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Portland Press Herald staff writer Ray Routhier will try anything. Once. During 20 years at the Press Herald he’s been equally attracted to stories that are unusually quirky and seemingly mundane. He’s taken rides on garbage trucks, sought out the mother of two rock stars, dug clams, raked blueberries, and spent time with the family of bedridden man who finds strength in music. Nothing too dangerous mind you, just adventurous enough to find the stories of real Mainers doing real cool things.

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Posted: June 3, 2015

So many concerts this summer! 42 outdoor concerts (7 are FREE) and some great indoor shows too

Written by: Ray Routhier
Scenes from the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover concert at East End in Portland in August of 2012. The concert area begins to fill with spectators in anticipation of the featured acts. Press Herald file photo

Scenes from the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover concert at East End in Portland in August of 2012. The concert area begins to fill with spectators in anticipation of the featured acts. Press Herald file photo

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.

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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.


Discovery Park, 95 Main St., Freeport; Shows start at 7:30 p.m. |

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. |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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


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

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