Summer is here and live music is FINALLY back in Maine! We get rolling again with a unique concert series starting up next week that features great local talent, fantastic venues, and a great community cause.
You might not think of the Portland Expo as one of Portland's best concert spots. So you may be a bit surprised when you see who's on this list of Expo concerts; Queen, Bob Seger, INXS, The Clash, Snoop Dogg, The Beach Boys, and Jethro Tull have all played the Expo
We had a bunch of concert announcements this week in New England. You remember concerts...when we all get together and go crazy with our favorite musicians? Making incredible memories with friends and sometimes, complete strangers! Rescheduled shows and some new shows have been announced at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, The Bank of NH Pavilion in Gilford, Rock Row in Westbrook, and Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor. And today the Boston Red Sox announces their Summer Concert Series. All of these Fenway dates are make-up dates from 2020. I hope you held on to your tickets! All the shows are tentative based on how the pandemic goes. But the fact that we may actually see LIVE MUSIC this summer warms my heart.
The now-defunct Scarborough Downs racetrack was known as one of the great harness racing tracks in America. But did you know that The Downs also hosted some pretty amazing concerts in its history? You might be surprised at who came to Scarborough! There are not a ton of shows (we count 6) but they were all high-caliber artists that ran the gamut of music genres. Country, Metal, Hip-Hop, The Downs saw it all!
Do you remember all the concerts that happened at The Ballpark in OOB? Between 1986 and 1997 there were 75 concerts. Big names too! AC/DC, Cher, Aerosmith, Whitney Houston, Van Halen, Fleetwood Mac, and many others. Even though the noise drove the town crazy, the shows at the Ballpark- called SEAPAC, and later the Maine Entertainment Center, were some of the biggest shows Maine has ever had. It's a big part of Maine's musical history. We've compiled a list of every show and we hope it brings back good musical memories for you!
The Portland Exposition Building, officially the James A. Banks Sr. Exposition Building, but known to most as "The Expo" opened in 1915. It's the second-oldest arena in continuous operation in the USA, which alone makes it pretty historic. We've all been to the Expo for a middle school track meet, car show, beer festival, or Red Claws game over the years, but the Expo has seen some pretty amazing events featuring historic figures.
Happy 74th birthday to Reginald Dwight, better known as Sir Elton John. Elton has sold over 300 MILLION albums and has been awarded 5 Grammys. He is one of the world's biggest superstars, so we should find ourselves lucky that the Rocketman has visited Maine six different times over the years for live concerts. He's been good to us!
But back in the day, the Tree Cafe was a fantastic spot to see up-and-coming bands. It was a pretty cool setup with a lower section where you could be really close to the band, and an upper balcony where if you dangled over the railing after having a few pints, you could probably jump right on the stage and not break a leg. Not that I thought about it from time to time