L.L. Bean Concert Series 2017

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    Tips for Attending a Free Summer Concert at L.L. Bean in Freeport, Maine

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    ••• Discovery Park at the L.L. Bean flagship store in Freeport, Maine, is transformed into an outdoor amphitheater on select concert evenings each summer. If you're vacationing in Maine, catch one of these free concerts if you can. © 2008 Kim Knox Beckius

    Maine retailer L.L. Bean has a well-earned reputation for exceeding expectations, and the free L.L. Bean Summer Concert Series at the company's flagship store in Freeport, Maine, is no exception. Not only does L.L. Bean attract top talent for this series of evening concerts in Discovery Park, it puts on a good show when it comes to everything from accommodating large crowds to moving traffic out of parking lots at the end of the concert.

    I was particularly impressed to see a sign language interpreter for the hearing impaired at the two concerts my family and I attended in 2008. In 2015, when we saw Andy Grammer, the crowd was immense, but his performance still felt so intimate. My daughter even had the chance to give Andy a "high five" as he was taking the stage!

    Here are my tips for attending a concert, along with the L.L. Bean Summer Concert schedule for 2017.

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  • 02 of 04

    L.L. Bean Summer Concert Tips

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    ••• Daryl Hall, the blue-eyed soul singer best known for the Hall & Oates hits of the '80s, played to an appreciative audience at the L.L. Bean Summer Concert Series in 2008. © 2008 Kim Knox Beckius

    Want to make the most of your L.L. Bean Summer Concert Series experience? Here are 10 tips for attending a concert based on our visit to Freeport over the 4th of July holiday weekend in 2008, when we saw memorable shows by Toby Lightman and Daryl Hall, and our Labor Day weekend trip in 2015 to see Andy Grammer.

    1. Discovery Park, where the L.L. Bean Summer Concert Series is held, is located adjacent to the L.L. Bean flagship store at 95 Main Street in Freeport, Maine.

    2. If you're in Freeport early on the day of a concert—or even the night before—you can stake out your spot in front of the stage ahead of time starting at midnight. Don't worry: It's Maine. Nobody will bother your blanket or chairs. Just to be safe, we took old fold-up chairs with us to L.L. Bean, but we were really glad that Kevin Gove, who has done PR work for Maine attractions and lodging properties, clued us in to the fact that many folks claim their space hours before the concert is scheduled to begin. For...MORE the Andy Grammer show, we got one of the last ideal spots available at 4 a.m. on the day of the show.

    3. Pack a cooler or picnic basket with refreshments. Although there are likely to be vendors on site, and there is a café inside the main L.L. Bean store that sells beverages and treats, it can be a bit tricky to navigate through the crowd to get outside the lawn area in front of the stage once the show begins.

    4. Should you require restroom facilities during the concert, you'll find substantially shorter lines at the ladies' and men's rooms inside the neighboring L.L. Bean Home Store than inside the main flagship store. In both stores, restrooms are located on the second floor.

    5. Bring a sweatshirt. It can be chilly in Maine after dark, even in the summertime. If you forget—the good news is that you can readily purchase a sweatshirt or fleece inside the L.L. Bean flagship store, as we did for my husband one night. He was actually happy to have an excuse to purchase an L.L. Bean logo-emblazoned souvenir.

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    More Tips for Attending Summer Concerts at L.L. Bean

    Andy Grammar
    ••• Sit to the right of the stage, and you may have the chance to interact with performers like Andy Grammer, who generously signed autographs and posed for selfies, as he walked from the L.L. Bean flagship store toward the Discovery Park stage. © 2015 Kim Knox Beckius

    6. L.L. Bean's summer concerts are definitely family-friendly: My five-year-old had a blast dancing and clapping along when Daryl Hall played Private Eyes! Just bring a few activities along to keep kids amused before the concert if you plan to arrive early. When pop stars like Andy Grammer are on the schedule, the concerts are teen-friendly, too. High-fiving Andy Grammer was the best thing that happened to my 13-year-old all summer!

    7. Arriving late doesn't mean you won't enjoy the show. You may have to stand, however, or even walk around during the concert, as security makes sure exit paths are not blocked.

    8. We were so impressed by how quickly we were able to exit the parking lot following each concert. L.L. Bean staffers do an excellent job of moving cars out following the show.

    9. Want to stay overnight at a hotel nearby? The Harraseeket Inn and the Hilton Garden Inn Freeport Downtown are  both within walking distance of L.L. Bean's Discovery Park. We stayed a bit...MORE farther down Route 1 at the Comfort Suites Freeport (now Quality Suites), and while the room was large and the rate was great, the indoor pool was cold and the beds were uncomfortably firm.

    10. L.L. Bean Summer Concert Series shows may be canceled in the event of inclement weather. For the latest schedule updates, call toll free, 877-755-2326.

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    L.L. Bean 2017 Summer Concert Schedule

    LL Bean Summer Concert Series Andy Grammer
    ••• You're truly in for an unforgettable evening of free music at the L.L. Bean Concert Series. It's nothing less than you'd expect from the Maine company, which has guaranteed customers' satisfaction for more than 95 years. © 2015 Kim Knox Beckius

    L.L. Bean Concerts 2017 Summer Schedule

    Note: There will be fireworks on the 4th of July at 9 p.m.

    Tuesday, July 4, 7:30 p.m.
    Matt Andersen

    Saturday, July 8, 7:30 p.m.
    Langhorne Slim & The Law

    Saturday, July 22, 4-9 p.m.
    Bluegrass Festival featuring O'Connor Band

    Saturday, July 29, 7:30 p.m.
    Mayer Hawthorne

    Saturday, August 5, 7:30 p.m.
    Sara Evans

    Saturday, August 19, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Kids' Get Out + Play Day featuring activities for kids of all ages.

    Saturday, September 2, 7:30 p.m.
    Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers

    More 2017 Summer Events in L.L. Bean's Discovery Park including Dog Days of August with DockDogs