Downeast Magazine dubs Queen City “Bangor Rock City” in Waterfront Concerts article


The May 2014 issue of Downeast Magazine includes a major feature article that tells the story of Alex Gray and the Waterfront Concerts — from Gray’s at-times controversial beginnings as the owner of Orono nightclub Ushuaia, to the multi-million dollar entertainment juggernaut that it is today.

It also tells part of the story of the City of Bangor’s redevelopment of the Waterfront, and how city developers remained open to the idea of different options for that space — including a concert facility.

It includes this interesting quote from Waterfront Concerts food & beverage director Chris Rudolph, who offers this assessment of what it will take for Bangor to start taking itself seriously as a cultural destination — even, dare we say it, as a cool place to be.

“The thing with Bangor,” he says, “is that the rest of the world needs to tell Bangor it’s cool before it realizes it. You can’t sell Bangor to Bangor. You’ve got to sell Bangor to everybody else, so that eventually it all trickles back down. Then, Bangor will wake up and say, ‘Oh, okay. I get it.’”

The article is in the May 2014 issue of Downeast; it went up online over the weekend via

Emily Burnham

About Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native, UMaine graduate, proud Bangorian and a writer and editor for Bangor Metro Magazine, the Weekly and the Bangor Daily News, where she's worked since 2004. She reports on everything from local bands to local food to all the cool things going on in the Greater Bangor area. In her quest for stories, she's seen countless concerts and plays, been lobster fishing, interviewed celebrities, hung out with water buffalo and played in a ukulele orchestra. She's interested in everything that happens in Maine. Albums for review are accepted digitally only; please no CDs.