Music-by-the-Sea, all day long

Jun 24, 2014
Toni Lindgren is the pickin’ and singin’ frontwoman of Reina del Cid.

Camden — This year’s Music-by-the-Sea Concert, sponsored by Camden Rotary Club, will bring four bands to Camden Harbor Park and Amphitheatre Friday, July 4, a big part of the Midcoast Festival of Independence. NOTE: DUE TO WEATHER FORECAST, CONCERTS WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE ROCKPORT OPERA HOUSE; SEE LINK BELOW.

There will be plenty of excitement downtown before the music begins, as antique cars will parade along Main Street and arrive on Atlantic Avenue sometime between 1 to 1:30 p.m. The music will run from 2 to 9 p.m., after which Camden’s annual fireworks display will take place over the harbor. NOTE: THE FIREWORKS ARE CANCELED FOR THIS YEAR, due to expected storms July 4 and choppy seas July 5.

Starting things off from 2 to 3:15 p.m. will be The Muellers, a Maine-based family bluegrass band who has put in a lot of mileage bringing a high-energy blend of traditional and original bluegrass to audiences across the country.  The band, which includes the former music director of Camden Congregational Church, offers electrifying performances, twin- and triple-fiddling, unusual arrangements and musical maturity.

It’s not the Fourth of July without the Midcoast Community Band, who will make the holiday official from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. The Midcoast Community Band has been one of Maine’s top community bands for more than two decades.  Led by director Jo Anne Parker, it offers the best from America’s famous composers of marches, show tunes and popular music.

The Music-by-the-Sea performer new to Midcoast audiences will be the Minneapolis-based Reina del Cid, playing from 5 to 6:15 p.m. The folk/rock band’s secret weapon is female flat picker Toni Lindgren, who combines Tony Rice-inspired bluegrass licks with a Hendrix-infused rock sensibility. The band is fresh off well-received appearances at CMJ (New York), Summerfest (Milwaukee) and Underground Music Showcase (Denver).

The veterans take over for the 7:45 to 9 p.m. pre-fireworks set. Headliner David Dodson and the Lowdown, featuring John and Rachel Nicholas, promise to entertain, enlighten and get the good vibes going for the much-anticipated fireworks show. Dodson has shared the stage with K.D. Lang, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Gordon Bok, The Persuasions, Marcia Ball, Sha Na Na, Chicago and the Flying Burrito Brothers. He plays a mean guitar, tells a good story, sings like a bird and, yes, he’s got rhythm — who could ask for anything more?

An Independence Day tradition since the late 1980s, this free public concert is organized by the Rotary and supported by Rotary members, local businesses and individuals. The Club’s goal is to raise $25,000 from concert sponsorships for its Youth Are the Future Program, a major new effort to support the development and education of youth in the Knox County and Lincolnville area. For more information about Music by the Sea, visit

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

David Dodson and The Lowdown features, from left, Mike Nickerson, David Dodson and John and Rachel Nicholas.
The Muellers
Midcoast Community Band
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