2 Incomparable Rockland Music & Stand-Up Venues

Once upon a time called "Catawamteak," meaning "great landing place," by Abenaki Indians, Rockland is a popular tourist destination in Knox County on the coast of Maine. While the city is famous for its shores that are lined with hundreds of inlets and harbors and its waters that are wonderful for sailing and boating, visitors don't have to spend all of their time in the area outdoors. As it is the commercial hub of the midcoast Maine region, the city is home to many one-of-a-kind shops, boutiques, art galleries, museums and dining establishments. There are also Rockland music and stand-up venues you can check out while checked in a Rockland bed and breakfast. Here are two of such places where you can watch a concert or a comedy performance.

Strand Theatre
345 Main Street
Rockland, Maine 04841
(207) 594-0070‎
www.rocklandstrand.com

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Strand Theatre has been a venue for entertainment since 1923. Renovated in 2004 and 2005, it was updated with the latest projection and sound equipment while both the exterior and interior were elegantly refurbished. As the city's sole movie theater, it features the best of world and independent cinema, classic and documentary film. On top of that, the Strand is a superb 350-seat Rockland music, performing arts and special events venue that has played host to The Bay Chamber Concerts' Summer Music Festival, The Pushcart Players Children's Theatre and acts like singer-songwriter Judy Collins and stand-up comics Bob Marley and Paula Poundstone. The theater likewise features a Balcony Bar where movie watchers and concert goers can choose from their fine selection of wine and beer and have a drink before the event. The Bar is open Fridays and Saturdays during July and August and for select events and concerts, as well.

Time Out Pub
275 Main Street
Rockland, Maine 04841
(207) 593-9336
www.northatlanticbluesfestival.com

Considered by some as the best waterfront bar in the city, Time Out Pub is Rockland's hip and happening spot, especially during weekends. With a welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff, the pub serves lunch specials downstairs during the daytime. During weekend nights, they feature either live Rockland music or a DJ that plays top 40, hip-hop and R&B tunes, turning the upstairs into a lively dance floor. Aside from a back deck that overlooks the harbor, there are also facilities for pool and darts, several televisions and a place for karaoke downstairs. Time Out brings good acts into town and hosts blues nights on Mondays from 7 to 10 pm. Some of the musicians who play during these nights are Toni Lynn Washington, Monster Mike Welch and Smokin' Joe Kubek. During the summer months, as it's the closest bar to the North Atlantic Blues Festival and the Maine Lobster Festival, it keeps the high-spirited vibe going until the wee hours of the morning. No need to worry about how you're going to get back to your Rockland inn; there is a local cab service always available right outside.