LEWISTON/AUBURN – On Sunday, July 4, the eighth annual Liberty Festival will offer music in many styles, kids’ activities and, of course, the popular fireworks bursting over the Great Falls at 9:30 p.m.

The three main stage areas that will surround the Lewiston-Auburn riverfront will be: the Veterans Park stage in Lewiston, Nick’s Café in Auburn near the Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn and the Riverfront Blues Fest also in Auburn.

This will allow spectators to enjoy events on both sides of the Androscoggin.

The entertainment start times are: noon for the Riverfront Blues Fest, 5:30 p.m. for the Veterans Park patriotic tribute and 6:30 for the main stage at Veterans Park.

The festival also will feature food vendors, children’s activities and face painting.

Besides the 5:30 p.m. patriotic tribute, the Veterans Park stage will feature the following performances:

• 6 to 7:15 p.m., Gypsy, a good old rock ‘n’ roll time

• 7:30 to 8 p.m., the Liberty Festival Dancers

• 8:15 to 9:30 p.m., the Mike Willette Swing Band

Times for the Riverfront Blues Fest’s performers on the outside stage follow:

• Noon to 1:30 p.m., the Roy Hudson Band

• 2 to 3:30 p.m., Kevin Kimball and the Steel Drivers

• 4 to 5:30 p.m., Pat Pepin

• 6 to 7:30 p.m., Pam Baker

• 8 to 9:30 p.m., the Blues Punks

Nicks Café will be a mix of musical performers presented by local entertainer Nick Knowlton.

Indoors, the Backlash will be performing from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the Midnight Blues Club. The Usual will be playing from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in this club’s Cellar Door.

The festival’s Web site is www.libertyfestival.org.

If there is a cancellation due to rain, the Independence Day Committee will notify local radio and television stations the day of the event.


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