Friday May 25, 2012 | 06:56 AM

Outdoor music is what summer's all about.

Well, OK, outdoor music - and outdoor drinking.

Fortunately, there's plenty of places to hear local tunes - and some from away - and get your drink on at the same time. Take Portland Lobster Company. It's THE spot in the city to get great seafood, soak up the sun, listen to performers like Eric Bettencourt and the Ryan Haliburton Trio, and indulge in a few beverages. FYI, Mitch Alden's tabbed for a noon gig for your Memorial Day Monday.

PLC's summer music schedule has already started (check the website to see who's playing when) and there are many more outdoor venues where you can get some tunes with your brews. Check out our List of great options.

Those looking for some bigger concerts should take a peak at the recent GO story listing the L.L. Bean concert series and some of the highlights from Bangor and Scarborough Downs.

And those looking for freebies need to look no farther than Portland's eastern and western proms when the heat of summer really hits. The schedules for both the Sunset Folk Series, starting on JUly 11, and the Friends of the Eastern Promenade Concert Series, starting July 12, have been announced. Check out both on the City of Portland's website.

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Shannon Bryan, content producer for MaineToday Media, likes exploring Maine - from mattress races to cardboard boats, she's into the weird stuff.

Karen Beaudoin, online editor for MaineToday Media, likes knowing the important things - like who's just opened their deck for a sunny afternoon beer and what Portland's eclectic set of street performers are up to.

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