Waterfront Concerts announced Monday morning two June concerts for the Maine State Pier — a double bill of blues with the Kenny Wayne Shepard Band and Jonny Long (pictured above) on June 11, and then on Sunday, June 14 pop-rock bands Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional. Tickets for both shows go on sale at noon on Friday, March 13 via Ticketmaster, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or in person at Mark’s Music in Brewer.
Grammy Award winner Jonny Lang has shared the stage with some of the most respected legends in music. His career took off while he was still in his teens sixteen years ago, breaking out of the local clubs of Minneapolis. His debut on A&M Records “Lie To Me” went on to platinum certification, and his latest release 2013’s “Fight For My Soul” debuted at number one on the Billboard Blues chart. Like Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepard was also a teenage blues prodigy, with millions of albums sold and several top ten hits, shining a light on the rich blues of the past and forging ahead with his own modern twist on a classic sound. In a 20-year career that began when he was 16, Shepherd has garnered five Grammy nominations and six number one debuts on the Billboard Blues charts, including his most recent album, 2014’s “Goin’ Home.”
Third Eye Blind’s debut self-titled album, which came out in 1997, was one of the most successful albums of the late 1990s, spawning five hit singles including “Semi-Charmed Life,” “Graduate,” “How’s It Going To Be,” “Losing A Whole Year” and “Jumper.” Four more subsequent albums have placed them among popular touring artists nationwide, and the band will released it’s sixth album — it’s first since 2009 — this summer. Dashboard Confessional were one of the biggest alternative acts of the early 2000s. Their breakthrough second album 2002’s “The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most” included the trademark single “Screaming Infidelities”, yielding their first gold certified album and peaking at number five on Billboard’s Top 200. Their third album, “A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar” in 2003, gave them their first top ten modern rock single “Hands Down” and reached number two on the Top 200.
These two concerts join a number of previously announced Waterfront Concerts-promited Maine State Pier concerts, including the Barenaked Ladies, the Violent Femmes and Colin Hay on June 26, “Weird Al” Yankovic on July 26 and Weezer on July 31. For more Waterfront Concert announcements in both Portland and at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, check back with cultureshock.bangordailynews.com.