FREEPORT — Jo Dee Messina has staying power as an American country music artist.

Voted Top New Female Vocalist in 1998 by the Academy of Country Music Awards and Horizon Award winner in 1999 by the Country Music Asosciation, she has produced gold-certified albums and No. 1 Billboard Chart singles — and earned two Grammy nominations. 

On Wednesday, July 4, she will take the stage in Discovery Park at a free concert that is part of L.L.Bean’s 100th Anniversary Hometown Celebration.

The four-day celebration, scheduled July 4-7, will also feature American rock musician Chris Isaak, whose best-known song is “Wicked Game,” at a free concert; and Olympic gold medalist Seth Wescott at outdoor games.

There will also be family-friendly outdoor activities, the 35th annual L.L.Bean 10K road race and a concluding fireworks display.

Schedule of events

Wednesday, July 4: 35th annual L.L.Bean 10K road race and Freeport fun run/walk; Fourth of July parade and concert by Jo Dee Messina

Thursday, July 5: Free Outdoor Discovery School demonstrations, including kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding; visits from retired Red Sox player Rico Petrocelli, Wally the Green Monster and the World Series trophies; and samplings of Muddy Bean Boots ice cream, a flavor created by Gifford’s in celebration of Bean’s centennial

Friday, July 6: Outdoor games with Wescott and visits from notable Maine authors; a farmers’ market with kid-friendly arts and crafts; and free concerts by regional artists

Saturday, July 7: An all-day street festival with local crafts, food and live entertainment; free outdoor concert by Isaak; and fireworks display

For more details, call 1-877-755-2326 or visit www.llbean.com/events.



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