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Lady Antebellum returns to Bangor on Aug. 30, promises ‘energetic’ show

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
Nashville trio Lady Antebellum is returning to Bangor to perform at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion on Aug. 30.
By Sarah Walker Caron, Special to the BDN

BANGOR — Get ready, Bangor. The Nashville trio of Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, known as Lady Antebellum, returns to Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion on Aug. 30 for what they promise will be a high-energy show with a few surprises.

Kelley, who lends vocals and guitar to Lady Antebellum’s blend of country, pop and rock, said the band has undergone a transformation, thanks to a combination of experience and rest.

“I think anyone [who has seen us before] will be surprised by how much more energetic this show is,” Kelley said.

Kelley attributes the increased energy to a break from touring the band took last year.

“One thing that has definitely changed is that Hillary has a little girl,” Kelly said. “We had to be off the road for about six or seven months [after she the baby]. I think when we came back from that break, we were just really re-energized and rededicated to the band.”

Seven-time Grammy Award-winning Lady Antebellum last took the stage at the Bangor Waterfront in 2011. That show, which included a light show and huge paper streamers, entertained a near sell-out crowd. This time, they are coming with several new tunes and new perspective.

“We’ve been having a lot of fun this summer with the tour,” Kelley said. “We want to be here for 20 years. I think that’s kind of been our goal.”

With the outdoor venue, the show’s dynamic changes a little, Kelley said.

“You definitely approach the show with a much more fun and dramatic approach,” he said. “We lean pretty heavily on our fun songs.”

That includes hits like “Downtown,” which won the Best Single by a Duo/Group award at the American Country Awards in 2013.

The band will also be playing several of their new tracks from their forthcoming album, “747,” which is due to be released in September. The first single from that album, “Bartender,” dropped in May and is No. 5 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs list. It’s an up-tempo song about a woman heading out drinking with her friends after a breakup.

The new album has a different feel than previous ones, Kelley said.

“Just like our tour, we really approached this record with trying to make an in-your-face kind of [sound],” Kelley said.

The band worked with a new producer and delivered an album they say has a lot more energy to it.

“I think the fans are ready for something a little more loose and not so serious from us,” he added.

Kelley’s favorite track from the new album is “a song called ‘Freestyle,’ that’s pretty fun to play,” he said.

On the waterfront next Saturday, special guests Billy Currington and Joe Nichols will join the band.

“From start to finish, the whole day is just a really fun day. There’s not any filler in there. It’s just a night of a whole bunch of hits,” Kelley said. “It’s a party, from start to finish.”

This is one of Lady Antebellum’s last performances before they go on a break in September. Haywood’s wife is expecting, so they will be taking time some “so they can spend some time together and enjoy that aspect of everything,” Kelley said.

Follow Sarah Walker Caron on Twitter @SarahWCaron.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Hillary Scott.

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