Kennebunkport is so fun in summer time, with festivals, happy hours, live music and entertainment on every corner. On any easy breezy night, you will hear a band playing at the Pilot House, sharing a mic at Kport Inn’s Local Dish, ensembles at The Nonantum’s 95 Ocean, or music at Old Vines Wine Bar and the Colony’s Marine Room.
One of the best venues for live acts is Vinegar Hill Music Theatre – a classic Maine music venue in the old Arundel Barn Playhouse. The name Vinegar Hill pays tribute to the history of this area in Arundel and the Smith Sister’s Farm. This revamped barn is a jazzier vision (pardon the music pun) of the historic barn that hosted summer plays for decades.
Have cocktails outside the barn before being ushered in to this unique Maine stage for a night of live intimate music, from rock to pop, jazz and blues, funk to punk, fiddles to one-hit-wonders from the 70s and 80s. Ticket are typically $50 a pop, most performances start at 8pm, giving patrons time to dine pre-concert at a favorite Kennebunkport restaurant, a drink at Old Vines Wine Bar, or grab a bite in downtown Kennebunk.
Here is Vinegar Hills playlist for the 2017 summer of performances:
June 17 & 18 The Four C Notes
June 24 Comedian Juston McKinney
June 30 Rustic Overtones w/ Maine Youth Rock Orchestra
July 7 Livingston Taylor
July 8 The BAND Band
July 1 Center for Grieving Children’s Summer Night Soiree
July 13 Comedian/Actor Robert Klein
July 14 Linda Eder
July 20 Jim Messina in Concert
July 28 Jay Bragg
July 29 Suzanne Vega
August 3 Roomful of Blues
August 5 & 6 Ronan Tynan in Concert
Augsut 1 Well-Strung
August 12 Brendan James
August 19 My Sinatra with Cary Hoffman
August 25 Classic Rock Orchestra
August 26 The Best of the Second City
Sept 1 Live Bullet – New England’s Perfect Tribute to Bob Seger
Sept 3 Larry Gatlin Solo
Sept 16 John Waite – The 40th Anniversary Tour
Sept 22 Scarab: The Journey Experience
Oct 6 Doo Wop Project
Oct 7 Ellis Paul & Sophie B. Hawkins
Oct 13 One Night in Memphis – Elvis Tribute
Oct 14 Season Closer: The Platters
If you long for summer theater in the traditional sense, then MaineStage continues to perform Shakespeare in the park throughout the summer, in Kennebunkport and Kennebunk, and Ogunquit Playhouse carries on its classic off-Broadway summer theatre as it has since 1933.
For late night music in Kennebunkport and Kennebunk, bands play at Pedro’s and the rougher biker bar Bentley’s in Arundel.
Make a weekend of it, come for a Kennebunkport concert and stay Seaside on the beach in Kennebunk, by the river at Nonantum Resort, Breakwater Inn & Spa, or The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel, or book a romantic room at the Captain Lord Mansion. See you in Maine this summer!
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