It was a chilly night for late May, but it was a warm-hearted, lively crowd at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion as country superstar Tim McGraw played his second Bangor show on the Waterfront — and the second show in this year’s Machias Savings Bank concert series.
McGraw, who mentioned halfway through the show that 2014 is his “25th year of making music for a living,” is one of the biggest names in country music, selling more than 40 million albums and boasting the highest-grossing country concert tour of all time.
His fans are devoted and have been with him for years, like 29-year-old Bangor resident Kimmy Robbins. She saw McGraw when he played on the Waterfront in September 2010, and she came back for his 2014 show, with better seats and several friends in tow.
“I just love him. I’ve loved him since I was in high school,” said Robbins. “A lot of memories… and he’s really hot, too.”
McGraw played a number of his many hits, including “I Like It, I Love It,” “Down on the Farm” and “Real Good Man,” as well as some of his newer hits, including “Southern Girl” and the Beatles-esque “Mexicoma,” showing off his versatility as an artist. Though he’s a mega-mainstream country star, he’s incorporated bluegrass, rock and even hip hop into his music, and has collaborated with everyone from rapper Nelly to rock legends Def Leppard. He also has played with the same touring band for years, who of course were on hand to rip it up in Bangor on Thursday night.
Opening for McGraw was Kip Moore, a country upstart with a big hit to his name, “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck.” He played that song, and later signed autographs and took pictures with fans in the merchandise tent. Moore was in Bangor less than a year ago when he opened for Toby Keith for his Labor Day 2013 concert.
Starting off the show was Cassadee Pope, a young country artist who won the 2012 season of NBC’s “The Voice,” and who already has a platinum single under her belt, with “Wasting All These Tears.”
Friday night brings the return of PBS favorites Celtic Woman to the Bangor Waterfront, who last performed in Bangor in 2010. Next week, on Friday, June 6, the Dave Matthews Band are set to play a sold-out show. For information and for tickets, visit waterfrontconcerts.com.