Country music star McGraw to perform concert on waterfront

Posted July 09, 2010, at 2:09 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 10:51 a.m.

Local music fans will be getting a lot more use out of their cowboy hats, boots and bluejeans this summer and fall as country music star Tim McGraw is joining the inaugural Bangor Waterfront Summer Concert Series.

McGraw and the Warren Brothers, his opening act, will take the stage Saturday, Sept. 4. Tickets go on sale 9 a.m. Friday, July 16.

McGraw joins Celtic Woman (July 28), Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Charlie Daniels Band (Aug. 5) and Alan Jackson (Sept. 10) on the series schedule.

“The support has been overwhelming from the local area,” said Alex Gray, senior partner and booking agent for Massachusetts-based New England Concerts. “People have been great, and I hope they continue to show the support and interest in all these shows, even if they’re not hard-core country or Lynyrd Skynyrd fans, because that will allow us to book even more diverse acts next year.”

In fact, the Orono native and former owner of Russell’s entertainment complex in Bangor and Orono nightclub Ushuaia already is looking to book acts for next year after strong ticket sales for this year’s series.

“The shows are selling well,” Gray said in between meetings with local business owners and sponsors Thursday, “especially in terms of the best seats selling faster than the others for all shows.”

And Gray isn’t done with this year’s slate yet. A recent decision by The Jonas Brothers to cancel the back end of their current “American Idol” tour takes them out of the mix, but negotiations with agents for artists such as Godsmack, Jason Mraz (opening act Lisa Hannigan), David Gray (opener Ray Lamontagne), Disturbed, Goo Goo Dolls, and Adam Lambert continue.

The opening act for Alan Jackson will be a local artist or band determined in a contest run by Brewer country music station WQCB 106.5 FM.

Construction on the covered stage rented for the series and the seating area will start the week of July 19 and take three to four days to complete. The stage is 60 feet wide and 40 feet deep with 17-foot wings on each side. The equipment is being shipped on six tractor-trailer trucks and will require a crane to assemble. Seating capacity for shows ranges from 5,000 to 15,000.

Almost all premium seats for Celtic Woman and Alan Jackson are gone. None are left for Lynyrd Skynyrd-Charlie Daniels, but more may be released for sale by the artist a day or two before, or on the day of the shows.

About 2,000 seats are still available for Celtic Woman, which doesn’t have any lawn seating available as yet. Skynyrd-Daniels still has seats available, but lawn seats are almost sold out. All four levels of seats for Jackson are becoming limited.

For the McGraw show, tickets start at $129.50 for the first 10 rows and then slide to $89.50, $79.50 and $39.50.

Tickets for all series shows are available online at thecolisee.com, at Mark’s Music store in Brewer, at the Androscoggin Bank Le Colisee box office in Lewiston, or by phone at 783-2009.

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