The worst thing about summer is that there’s just too much to do. I mean, come on — look at or your Facebook events feed. There’s something happening every day of the week. I know not everyone is like me and feels compelled to go to as many things as possible — I have a problem, I know. But sometimes you’re forced to make a choice: go canoeing up to camp or go to the fair. Go to the farmer’s market Saturday morning or go to the lobster boat races. Or worst of all: choose between any of the great concerts coming up across the state, crammed into the two warmest months of the year. I guess if that’s all I have to complain about, then I don’t really have much to complain about at all, do I?

State Theatre, Portland (

Monday, July 11, brings metalcore band Underoath to the State Theatre. After that, there’s a nearly two-week break in between shows — but then it’s nearly nonstop, starting with ska survivors Reel Big Fish and Streetlight Manifesto on July 24. Elvis Costello and the Imposters sold out their July 28 show at the State within 24 hours of tickets going on sale, so you’re out of luck there — but the next day, indie folk artist Beirut and Portland’s own Lady Lamb the Beekeeper will perform on July 29. Emmylou Harris and The Civil Wars are set for July 30, and the John Butler Trio will play on July 31.

August brings indie rockers Manchester Orchestra on Aug. 3, followed by two shows to make jam-band followers very happy: Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa on Aug. 4, and Grateful Dead hero Bob Weir on Aug. 6. Blues man Taj Mahal is set for Aug. 13, and legendary banjo troubadour Bela Fleck, with the Flecktones, of course, is set for Aug. 27. August wraps up with guitar superstar Buckethead on Aug. 28.

Port City Music Hall, Portland (

It’s an interesting mix of shows at Port City this summer, which is spending just as much time supporting local bands as it is bringing in touring acts with its “Two” Tuesday night series and Clash of the Titans cover-band face-off on Thursdays. Saturday, July 16 brings pop-punkers Rx Bandits, and July 23 brings the world fusion dubstep DJ MartyParty on July 23. Singer-songwriter Marc Broussard will perform on July 24, and roots rockers Barefoot Truth are set for July 29. Maine’s own rapper Spose will perform on Aug. 5, and acclaimed country folk songwriter Justin Townes Earle (son of Steve) will play on Aug. 23.

Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor (

If you didn’t already know what was going down at the Waterfront in Bangor, here’s the lineup, once again. Toby Keith will play this weekend, on Saturday, July 9, and two weeks after that, it’s Melissa Etheridge on July 23. Stone Temple Pilots will headline the annual Oxxfest on July 31. The J. Geils Band and Chris Robinson (from the Black Crowes) are set for Aug. 4, and the weekend after that, it’s the third annual KahBang Festival, which features the likes of My Morning Jacket, Lupe Fiasco, Chromeo, Atmosphere and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Close out August with Bob Dylan and Leon Russell on Aug. 20, BB King and Gregg Allman on Sept. 3, Theory of a Deadman and others on Sept. 4, and Lady Antebellum on Sept. 5.

Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield (

Way out in the woods of western Maine, you can check out blues artist Robert Cray on July 18. Singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter will play two shows on July 20 and 21, and bluegrass king Del McCoury will play on Aug. 3. John Hiatt is set for Aug. 11, followed by the legendary Richard Thompson on Aug. 30. Raul Malo of the Mavericks will kick off Labor Day weekend on Sept. 2.

Maine State Pier-Ocean Gateway, Portland (

KahBang promised a bunch of great shows on the Maine State Pier and at Ocean Gateway, both on the waterfront in Portland, and they delivered. July 17 brings G. Love and Special Sauce to the pier; rising star rapper Wiz Khalifa will be at Ocean Gateway on July 28. Guster and Ra Ra Riot will perform on the Maine State Pier on Aug. 6, and Port City Music Hall will present the super-powered blues rock of the Tedeschi Trucks Band on Aug. 19 at Ocean Gateway.

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Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.