The 65th annual Maine Lobster Festival, five days of fun and feasting on the coast of Maine, will run Wednesday through Sunday, Aug. 1 through 5 at Harbor Park. In addition to entertainment throughout the days, there will be headliner concerts Thursday through Saturday nights.

The Thursday concert will feature folk and Americana stalwart Jonathan Edwards, who will likely perform barefoot and will likely toss in his gold-record hit “Sunshine.” Maine’s own Don Campbell Band will open the evening at 7:30 p.m.

Friday night will feature rising country star Randy Houser, fresh on the wings of “How Country Feels,” his hot single on the charts. Houser pens hits for artists including Trace Adkins and Justin Moore; as a seasoned entertainer with a great voice, he is known for passion and energy on the stage. Opening at 7:30 p.m. will be young Maine artist Amy Allen, who recently competed on “The Voice.” Tickets for stage-area seating at Hauser’s concert are $25, which includes fest admission.

The big Saturday night concert will be 38 Special who, some may recall, were all set to play back in 2004 when a family death took them off the festival stage. The band’s signature blast of Southern rock, ferried via many a gold and platinum album, promises to serve as a powerhouse headline act for the festival. Maine’s own Mallett Brothers Band, a hybrid of rock and home-grown Americana, will open the show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for stage-area seating are $30, which includes fest admission.

Concert seating tickets are available through; by phone at 1-800-LOB-CLAW (service charge may apply); and at the offices of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce at 2 Park Drive in Rockland or the public landing in Camden.

Daytime entertainment in the Entertainment Tent, on the main stage and even in the Eating Tent run the gamut from local jazz to Portland alternative rock. Performers include the Pete Kilpatrick Band, Half Moon Jug Band, humorist John McDonald, Boston’s Big ‘ole Dirty Bucket, locals Freeze Frame and more; for the complete festival schedule, visit

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