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J. Geils Band, Reba McEntire, Stone Temple Pilots on the Waterfront

By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff

BANGOR — She’s more than a little bit country, they’re more than a little bit rock ’n’ roll, and he has been successfully fusing blues with rock for almost half a century.

The latest big-name acts to sign on to appear at Bangor’s Waterfront Pavilion this summer are country megastar Reba McEntire (Sept. 17), rockers Stone Temple Pilots (July 31), and J. Geils Band, one of Boston’s most successful music acts ever (Aug. 5).

J. Geils Band, featuring longtime member and frontman Peter Wolf plus founding members John (J.) Geils and Richard Salwitz, much better known as “Magic Dick,” will bring their trademark brand of blues, rock and showmanship — and opening act The Chris Robinson (of Black Crowes’ fame) Brotherhood — to the waterfront at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5.

“These guys used to sell out shows in Maine all the time,” said Alex Gray, Waterfront Concerts promoter. “We’ve been talking to them since early last year when the whole concept of having Aerosmith play here for the first show was being discussed.

“Their agent called and asked what was going on in Bangor and if there was still a possibility being here and if there was still some interest. They have a lot of fans all around this area and beyond and we have two big radio stations [Bangor’s WKIT, 100.3 FM and Portland’s WBLM, 102.9 FM] excited about promoting them.”

The group has released 16 albums, the most successful of which were “Love Stinks,” which went gold in 1980, and 1981’s multiplatinum “Freeze Frame,” which spawned five hit singles.

Tickets are $61.75, $41.75, $31.75 and $21.75 (plus applicable fees) and are available for purchase starting at 10 a.m. Friday.

McEntire, the “leading lady of country,” has been no slouch in her musical genre, either, recording 26 studio albums and 35 No. 1 singles over a 36-year career that has put her in exclusive company. She has set a record for most Academy of Country Music top female vocalist awards with seven and American Music Awards for favorite female country artist with 12, and ties Martina McBride for Country Music Association female vocalist of the year awards with four (McEntire won all four consecutively). The Oklahoma native also is one of only two women in the history of country music to have a No. 1 single in four different decades, but the only one to have solo No. 1s in four different decades.

Tickets to see her performance are $97.50, $81.50, $61.50, $37.50 and $27.50 (plus applicable fees) and are available for purchase starting at 10 a.m. Friday.

Stone Temple Pilots, the Grammy Award-winning American rock quartet from San Diego that has recorded six albums, will rock Bangor as the headliner for the relocated OxxFest all-day music festival.

MTV’s Best New Artist in 1993 won the American Music Award for favorite rock-pop new artist in 1994 and has since become one of the most commercially successful American rock bands, selling more than 40 million records internationally (17.5 in the United States alone). Their most successful album, “Core,” was certified eight-times platinum. They have 16 top-10 singles and eight No. 1 singles to their credit.

After debuting in Oxford and remaining there two years, Oxxfest was moved to Wiscasset last year and now will take up residency at the Waterfront Pavilion.

“This is getting huge. It’s getting so big now that national bands want to play this big radio-presented show,” said Gray.

He said the festival, which is the signature event and biggest summer show by far for Portland-based radio station WCYY (94.3 FM), also will be expanded this year, featuring even more than the 15 local bands that played Saturday’s Bumstock-Avalanche Tour event.

“I think we may do more with two stages because there’s a ton of interest,” said Gray, who indicated there will be 30 bands in all for the event, which starts at 10 a.m.

“We’ve had four or five bands [Too Late the Hero and Last Chance for Reason among them] sign with record labels as a result of playing Oxxfest,” he said.

Tickets for Oxxfest are $39.50 (plus applicable fees) and go on sale at 10 am. Saturday, May 7.

Gray said these confirmed concerts form the nucleus of the summer schedule.

“We’re pretty much at this point done for the year as far as our core schedule, so we can just kind of look around and be in the catbird seat in terms of what makes financial and scheduling sense,” he said.

Tickets are available online at, by phone at 783-2009, and locally at Mark’s Music in Brewer and the Colisee box office in Lewiston.

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