The first of between four and six concerts set for the new concert and event venue at Thompson’s Point, the mixed-use real estate development along the Fore River in Portland, was announced by the State Theatre Tuesday morning. Songwriter Ingrid Michaelson will perform on Sunday, June 28 with guests Jukebox the Ghost. Tickets for the summertime concert will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 27 via statetheatreportland.com and the Cross Insurance Arena box office.
“We’ve been working so hard to get this venue up and going, so it’s extremely exciting for us to announce the first show,” said Lauren Wayne, general manager of the State Theatre and Port City Music Hall. “We are going to have between four and six shows this summer. It’s very limited in number because we are hand curating these shows and making them fit with the aesthetic of Thompson’s Point overall.”
Ingrid Michaelson has played in Maine multiple times, and has sold out the State Theatre twice. She is best known for her hit album “Girls & Boys,” with the song “The Way I Am” reaching number 37 on the Billboard charts, as well as her 2012 album, “Human Again,” which debuted at number five on the Billboard charts. Her most recent album, 2014’s “Lights Out,” also debuted at number five.
Already on site at Thompson’s Point, a 30-acre peninsula jutting out into the Fore River, is maker space the Open Bench Project and the Circus Conservatory of America, with the family art studio Color Me Mine slated to open in May. The 2015 summer concerts will be the first major events at the new concert and outdoor event venue at Thompson’s Point, after last summer’s Sierra Nevada Beer Camp, a beer festival that drew more than 3,000 people.
Wayne says significant upgrades are underway at the venue, including running new power lines, laying down new sod and grass to replace the gravel, and other aesthetic fixes. Thompson’s Point developers Chris Thompson and Jed Troubh of Forefront Partners signed an agreement last fall with the State Theatre, naming the concert promoters as the sole promotors of events at the venue. There will other non-musical events at the venue throughout the warmer months, in addition to other unspecified businesses that will fill out the site.
“These are real estate guys who are running the place, but they are extremely creative and very committed to maintaining that creative, local-centric feel that Portland has,” said Wayne. “We’re psyched to be a part of such a large project, that will have a positive impact on Portland.”