Tuesday June 26, 2012 | 08:39 AM

Portlanders love their free music. Especially the outdoor kind.

One of the most popular summer series, the Alive at Five concerts, will start attracting crowds on July 12 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The Thursday night music event runs through Aug. 9 at Monument Square. And don't forget that Sebago Brewing makes the experience that much more enjoyable with a beer garden.

Here's this summer's schedule:

July 12: Phantom Buffalo (indie rock) and Dilly Dilly (folk rock)
July 19: Spencer Albee (pop rock), Zach Jones (R&B) and Lady Zen (soul)
July 26: McCarthys (alt country) and Amy Allen (singer-songwriter)
Aug. 2: March Forth (New Orleans marching band), Anna and the Diggs (Americana) and Veayo Twins (MAMM Slam high school band winners)
Aug. 9: The Mallet Brothers (country rock) and CuLLu (reggae)

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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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