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Miranda Lambert joins waterfront concert series lineup

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Miranda Lambert. (Randee St. Nicholas photo)
By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor will remain a little bit country with the addition of yet another hot country western artist to the Hollywood Slots Waterfront Concert Series.

Miranda Lambert’s “Revolution” tour will stop in Bangor on Saturday, Oct. 2, bringing to six the total number of concerts in the inaugural outdoor concert series on the River City’s waterfront.

Eric Church will open the 7 p.m. show, for which the gates will open at 5 p.m. Tickets range from $25.75, to $34.75 and $39.75. Lawn seats will not be available initially, but may be added if the show sells out.

“The original plan was for her to play at the Bangor Auditorium, but they weren’t able to put it together because of the particular configuration of her stage the way the layout of the auditorium is,” said concert promoter Alex Gray of Old Town. “It just didn’t work in the way that it became almost cost-prohibitive since they could only put 600 people on the floor with the available space.”

Capacity for the outdoor Lambert show, according to Gray, is 6,000 to 8,000. The first show of the six-act Waterfront Concert series, Celtic Woman, drew more than 3,000 fans, while Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Charlie Daniels Band attracted more than 8,000.

Lambert has several hits from three albums — “Kerosene,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “Revolution” — including “Gunpowder and Lead,” “White Liar,” “Famous in a Small Town,” “Kerosene” and “The House That Built Me.” The 25-year-old blond bombshell from Texas delivers a high-energy show and is part of the young-gun generation ushering in a new wave of country.

“She’s a little bit of everything, in terms of her demographic and fan base,” Gray said.

Tickets for the Lambert show go on sale Friday and are available at Mark’s Music at Penobscot Square in Brewer, by phone at 783-2009, or online at www.waterfrontconcerts.com.

Gray doesn’t see the lateness of the show as being a particular problem, other than October‘s slightly lower evening temperatures.

“The general consensus on this when we first started talking is we could logistically go with this right into Columbus Day weekend,” Gray said.

Other coming shows include Tim McGraw and the Warren Brothers on Saturday, Sept. 4; Alan Jackson Friday, Sept. 10; and Jason Mraz with Robert Francis on Saturday, Sept. 11.

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