By David M. Fitzpatrick
Of The Weekly Staff
After an eventful and successful first year in business, Seasons on Main Street has added another dimension to its restaurant. In addition to its sports bar, dining room, and function rooms, Seasons recently opened its basement level as a new dance club, Seasons Down Under.
“It’s a great opportunity for our guests to enjoy live music and dancing on Friday and Saturday nights in an atmosphere that’s comfortable and interesting,” said Seasons Food and Beverage Manager Tom Workman.
The club, which is located downstairs at Seasons and which has its own dedicated bar, “soft opened” in October and had its grand opening on Nov. 9, when local 1980s cover band Eightysomething wowed the 200-capacity packed house, which took eagerly to the dance floor.
“We had our record weekend so far,” said mixologist Jessica Ward, the bar supervisor.
So far, the club has been drawing the 30-something crowd, but 20-somethings will find appeal as well. The club began featuring DJ Jeff Buffington on Thursday nights starting Thanksgiving week. Buffington, locally famous for his summertime work in Bar Harbor, has garnered a strong Bangor-area following. Down Under has booked him through the end of the year.
“Hopefully that will bring in a little bit of a younger crowd to dance and get their groove on,” said Ward. “He’s got a huge following. We hope he’s going to bring those with him.”
The popular Eightysomething seems to appeal to the thirtysomething-plus crowd, so the club has booked the band for 20 weekends in 2014.
“They’re a house filler,” Ward said. “They’re fantastic.”
Ward says the goal is to create an entertaining and enjoyable dance-club environment that is as classy as Seasons’ other upstairs elements.
“We’re constantly evolving down there,” she said. “It’s brand new, and we’re still working on the concept and decorations and really nailing down a theme for it. It’s a work in progress.”
Workman says the focus will be on quality service, good music, and great bands.
“We’re professionals in the business; we’re not out there just to sling drinks and grab money,” he said. “We want to make sure that everybody has a good time in a comfortable environment, so that they feel like they’re having fun and they’re safe.”
Seasons initially opened in January 2013. Along with the many venues under one roof, the Downtown with Rich Kimball Show originates from a studio in the sports bar five days a week from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sports Radio 92.9 FM. Kimball frequently brings the microphone onto the barroom floor and does lounge interviews, making it a popular and interactive event with patrons.
“Rich does a great job,” Workman said. “It’s a great show.”
There’s also a new “best of” show on Sunday mornings and a coaches’ show from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday features Coach Red Gendron of UMaine hockey; Thursday is Coach Jack Cosgrove of Maine football.
There’s no cover at Seasons Down Under on Thursday nights; the night club will feature a DJ. Friday is always ladies’ night: no cover for the women. Saturday is $5 cover for everyone. Starting Thanksgiving week, the night club is also open Wednesday through the holidays.
Visit Seasons at SeasonsBangor.com and follow it on Facebook to get Down Under updates.