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7 Big Concerts Under the Stars
~ By Caroline Praderio ~
Bach and Beer
The first-ever Portland Bach Festival is out to prove that craft brews and classical tunes aren’t such an odd couple.
June 21. 5 p.m. Free. Downtown Portland.
Don’t miss this year’s live collaboration between the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and Maine-bred Americana rockers The Mallett Brothers Band. June 25. 4:30 p.m. $20. Kennedy Farm, Rte. 142, Kingfield. 207-265-7677.
Rev up your patriotic spirit at the first performance of L.L.Bean’s Summer in the Park concert series. July 2. 7:30 p.m. Free. 95 Main St., Freeport. 877-755-2326.
The Beach Boys
Because it’s not really summer until you’ve belted all the high notes in “Surfin’ USA.” July 7. 7 p.m. $26–$100. Maine State Pier, Portland. 207-358-9327.
Hall & Oates
The formidable 1980s duo may have nixed the voluminous mullets, but they can still nail “Everytime You Go Away” and “You Make My Dreams (Come True).” July 14. 7 p.m. $25–$125. Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, 1 Railroad St., Bangor. 207-358-9327. waterfrontconcerts.com
Bob Dylan with Mavis Staples
A pair of legends (and onetime sweethearts) come together in their golden years. July 16. 6 p.m. $64–$84. Thompson’s Point, Portland. 207-956-6000.
The blues superstar is back on tour with a brand-new album (her 20th!). August 19. 7 p.m. $28–$90. Maine State Pier, Portland. 207-358-9327. waterfrontconcerts.com