Thursday July 12, 2012 | 09:48 AM

Most late afternoons in Monument Square the most prominent sounds come from the steady stream of traffic, or maybe from the street preachers warning passersby that their wicked ways have them hurtling toward hell at lightning speed. (Meanwhile, people are picking up their pace to avoid both the cars and the religious propaganda.)

Folks who make a post-work visit to Monument Square today will find a different scene. Very different.

Alive at Five returns for its 2012 version from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with free music, big crowds, a beer garden from Sebago Brewing and, with a little luck, perfect summer weather.

Kicking off the series are indie rockers Phantom Buffalo, along with the eclectic folk-pop sounds of dilly dilly.

The rest of the schedule includes:

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) and Anna and the Diggs (Americana), Veayo Twins (MAMM Slam winners); Aug. 9: The Mallett Brothers (country rock) and CuLLu (reggae).

Sounds like the street preachers may want to find another place to spread there message for the next five Thursdays.


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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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