Cole Swindell and Lee Brice Kicked off the Concert Season in Bangor on Sunday
The long-awaited concert season officially kicked off at the Maine Savings Amphitheater this past Sunday, May 28th, featuring an incredibly talented lineup that’s absolutely not Hard To Love. Headlined by Cole Swindell and Lee Brice, with a special opening by the latter’s younger brother, Lewis Brice, the event promised a night of unforgettable performances, memories not to mess with, and had folks telling their friends You Should Be Here.
The weather couldn't have been better for a Bangor concert on the waterfront. With the sun shining brightly and temperatures hovering around 90 degrees, attendees knew they had to stay hydrated to fully enjoy the musical extravaganza.
The night began with Lewis Brice rocking the stage, but he proved that music wasn't the only thing on his mind. During his set, Lewis halted the show to ensure the well-being of a concert-goer in the pit who seemed to be experiencing a medical emergency. Quick-thinking staff members promptly attended to the situation, ensuring that everyone was safe before Lewis resumed his electrifying performance.
Lee Brice took the stage next, captivating the audience from the very first note. Opening with his hit song "Soul" and closing with the crowd favorite "One of Them Girls," Lee delivered a soulful and powerful performance. Adding to the magic of the night, he brought his brother, Lewis, back on stage for a special duet. As if that wasn't enough, Lee's drummer wowed the crowd with mind-blowing solos accompanied by infectious dubstep tracks. Lee Brice's undeniable vocal prowess left the crowd in awe, singing along to every word.
Prior to the show, I had the chance to meet Lee and Lewis in person. I asked if the South Carolina native was excited for the upcoming NFL season, specifically about his Carolina Panthers, and if he thought they were “going to be solid this year?” With a grin, Lee replied, "We can only hope!" The Panthers' selection of Bryce Young, a highly anticipated quarterback from Alabama, as the number one overall pick has generated high expectations for the upcoming season.
Finally, the night reached its climax as Cole Swindell took center stage as the headliner. From the moment he opened with "Drinkaby" to the closing notes of "She Had Me at Heads Carolina," Cole had the crowd on their feet, singing along to every song. In a nostalgic tribute to the '90s country era, Cole treated the audience to a medley of beloved classics, ensuring a euphoric sing-a-long right before the grand finale. Connecting with his fans on a personal level, Cole posed for pictures, maintained eye contact, and kept the energy levels high. Following an emotionally charged rendition of "You Should Be Here," he signed a fan's sign, demonstrating his genuine appreciation for their unwavering support. Cole's inclusivity shone through as he made a point to acknowledge and engage with every section of the crowd throughout the show.
The concert season in Bangor has kicked off with a bang, and we’re already looking forward to the next set of shows. The next concert at the Maine Savings Amphitheater is set for June 16th, with Dave Matthews Band (although real fans just call them “Dave”). And the next country concert will be on June 22nd, featuring the sensational talents of Kane Brown and Gabby Barrett. Bangor's concert scene is sure to keep the good times rolling all summer long.