Musical Artists Join L.L.Bean for Our Hometown Celebration

L.L.Bean’s  Hometown Celebration is just one week away, and we’re looking forward to free outdoor concerts and entertainment with Chris Isaak, Jo Dee Messina and Dan Zanes. Chris Isaak, who is headlining the celebration with a July 7th concert, will showcase his unique musical style, inspired by musical legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.



Isaak’s latest record, “Beyond the Sun,” is a tribute to the greats mentioned above, each of who got his start at Memphis’s Sun Studio. If you’re looking for a little country and a little rock and roll, check out Isaak’s music videos here.


Isaak will perform 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, July 7th, on our Discovery Stage on the L.L.Bean Freeport, Maine, campus. The concert is free, so bring your family – and be sure to stay for our firework spectacular, beginning at 9 p.m.!


Sun Studio, Memphis, TN, Photo: Paparutzi, Flickr


We’re also excited to welcome Jo Dee Messina and Dan Zanes.


Performing at L.L.Bean's Hometown Celebration: Jo Dee Messina and Dan Zanes


Jo Dee Messina is a Massachusetts-born country crooner who has sold more than five million albums. She’s had nine #1 singles and has received two Grammy nominations, along with many other awards.


Watch one of her hits, “Bye-Bye” below.



Messina will be taking the stage in Discovery Park on Wednesday, July 4th, at 7:30.


Dan Zanes takes the stage on Saturday, July 7th. Zanes, a family-friendly artist, is on a mission to show everybody that they can play together. Just watch his video, “House Party Time.”



We’re excited to celebrate L.L.Bean with these special artists. Which show will you be attending?

  1. UrbanHiker | July 8, 2012 | 10:11 am

    I read with interest the Press Herald story about how Bean’s “celebration” frightened nearby farm animals with fireworks even though the owner tried to acclimate the animals to noise and light for a week before the show. If that couldn’t be accomplished with domesticated animals, think of how the wildlife around Freeport (including the ospreys that nest at Wolfe Neck) reacted. Considering LL Bean’s alleged “environmental commitment” I think the entire organization should be ashamed of itself.

    As someone who endured 10 years of City of Portland fireworks and now has to suffer through monthly displays of egotistical stupidity by the Sea Dogs, I want to point out that *explosions are not natural* and animals and humans are right to be frightened of them. They are made with and spread toxic chemicals, the noise can cause tinnitis and deafness, and research into the effect of concussion shocks (explosions) on the brain in soldiers is ongoing.

    Worse, people who live near businesses who decide to “celebrate” with fireworks displays have no choice in the matter. I understand the farm owner mentioned above petitioned LL Bean with signatures from 215 RESIDENTS to limit the display, which LL Bean decided to ignore for its own aggrandizement. That pegs the “commitment” that LL Bean has to the environment and to the health and welfare of its surroundings and its customers.

    Based on this news item I am considering canceling a pending online order, and finding another go-to merchant for clothes and outdoor items.

    • Nathaniel | L.L.Bean | July 9, 2012 | 1:36 pm

      Hi UrbanHiker,

      Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We welcome the opportunity to discuss this issue with you. Please email your name and phone number to

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