The Juke Rockets will return to the Camden Amphitheatre with their high-energy blues and rock ‘n’ roll Thursday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. for a free evening concert and dance-along.

Winners of the Maine Blues Society’s Road to Memphis competition several years running, the Juke Rockets represented Maine in the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Competition in Memphis Tennessee in 2013 and 2014 and will return in 2016; they also were awarded the 2014 People’s Choice Award in Waldo County. In 2015, the band released its first CD of original tunes, “Hungry Soul.”

The Juke Rockets feature powerhouse lead vocalist Carlene Thornton fronting a tight unit driven by a gotta-dance rhythm section with Steve Mellor on bass and Tim Woitowitz on drums, while newest member and bluesman extraordinaire Ron Casillo contributes the tastiest of guitar licks. The band is a mainstay of the North Atlantic Blues Festival’s club crawl and commands an enthusiastic following throughout central and eastern Maine and beyond.

Concertgoers should bring blankets or lawn chairs for comfortable seating (and dancing shoes). The concert is free, although the proverbial hat will be passed.

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