The Maine Lobster Festival has announced the entertainment lineup for its 64th edition. It took some doing, but getting Uncle Kracker to headline the fest along with hot country rockers Emerson Drive promises lots of fun and feasting at Harbor Park.

Best known, perhaps, for being part of stage shows with Kid Rock and touring and writing with Kenny Chesney, Uncle Kracker also is well-known for his top 10 hits including “Follow Me” and “Drift Away.” Tickets for the Saturday, Aug. 6 show, which will start at 8 p.m., are $30 for seating directly in front of the stage and that includes festival admission.

“Uncle Kracker has the spirit of fun that should fit right in at the festival,” said entertainment director Chuck Kruger of Thomaston.

Emerson Drive is seeing big things happen for them this year. Breaking out in 2002 with top-5 hits “Waiting on Me” and “Last One Standing,” the band is out this year with the smash “Believe” produced by Josh Leo (of Jimmy Buffett’s band) and Teddy Gentry (Alabama). Tickets for the Friday, Aug. 5 show are $25 for seating directly in front of the stage, including festival admission.

The Thursday, Aug. 4 entertainment will feature one of the best Jimmy Buffett Tribute shows in the country, Changes in Latitudes. Festival secretary Laurie Smith said this promises to be a treat for true parrotheads and casual fans alike; beach attire is encouraged. There is no charge for this show beyond festival admission.

Other acts featured in this year’s festival, which runs Wednesday through Sunday, Aug. 3 through 7, include the legendary Maine band Devonsquare in a rare appearance, Portland-based Adam & The Waxmen, the Nat Hussey Band from Matinicus, The Gizmo Guys, Chaos Sauce, Steelin’ Thunder, Professor Paddywhack and Paddy Mills.  A complete schedule and advance ticket purchase can be found at For general information, call 596-0376.

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