CAMDEN — The Camden Opera House is pleased to welcome back Camden Summer Sounds, a free outdoor concert series sponsored this year by First National Bank and First National Wealth Management, the Town of Camden, and the opera house’s Community Arts Fund.

The music begins 4 p.m. every Sunday in August at the Camden Snow Bowl, 20 Barnestown Road. No tickets are needed, just bring lawn seating and a picnic (water will be sold on-site).

Camden Summer Sounds commences Sunday, Aug. 7, with a jazz concert. The Denny Breau Trio will open, followed by the Novel Jazz Septet. Presented in the spirit of Jazz in June, the first Camden Summer Sounds will fill the open air with Maine-made jazz.

The musicians of Novel Jazz have been performing straight-ahead jazz around Maine and New England for more than three decades. They draw from the Great American Songbook and specialize in the works of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. The band members hail from all over Maine — Belfast, Buxton, Chebeague Island, Gardiner, Newcastle, Vassalboro and Westbrook.

The Denny Breau Trio offers a wide variety of music styles, mixing genres with ease including folk, country, Delta blues and jazz. Breau is a consummate picker, evocative songwriter and fine singer.

Camden Summer Sounds began as a socially-distanced experiment in the summer of 2020 and has grown to a full month of free-admission, seat-yourself outdoor concerts at the Snow Bowl. Rain location, if forecast warrants it, will be the downtown Camden Opera House; that decision will be made by 5 p.m. the day before and announced on social media and camdenoperahouse.com. The series continues with blues Aug. 14, country/bluegrass Aug. 21 and folk Aug. 28. Details are on the website.

Denny Breau