Bay Chamber Concerts will present a classic Motown concert Sunday night, July 3 at Camden Harbor Park, Atlantic Avenue. Junior Walker & The All-Stars will provide the soundtrack for a free Independence Weekend celebration complete with fireworks.

For the second year in a row, Bay Chamber Concerts is collaborating with the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce and Camden Rotary to offer a free concert in Camden Harbor Park as part of the annual Festival of Independence celebration. The Dancing in the Street concert will begin 8:30 p.m.; during the intermission, there will be a fireworks display over (and under) Camden Harbor.

In early 1965, Junior Walker & The All-Stars recorded “Shotgun” for Motown Records. “Shotgun” was written by Walker, produced by Berry Gordy and featured The Funk Brothers’ James Jamerson on bass. The band had a string of party hits that included “Do the Boomerang,” “Shake and Fingerpop” and, in 1965, “How Sweet it is (to Be Loved by You).” While frontman Walker is no longer alive, his band carries on his name and his legacy.

Weekend-long activities are planned as well as hot dogs and other delicious foods for sale in the park. For a full schedule of activities, visit for a full schedule of activities.

The fireworks are made possible by the fundraising efforts of the chamber. The Dancing in the Street underwriter is Down East Magazine with associate underwriter the Samoset Resort and media sponsor VillageSoup.

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