June 22, 2018
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Mayors’ coalition members Michael Brennan, Cary Weston tour Waterfront Concerts pavilion, enjoy Beach Boys show

By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Portland Mayor Michael Brennan and Cary Weston, his counterpart from Bangor, didn’t do any surfing Friday afternoon, but they did catch plenty of waves — sound waves.

After putting their heads together to tackle financial crises affecting both their cities for the last three months, two of the founding members of a Maine mayors’ coalition — now including those from 10 cities — got together for a more leisurely pursuit.

Brennan, a longtime Beach Boys fan who had never before seen the band perform live, was a guest of Weston’s and sitting front and center at Waterfront Concerts pavilion Friday night. He and wife Joan were there to catch some great waves and good vibrations.

“They’re just like Mom, Pop and apple pie. I’ve been a fan of theirs since 1966. The first album I ever bought was The Beach Boys that year,” said Brennan. “I actually saw Brian Wilson at Hampton Beach in New Hampshire in 2008. Cary was nice enough to invite me up and this is the first time I’ve seen them all together.”

Brennan, who has two sons — attorney Travis and English teacher in South Korea Ryan — with his wife of 32 years said she isn’t nearly as big a fan as he is.

“She told me on the way up that the only reason she was coming was because of me,” he said with a laugh. “As for me, I’ve met the President, and we just passed our first city budget, so I’m not sure where it ranks, but this is definitely in the top five.”

Brennan also took a tour of the Waterfront Concerts facility before the show.

“Alex Gray [Waterfront Concerts promoter] took us backstage to show us what he’s been up to, where we’re going, and what the future plans of the arena are once we get going and what we can do with a permanent pavilion,” said Weston, who was dressed much more thematically and casually in khaki shorts and a Hawaiian print shirt. “We also got to sit next to a living music legend and enjoy a five-star meal.”

Brennan was unaware of his brush with greatness at the time.

“While I was eating, apparently Brian Wilson was sitting behind me, but I had no idea until they told me 20 minutes later,” he said.

Brennan said he was one of many Portland-area residents attending Friday’s show.

“I haven’t seen them all, but there are several people from Portland up here tonight,” he said. ”I know because whenever I mentioned I was coming to this, a lot of people said they were coming, too.”

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