The 63rd annual Maine Lobster Festival runs Wednesday through Sunday, Aug. 4 through 8 in Harbor Park and, as usual, its offerings include plenty of entertainments in a variety of genres. Everyone has been buzzing about Clint Black’s concert Saturday night, of course; he is indeed a pretty big name to come to Midcoast Maine. But between the main Fishermen’s Memorial stage and the North Entertainment Tent, there is music to suit everyone’s taste.

Main stage concerts

On Wednesday, local band Bay Winds will perform at 3 p.m. On Thursday, two of Maine’s favorite bands will liven the evening. The main stage will play host to up-and-coming Portland band Adam & The Waxman at 5:30 p.m. and over-the-top funk stars Motor Booty Affair at 8 p.m. There is no extra charge for seating, but who can sit with this lineup?

Southside Johnny, grandfather of the New Jersey Sound, & The Asbury Jukes will perform Friday on the Fishermen’s Memorial stage in Harbor Park. The music will start 7:30 p.m. and the evening’s special guest is the Jessica Pouty Band. Reserved seating section tickets are $20, which includes festival admission.

Clint Black, country music’s 10-time platinum-selling artist, will perform Saturday. The music will start 8 p.m. and the evening’s special guest is the Kelly Parker Band. Reserved seating section tickets are $35, which includes festival admission.

On Sunday afternoon, the main stage will host a homey mix to wrap up the festival. At 1 p.m., the venerable Wicked Good Band will put Maine humor to music. At 2:30 p.m., Camden’s Windjammer Chorus will make the park ring with barbershop harmonies. At 3:30 p.m., Rockland rocker Robby Coffin will make a triumphant return to the city with his combo in tow.

Under the tent

Meanwhile, music also takes place all festival long in the North Entertainment tent, out on the middle pier. On Wednesday, local battle-of-the-bands Trekkapalloza will rune with performances by 2009 winner Tastes Like Chicken from 5 to 8 p.m.; and 2010’s winner Chaos Sauce from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Scheduled for Thursday are Celtic favorites Castlebay from 1 to 4 p.m. and the Nat Hussey Band, led by Matinicus lobsterman and sustainability advocate/songwriter Nat Hussey, from 6 to 9 p.m. On Friday, the acoustic trio Mustard’s Retreat will play from 1:15 to 3:30 p.m., followed by female barbershoppers Harborside Harmony from 4 to 5 p.m. and the dance-inducing RetroRockerz from 6 to 10 p.m. On Saturday, local steel drum band Steelin’ Thunder will play at 12:30 p.m., followed at 1:40 p.m. by Mustard’s Retreat and alt rockers the Mallett Bros. Band at 4:15 p.m.

Admission et al

Festival admission is $8 for adults Thursday through Sunday. Tickets for seats for the Southside Johnny show are $20 and include festival admission; Clint Black seats are $35 and also include festival admission. Tickets are available online at, where you can also find a complete schedule of events, or by calling 596-0376.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to