A new concert venue will open in Southern Maine in just a few weeks, and is already set to host a handful of artists this year as a part of the series Waterfront Concerts.
The Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row will be able to hold a capacity of 8,200 people and is set on a 100-acre business and residential complex, which is still under construction. While the entire complex will take between five and seven years to complete, the concert venue already has a foundation for the stage, and a 14-foot hill for lawn seating. Ahead of opening however, the venue still needs paved parking lots, the installation of the stage, metal detectors, fences, and bathroom facilities.
Luckily for fans, the parking lot will be free and open to the public – unless fans should opt to park in the VIP lot for $35 to be closer to the Pavilion, Jon Dow explained to the Press Herald. The Pavilion greatly differs from the Maine State Pier in Portland – which held the concert series previously – as it did not offer free parking, had a smaller stage, and only held a capacity of 3,000. Now, Dow said the venue will be able to bring in bigger acts for the public.
Anderson .Paak, the funk/hip-hop artist known for the track “Trippy” featuring J. Cole, is set to kick-off the venue’s schedule on May 26. Throughout the rest of the year, 13 other acts are booked with a heavy rock lineup, including indie-rock’s Fitz and The Tantrums and Young the Giant, psychedelic/funk group Slightly Stoopid, and rock groups Buddy Guy & Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Rebelution, Alice Cooper and Halestorm, John Fogerty, Dark Star Orchestra, and Social Distortion. Blues-rocker Joe Bonamassa and Celtic-rock group Flogging Molly are also slated to perform.
The rockers of Shinedown, who are currently touring in support of their album ATTENTION ATTENTION, will also take the stage. Dow noted that an act like Shinedown would not have been able to perform at the Pier because of the crowd they’re expected to bring in. Additionally, three acts have yet to be announced.
Check out the full, upcoming concert schedule below and check out the venue’s website for more information.
Maine Savings Pavilion Concert Schedule 2019
May 26 — Anderson .Paak
June 15 — Slightly Stoopid
June 20 — Young the Giant and Fitz and The Tantrums
June 22 — Buddy Guy and Kenny Wayne Shepherd
June 29 — Shinedown
July 28 — Joe Bonamassa
August 2 — Rebelution
August 4 — Dark Star Orchestra
August 10 — Alice Cooper and Halestorm
August 11 — John Fogerty
August 30 — Flogging Molly and Social Distortion