Calendar of Events in Camden

"Hal McIntyre Orchestra" at the Camden Opera House

hal-mcintyre-orchestraEvent date/time:  May 14, 2017 at 3:00 PM

The Hal McIntyre Orchestra returns for Mother's Day 2017! This year they will perform a tribute To Frank Sinatra. The iconic songs and jazzy vocals of "Ol' Blue Eyes such songs as "Luck Be a Lady Tonight," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Fly Me to the Moon" and many other timeless tunes will be featured. You wanted them back and we got them!!

A founding member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra as well as the leader of his own big band, alto saxophonist and clarinetist Hal McIntyre was born November 29, 1914, in Cromwell, Connecticut. By his late teens he was already the veteran of a series of groups and formed his own eight-piece band in 1935, later landing his big break when offered a temporary gig playing alto behind Benny Goodman. The Goodman stint lasted just ten days, but it brought McIntyre to the attention of Miller, and in 1937 he joined the first incarnation of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, remaining with the group for four years. At that point Miller urged McIntyre to form his own band, even offering financial support; billed as "The Band That America Loves," the McIntyre Orchestra debuted at the Glen Island Casino in New Rochelle, New York, in 1941. Featuring vocalists Gloria Van, Ruth Gaylor, and Al Nobel, as well as bassist Eddie Safranski and tenor saxophonist Allen Eager, the band went on to headline venues including New York's Commodore Hotel, Hollywood's Palladium Ballroom, and Chicago's Sherman Hotel. During the war years the group regularly played overseas for U.S. troops as well. McIntyre continued leading the orchestra well into the 1950s (including an appearance backing the Mills Brothers on their 1952 chart-topper "Glow Worm") before its ranks finally splintered; he died in a house fire at his home in Los Angeles on May 5, 1959. The band is currently directed by long-time drummer Don Pendleton, and they recreate the sounds of the golden era of big band for audiences nationwide.

Reserved seating tickets: $28 and $12 for children available here, (207)536-5850 or Camden Town Office M-F 9AM-3PM no fee walk-up.

Location Address: Camden Opera House

Contact Website: www.camdenoperahouse.com

North Atlantic Blues Festival

Event date/time: July 15 & July 16, 2017 from 11am - 7pmblues fest

The North Atlantic Blues Festival is an annual two-day blues music festival featuring national blues performers and considered one of the most prestigious on the East Coast. The festival is held at the Public Landing in Rockland, Maine, overlooking the picturesque Rockland Harbor. Some of the top names in blues music have been featured at this prestigious East Coast festival. In addition to all day live entertainment, the festival has vendors selling a wide array of food, drinks and crafts.  Saturday evening Main Street is closed to traffic for the NABF Club Crawl. Attendees of legal age, wearing their wristband from the festival are allowed free admission to the many bars and restaurants featuring many of the top regional blues performers. There are also bands performing on Main Street for all ages at no charge.

Location Address: Public Landing, Rockland, ME

Contact Website: www.northatlanticbluesfestival.com

 

70th Annual Maine Lobster Festival

Event date/time:  August 2 -6, 2017Maine-Lobster-Festival-2

The Maine Lobster Festival is five days of fun and feasting on the fabulous coast of Maine. The Festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors to Rockland, Maine each year with the promise of fresh, local lobster dinners, nationally renowned entertainers, cooking contests, carnival rides,  Five days of fun and feasting on the Maine Coast.

Location Address: Harbor Park, Rockland, ME

Contact Website: www.mainelobsterfestival.com

 

 

 

Camden Windjammer Festival

Event date/time: September 1-3, 2017

Celebrate Camden’s maritime heritage and living traditions at the annual Camden Windjammer Festival. From the great age of sail when coasting schooners were launched in the harbor, through the birth of the windjammer business in the 1930s, to today’s windjammer fleet and elegant yachts, sailing ships have always defined our lovely, vibrant community.

On Friday, watch the magnificent schooners as they maneuver into the harbor, bid on dinners aboard one of the fleet, and then watch a talent show by schooner crews in Harbor Park followed by fireworks over the harbor. The fun continues all weekend with a lobster crate race, a Build-A-Boat contest, fish relay race, nautical skills, displays of maritime activities and history, Chowder Challenge, tours of the windjammers and fun for all.

See the full schedule of events here.

Location Address: downtown Camden, ME

Contact Website: www.camdenwindjammerfestival.org