a new concert series on the Maine State Pier in Portland, and a new open-air venue on Thompson’s Point in Portland.
The pier shows feature an eclectic mix of musical styles, from 80s rockers like Billy Idol and Bret Michaels of Poison, to country star Kacey Musgraves, singer-songwriter David Gray, and the legendary Beach Boys. The Thompson’s Point shows have more of a focus on contemporary music, including shows by Ingrid Michaelson and Grace Potter with Lake Street Dive.
The free concert series at L.L. Bean in Freeport, always a favorite with music fans, has a strong line-up this summer, including The Mavericks, Rosanne Cash, Trombone Shorty and Andy Grammer.
Just two hours north of Portland, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, which holds 16,000 people, continues to bring major acts to the area. Classic rockers Van Halen and country superstar Reba McEntire are among the shows there this summer.
And if you don’t mind going indoors for a summer show, James Taylor will play Portland’s Cross Arena July 7. The State Theatre in Portland, which has shows seemingly nightly, will keep on trucking through the summer, including shows by Keb’ Mo’ on June 20 and Lucinda Williams on June 30.
Here then is a list of some of the major summer pop music concerts, featuring national acts, coming to Maine. But it’s by no means a complete list of everything going on in the state.
FREE SUMMER CONCERTS
L.L. BEAN SUMMER IN THE PARK
Discovery Park, 95 Main St., Freeport; Shows start at 7:30 p.m. | www.llbean.com
July 4: The Mavericks
July 25: Dawes
Aug. 1: Rosanne Cash
Aug. 8: Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox (jazz)
Aug. 15: Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue (jazz, hip hop and rock)
Aug. 29: Lake Street Dive (soul, jazz)
Sept. 5: Andy Grammer (pop rock) on Sept. 5.
Commercial and Franklin streets, Portland. Most shows start at 6 p.m. | www.waterfrontconcerts.com/mainestatepier
June 4: Billy Idol, $30.75 to $89.75
June 11: Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jonny Lang, $25 to $55
June 12: The Wailers and Rusted Root, $19.75 to 39.75
June 13: David Gray with Rachael Yamagata, $26.75 to $69.75
June 25: Bret Michaels, $19.75 to $49.75
June 26: Barenaked Ladies with Violent Femmes and Colin Hay, $39.50 to $79.50
June 27: Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick, $42 to $82
July 16: Kacey Musgraves,$19.75 to $45.75
July 24: Tedeschi Trucks Band with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Doyle Bramhall II, $35.75 to $89.75
July 26: Weird Al Yankovic, $18 to $52
July 30: American Idol Live, $20.75 to $64.75
July 31: Weezer, $55
Aug. 1: Lewis Black (comedian), $19.75 to $55.75
Aug. 2: Christina Perri and Colbie Caillat, $20.75 to $70.75
Aug. 7: 2nd Annual Portland Reggae Fest, featuring Steel Pulse, Barrington Levy, Inner Circle, Mighty Mystic and more, $30
Aug. 13: The Beach Boys, $20 to $80
Aug. 18: Gregg Allman, $21.75 to $49.75
Aug. 20: Counting Crows, $39.75 to $89.75
Aug. 22: Scotty McCreery, $19.75 to $55.75
Sept. 3: J. Geils Band, $32.75 to $85.75
Sept. 4: Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, Morgan Heritage, and Tarrus Riley with Jo Mersa and Black Am I, $47.75
Off the Fore River Parkway, Portland | statetheatreportland.com
June 28: Ingrid Michaelson with Jukebox the Ghost and Secret Someones, 5:30 p.m., $30 to $35
July 27: Primus with Dinosaur Jr. and The Ghost of a A Saber Tooth Tiger (with Sean Lennon), 5 p.m. (gates open), $39.50 to $45
Aug. 1: Grace Potter with Lake Street Dive, 6 p.m., $40 to $45.
Eastern Promenade, Portland | portlandlightsfestival.com
Aug. 8: Guster, Dr. Dog, Augustana, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, In The Valley Below, and Dominic and the Lucid, 1 p.m., $24 to $60.
Railroad Street, Bangor | waterfrontconcerts.com
June 4: Lady Antebellum with Hunter Hayes, $26.75 to $70.75
June 7: Zac Brown Band, $35.75 to $85.75
June 18: Train with The Fray, $19.75 to $79.75
June 20: Fall Out Boy with Hoodie Allen, $31.75 to $59.75
July 9: Eric Church with The Lone Bellow, $25.75 to $74.75
July 30: Van Halen, with Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, $39.75 to $149.75
Aug. 12: Joe Bonamassa, $71 to $101
Aug. 13: Kenny Chesney with Chase Rice, $43.75 to $149.75
Aug. 19: Nickelback with Lifehouse, $30 to $99
Aug. 21: Reba McEntire, $29.75 to $89.75
COME ON IN
A few indoor summer shows worth noting
June 11: Mavis Staples, 8 p.m., Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dug Way Road, Brownfield: $70
June 20: Keb’ Mo’, 8 p.m., State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland; $30 to $45
June 30: Lucinda Williams, 8 p.m., State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland; $25 to $45.
July 7: James Taylor and His All-Star Band, 8 p.m., Cross Arena, 45 Spring St., Portland; $92.50.
July 26: Beth Orton, 8 p.m., Jonathan’s, 92 Bourne Lane, Ogunquit; $30
Aug. 22: Howie Day, 7 p.m., Jonathan’s, 92 Bourne Lane, Ogunquit; $27.50