Stories about Waterfront Concerts

Geaghan's Restaurant & Pub owner Peter Geaghan said he has noticed an increase in the number of patrons from out of state since the Waterfront Concerts started.

Study: Waterfront Concerts drew $17.5M to Bangor area last year

By Nick McCrea on June 24, 2014, at 7:47 p.m.
Seasons Grille & Sports Lounge had its first full summer of operation in 2013, and the restaurant saw “minor to moderate” foot traffic from Waterfront Concerts, which is surprising, considering the venue is located just across the street, manager Tom Workman said. Seasons decided to beef up …
From left, Trynity Plummer, Dakota Jenkins and Wyatt Jenkins of Houlton cheer after the Dave Matthews Band performed "Two Step" with Tim Reynolds at the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor on June 6.

Bangor seeking consultant to improve Waterfront Concerts venue

By Nick McCrea on June 16, 2014, at 6:40 p.m.
Bangor officials are looking for a consultant to help shape the future of the city’s Waterfront Concerts amphitheater. The city issued a request for qualifications Friday seeking engineering or architectural firms with expertise in designing outdoor concert facilities or other facilities that draw large crowds. That company …
The Dave Matthews Band performed at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion Friday night.

Only one noise complaint from Dave Matthews Band concert, police say

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 08, 2014, at 4:07 p.m.
BANGOR | There were noise complaints from Friday’s Dave Matthews Band concert on the waterfront, but they didn’t come from residents, Bangor police Sgt. Rob Angelo said Sunday. “People inside — the concertgoers — were complaining it wasn’t loud enough,” the sergeant said. Only one noise complaint from a …
Dierks Bentley performs onstage at the Darlings Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor in 2013.

Dierks Bentley to perform at Maine State Pier in Portland as part of Waterfront Concerts series

By Seth Koenig on May 05, 2014, at 7:51 p.m.
A newly announced show next month by country music star Dierks Bentley will highlight a summer concert series at Portland’s Maine State Pier. The Portland City Council on Monday night unanimously gave the Bangor-based Waterfront Concerts the green light to schedule other shows at the high-profile location …
Rickey Medlocke (left) and Gary Rossington, members of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, perform on the Bangor Waterfront in 2011.

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company to play Bangor on July 10

By Aimee Thibodeau on April 07, 2014, at 3:47 p.m.
Legendary rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd will return to the Bangor Waterfront on July 10, according to the band’s website. On Monday, the band announced 19 summer concert dates throughout the U.S. with English classic rockers Bad Company for the 40th Anniversary Tour. Skynyrd previously drew an estimated …
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection said there are now unapproved "permanent structures" on the Bangor waterfront.

DEP: Bangor didn’t get needed approvals for Waterfront Concerts venue

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 04, 2013, at 6:37 p.m.
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection says it did not approve a series of recent upgrades along the Bangor Waterfront, meaning the city could have to retroactively request the required approvals or make significant changes to the site at the end of each concert season. Under DEP …
Fans have a good time while waiting for the "No Shoes Nation Tour 2013" concert to begin with the Eli Young Band and Kenny Chesney at the Darlings Waterfront Pavilion in August.

Bangor committee says more research into Waterfront Concert levels is needed

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 23, 2013, at 8:13 p.m.
The committee exploring ways to ease concerns raised by some Bangor residents who believe Waterfront Concerts are too loud ironed out recommendations Wednesday night that it will present to city councilors next week. Most of its recommendations call for further research before establishing any rules regulating sound …
Luke Bryan performs to a sold-out crowd at the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion along the Bangor Waterfront on Saturday.

Country star Luke Bryan plays to sold-out Waterfront crowd

By Emily Burnham on Sept. 01, 2013, at 2:20 a.m.
BANGOR | There’s a reason people like Luke Bryan, one of the hottest country stars in America, who performed Saturday night at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion on the Bangor Waterfront. Maybe it’s his songs about love, relationships and more than a little bit of lust. Maybe it’s his ability …
 Dierks Bentley, right, performs onstage at the Darlings Waterfront Pavilion on Friday.

Country stars Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley party with the Bangor Waterfront crowd

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 02, 2013, at 10:10 p.m.
An estimated 12,000 people crowded into a newly cleaned-up and mostly de-smellified Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion on Friday evening to party to the sounds of two of the biggest stars in country music — Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley, with opening artist Kix Brooks. Both musicians meld the sound of classic …
City of Bangor crews work at the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion trucking away some of the soil and putting in extra drainage.

Bangor to put down stone at Waterfront Concerts venue after odor problems

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 31, 2013, at 2:10 p.m.
The waterlogged and smelly organic loam and the new grass laid over it this spring at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion have been removed and stone will be put down for this Friday’s country music concert. “At this point, it looks like sod will not be an option …
Ben Folds performs at the Bangor Waterfront Sunday evening.

Fans flock to Bangor Waterfront for Ben Folds Five, Barenaked Ladies, Guster

By Natalie Feulner on July 21, 2013, at 7:49 p.m.
A few thousand laid-back fans packed Bangor’s Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion Sunday to hear the uplifting and rhythmic acoustic sounds of Ben Folds Five, Barenaked Ladies and Guster as part of the bands’ 2013 Last Summer on Earth Tour. With temperatures hovering around 70 degrees, ticket holders and others in the …
Mike Gordan, bassist for Phish, perfroms at the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion on Wednesday.

Phish brings sweet sounds of summer tour to fans in Bangor

By Emily Burnham on July 03, 2013, at 9:08 p.m.
Tens of thousands of concert-goers crowded into Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion and the surrounding area to soak in the perfect weather, the good vibes and hours of music as Phish performed in Bangor for the first time in nearly 20 years. The concert — one of the biggest in the four-year …
Hank Williams Jr.

Hank Williams Jr. Bangor concert postponed for ‘technical issues’

By Aimee Thibodeau on June 11, 2013, at 6:50 p.m.
The same day it was announced that Hank Williams Jr. would be performing on the Bangor Waterfront in August, concert organizers sent a news announcement saying the performance has been “postponed due to technical issues.” They offered no additional information as to why the Aug. 3 concert …
Charlie Longo

Cringes, gasps as Bangor councilor says LePage ‘hits the bars’ rather than focusing on issues

By Nick McCrea on June 11, 2013, at 3:32 p.m.
First-term Councilor Charlie Longo faces rebuke, and perhaps a formal reprimand, from his fellow city councilors for his disparaging comments about Gov. Paul LePage during a meeting Monday night. “I say this with the utmost respect. But, you know, if Gov. LePage is not busy enough to …
Fans cheer for Big Head Todd at the Waterfront Concerts event featuring Cracker, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Blues Traveler and Barenaked Ladies last year in Bangor.

Machias Savings Bank customers to get early access to Waterfront Concerts tickets

on April 15, 2013, at 1:50 p.m.
BREWER, Maine – Waterfront Concerts announced Monday an exclusive arrangement with Machias Savings Bank in which the bank’s customers will have access to tickets before their availability to the general public. The arrangement was announced during a press conference at the Machias Savings Bank branch on Wilson Street in Brewer. …

Phish returning to Maine for July concert on Bangor Waterfront

By Emily Burnham on March 12, 2013, at 4:24 p.m.
Ten years after it performed for 60,000 people at the former Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, and three years after the band last performed in Maine, beloved jam band Phish is returning to the Pine Tree State with a Wednesday, July 3, performance at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in …
Waterfront Concerts head Alex Gray (from left), Darling's owner Jay Darling and Bangor city councilor Nelson Durgin announce on Monday, Feb. 4 the naming of the Bangor Waterfront pavilion as the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion.

Darling’s secures naming rights to waterfront concert pavilion

By Andy Neff and Emily Burnham on Feb. 04, 2013, at 2 p.m.
BANGOR | The Bangor Waterfront pavilion will be known as Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, thanks to a four-year naming rights agreement between the Darling’s auto dealerships and Waterfront Concerts announced Monday. “We’ve been a sponsor for the Waterfront Concert Series for the past three years, and we’ve been impressed with …
Silhouetted against a late afternoon sky, a crew starts the process of dissembling the stage located on the Bangor Waterfront, Monday Oct. 1 2012.

Waterfront Concerts series has increasing ‘ripple effect’ for hotels, restaurants

By Andrew Neff on Oct. 03, 2012, at 5:58 p.m.
BANGOR | They may not be able to hear the music from the Waterfront Concerts series, but merchants from Lincoln to Bar Harbor are singing its praises after its third season in Bangor. Cash registers at restaurants, bars and hotels were noisier than usual this concert season as increased …

Committee recommends $648,000 Bangor Waterfront concert facility

By Andrew Neff on Sept. 17, 2012, at 8:08 p.m.
After initially receiving eight bids from construction firms ranging from nearly $900,000 to $1.3 million for construction of a permanent Bangor Waterfront concert facility, councilors recommended a $648,000 plan. Bangor City Council finance committee members Joe Baldacci, James Gallant, Pat Blanchette and Nelson Durgin voted to recommend …
An estimated 6,000 fans attended Tuesday night's concert headlined by Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller at Scarborough Downs. Police reported about two dozen people were treated for heat exhaustion and dehydration, and there were a few arrests and expulsions. The show was the first of three large-scale concerts to be held at the track this summer.

Waterfront Concerts’ first Scarborough show sees arrests, hospitalizations

By David Harry on Aug. 02, 2012, at 4:59 p.m.
The first of three festival-style concerts at Scarborough Downs on Tuesday resulted in a few arrests and cases of heat exhaustion, but no major problems, according to Police Chief Robert Moulton. “It went relatively well. We had had some medical issues, a combination of dehydration, maybe a …