Summertime means many things in Maine, not the least of which are a free outdoor concert series featuring local artists.

Rather than blather on about how great this is, I’ll just dive in and give you a list of those happening throughout Portland, beginning this week. Enjoy!

ALIVE AT FIVE, 5 p.m. Thursdays, Monument Square: Today, Phantom Buffalo and dilly dilly (indie rock and folk rock); July 19, Spencer Albee, Zach Jones and Lady Zen (pop/rock, R&B and soul); July 26, The McCarthys and Amy Allen (alt-country group and singer-songwriter); Aug. 2, March Forth, Anna & The Digs and The Veayo Twins (New Orleans marching band, Americana group and MAMM Slam high school band winner); Aug. 9, The Mallett Brothers Band and CuLLu (country/rock and reggae)

FORT ALLEN PARK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES, 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fort Allen Park bandstand, Eastern Promenade: Today, Randy Oxford Band (blues); July 19, Primo Cubano (classic Cuban music); July 26, Chandler’s Band (big band jazz and swing), Aug. 2, Local Circus (bluegrass/folk); Aug. 9, Jimmy & The Soul Cats (R&B); Aug. 16, Don Campbell (folk/rock); Aug. 23, Rock My Soul (gospel); Aug. 30, Royal Hammer (roots reggae)

CRUSHER’S KIDS CONCERTS IN THE PARK SERIES, 12:30 p.m. Thursdays, Deering Oak Park: Today, Sparks Ark (wild animals); July 19, Sammie Haynes (singer-songwriter); July 26, USM Chemistry Club (fun with science); Aug. 2, Scot Grassette (magician); Aug. 2, Jon Call (camp songs)

FRIDAY NOON CONCERT SERIES, Post Office Park: Friday, Brian Patricks; July 20, Stan Davis; July 27, David Good; Aug. 3, Heather Pierson; Aug. 10, Rick Colella (all singer-songwriters); Aug. 17, Pitch Black Ribbons (alternative Americana)

SUNSET FOLK SERIES, Wednesdays, Western Promenade Park: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Truth About Daisies; 7:45 p.m. July 18, Darien Brahms; 7:45 p.m. July 25, Brad Strause; 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1, Robby Simpson; 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8, Will Gattis (all folk)

There are also numerous free outdoor concerts happening in other Maine communities this summer. For information on shows happening this week, peruse our music listings beginning on Page E9. For shows beyond this week, view the websites or call the phone numbers of the organizations included with each listing, and check back each week in GO.

Happy listening!

Deputy Managing Editor Rod Harmon may be contacted at 791-6450 or at:

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