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Melissa Etheridge returning to Bangor to play Waterfront

AP Photo/Katy Winn | BDN
AP Photo/Katy Winn | BDN
Melissa Etheridge arrives to The 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards on Sunday April 10, 2011, at The Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles.
By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff

BANGOR — The last time Melissa Etheridge played Bangor, Bill Clinton was still president, the price of gas was less than half what it is now, and text messaging was unheard of.

The 49-year-old Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer-songwriter-musician last played Bangor in November 2000, indoors, before 3,500 fans at the Bangor Auditorium.

This time around, the native Kansan who made “Bring Me Some Water” one of her top hits will be outdoors at the Waterfront Pavilion to entertain fans on Saturday, July 23.

With 15 albums to her credit spanning a 26-year music career, Etheridge brings a substantial discography to the Waterfront Concerts series.

“She has a lot of universal popularity,” said Waterfront promoter Alex Gray. “With social media, we field a lot of requests either online or in person, and when she was in Lilith Fair last year, everybody wanted that tour to play here, but the money to bring them here was too much. People still are clamoring for them.”

Etheridge played Lilith Fair with Sarah McLachlan and Sheryl Crow.

Etheridge, who publicly announced she was lesbian in 1993, enjoys widespread appeal and popularity and has a particularly loyal following with the gay and lesbian audience.

“We’re looking for variety with this series and this fits in very well with a very successful singer-songwriter with a lot of popular appeal,” said Gray. “I’m sure it’ll be a big show.”

Etheridge has been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards, and has won twice for singles — “Ain’t it Heavy” in 1993 and “Come to My Window” in 1995. She also won an Academy Award for “I Need to Wake Up” as best original song in 2007.

Tickets for the show will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. They are priced at three levels ($71.50, $61.50 and $41.50) and available for purchase online (www.waterfrontconcerts.com), locally at Mark’s Music at Penobscot Plaza in Brewer and by phone at 783-2009.

Etheridge is the seventh confirmed act on the Waterfront Concerts 2011 schedule. The others are the Bumstock-Avalanche Tour show featuring Theory of a Deadman, Stone Sour, Skillet, Halestorm and Art of Dying on Saturday, April 30; ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd on Thursday, May 19; Ray Lamontagne and the Pariah Dogs with Brandi Carlile and The Secret Sisters on Thursday, May 26; Beatles tribute band Yesterday with Lucas Richman and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, June 4; Toby Keith and Eric Church on Saturday, July 9; and Lady Antebellum and Sunny Sweeney on Monday, Sept. 5.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated George W. Bush’s presidential status at the time Etheridge last performed in Bangor. Bush had not yet been inaugurated.

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