Two American music legends – rock-soul-funk band Tower of Power and balladeer Don McLean — will perform this year during the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland.

The dynamic band Tower of Power will take the main stage Friday, July 31. Tower of Power blends rock, soul, jazz and funk music in a unique way that is sure to get you on your feet. The band features a rhythm and horns section like no other. This group of “urban soul musicians” has been performing together and wowing crowds since 1968.

In the last 47 years, Tower of Power hasn’t stopped touring or recording its music. Every year they tour the United States, Europe and Japan, selling out shows worldwide. The Tower of Power horns section has performed with many other famous artists, including Elton John and Santana, proving their diverse talent. Tower of Power’s dedicated fans follow their performances year after year. If you’ll be at the lobster festival this year, this show is a must-see event.

Don McLean will perform on Saturday, Aug. 1. Since hitting the charts in 1971 with “American Pie,” McLean has earned more than 40 gold and platinum records worldwide and was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2004. He is taking a break from a European tour to perform in Maine.

While McLean has other songs such as “Vincent” and “Crying,” he is best known for “American Pie,” which is considered an important piece of American cultural history. He describes the song as a “morality song that charts the decline of the USA and its loss of innocence.”

Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for Friday and Saturday shows are $25. You may purchase tickets online for Tower of Power ( and Don McLean (, or at the Main Gate to the Festival grounds, right by the Time Out Pub on Rockland’s Main Street. Make sure you buy your tickets early. Tickets may be picked up at the Main Gate during festival hours.

Individual seats within the Main Stage area are not assigned and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Festival-goers may also enjoy the shows without seats from farther away.

The Maine Lobster Festival takes place this year on July 29 through August 2. Don’t miss your opportunity to enjoy fresh lobster along with some great music.