The Camden Rotary Club will bring three well-known Maine bands to Camden Thursday, July 4, for this year’s Music by the Sea, beginning at noon in Camden Harbor Park and Amphitheatre, Atlantic Avenue. An Independence Day tradition for many years, the free public concert is organized by the Camden Rotary Club and supported by Rotary members, local businesses and individuals.

This year’s lineup offers the Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra at noon on the Harbor Park stage; New Relm at 1:30 p.m. on the Harbor Park stage; and the Bath Municipal Band at 3 p.m. in the Camden Amphitheatre. Admission is free, but food will be sold and donations accepted. Camden Rotary Club’s goal is to raise $20,000 from the concert to contribute to local 501c3 charitable organizations.

Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra — MoJO — is a community jazz band coordinated by Ray Faria of Friendship and directed by Doug Kennedy of Rockland. MoJO specializes in the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Jaco Pastorius, Terry White, Quincy Jones, Frank Sinatra and Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band. Its musicians come from all over Midcoast Maine.

New Relm is what happens when modern country and bluegrass collide. The central Maine band performs a diverse, dynamic blend of music, vocal styles and instrumentation,. The toe-tapping, danceable, high energy, four-piece band features lead vocalist Elise Sproul playing guitar, banjo, dobro, fiddle or bass; lead vocalist Harold Olmstead on guitar, harmonica or fiddle; and bassist and guitarist Rod Moore; and drummer Mike Heath, both of whom also sing. New Relm is known for tight harmonies and humorous, animated antics.

There has been a musical band in Bath for more than 90 years. Starting as an adjunct of the local Masonic Temple, the Bath Municipal Band was known for decades as the Dunlap Commandery Band which, under the direction of Cecil V. Rowland, later became known as the Bath Elks Band. In 1961, that group was reincarnated as the Bath Municipal Band under the direction of James E. Footer with Cecil Rowland as assistant director. Its varied repertory always offers march selections by John Phillip Sousa or Maine’s own R.B. Hall and goes on from there to include Broadway show tunes, classical works and light jazz.

Music by the Sea is part of the greater Midcoast's Festival of Independence organized by the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, Bay Chamber Concerts, Camden Public Library and the Camden Rotary Club. To be a sponsor, contact Glenn Buckingham at 230-7200; or Bruce Cole at 236-6196, bcole@mcnabbmarketing.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.