You may or may not have heard by now that Dropkick Murphys are shipping up to Bangor and playing as part of the summer waterfront concert series. If you're from New England, or a fan of any Boston sports, you should be familiar with these punk rockers. They are most known for their song, "Shipping up to Boston", which also happens to be the song that Jonathan Papelbon of the Red Sox walks out to when he comes in to close a game. As a lifelong resident of Maine/the Bangor area, I feel the need to take a break from the financial tips and talk about the impact of these concerts in Maine.
Just a few years ago, it was difficult to get big bands to want to come the Bangor area. Generally speaking, nobody would come closer than Portland. I mean, what did Bangor have to offer? Occasionally there would be a decent band that came, but very few would come one after another. It seemed like once a big name performer came, you'd have to wait another year or so for the next one to come along. Last year is when everything seemed to finally take off. The waterfront stage created an area where many big name bands are now coming to play for fans. Last year it seemed to start off slowly, and all of a sudden a huge influx of bands decided that Bangor was the place to be. People I never dreamed that would come to the area all showed up to play on the waterfront: Tim McGraw, Jason Mraz, Miranda Lambert and Godsmack were just a few of the shows to bring their music to Maine. This year is no different, and I think even better than last year. Not only are there musical acts of all different kinds this year, including ZZ Top, Bob Dylan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Toby Keith and Lady Antebellum (just to name a few), comedian Jeff Dunham is also coming to bring his talents to Vacationland.
Now I could go on promoting the concerts, but that's not the point of this. I am overjoyed that some of my favorite acts are coming to the area. The fact is, because of the dirty work from a few dedicated souls, Maine is becoming an exciting place in the summer. We're known for lobster, blueberries, Acadia National Park and the natural beauty of the state, but we're also becoming known for our music scene in the summertime. It brings people in and it also helps Maine's economy. Let's face it, Maine could use an economical boost (then again, I think you could say that about all 50 states) and this is a great way to impact Maine. It's a win win situation for everyone. Mainers get big name music groups to listen to and enjoy, and in turn, more money is plugged back into the state. Kudos to the waterfront concert series promoters and bookers. I give you an A for effort, and am excited to see how this impacts Maine in the future.
Have you gone to any of the waterfront concerts?
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