Your ultimate guide to touring shows in Maine this summer: All genres, statewide

It’s never too early to start thinking about your summer plans. If you’re anything like me, they include at least a few — if not way too many — concerts. Lucky for you, I’ve put together a pretty exhaustive list of all the touring shows coming through the state this summer, in venues ranging from intimate places like the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield or Port City Music Hall in Portland to the largest venue in Northern New England, the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor. Please bear in mind that this list focuses on touring shows — there are countless local shows too, of course, but I spend the entire rest of the year with this column focusing on those, so let’s shine the spotlight on those bigger, national names coming through. Tickets for all these shows can be purchased via Ticketmaster, unless otherwise noted. I’ll also update this list a little later on in the summer, as more shows in July and August will likely be announced in the coming weeks. Happy rocking in 2015, guys! (Note: Updated May 19).

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Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor

  • May 9, Rise Above Fest feat. Godsmack, Seether, Slash, more (metal/rock)
  • May 24, Ed Sheeran (pop)
  • June 4, Lady Antebellum and Hunter Hayes (country)
  • June 7, Zac Brown Band (country)
  • June 18, Train and The Fray (pop)
  • June 20, Fall Out Boy and Hoodie Allen (pop-punk, hip hop)
  • July 9, Eric Church and The Lone Bellow (country)
  • July 30, Van Halen and the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band (classic rock)
  • Aug. 12, Joe Bonnamassa (blues)
  • Aug. 13, Kenny Chesney (country)
  • Aug. 19, Nickelback (rock)
  • Aug. 21, Reba McEntire (country)

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State Theatre, Portland

  • May 7, The Chainsmokers (EDM duo)
  • May 12, Jason Bonham Led Zeppelin Experience (classic rock)
  • May 30, The Moth Mainstage (NPR storytelling)
  • June 11, Nahko and Medicine For The People (acoustic rock)
  • June 13, Dave Attell (stand-up comedy)
  • June 17, Coheed & Cambria and You Blew It! (prog-rock/emo)
  • June 18, Slayer (metal!)
  • June 19, Spoon and Viva Viva (indie rock)
  • June 20, Keb’ Mo’ (blues)
  • June 25, Jim Jeffries (stand-up comedy)
  • June 30, Lucinda Williams (alt-country/songwriter)
  • July 15, Wacka Flocka Flame (hip hop)
  • July 20, Interpol (indie rock)
  • July 22, Three Days Grace, Devour the Day and Finger Eleven (hard rock)
  • July 29, The Decemberists and Lady Lamb (indie rock)
  • Aug. 3, Father John Misty and the Sadies (songwriter/indie rock)
  • Aug. 20, Kathy Griffin (stand-up comedy)


Maine State Pier, Portland

  • May 16, Lee Brice (country)
  • May 29, Gary Allan (country)
  • June 4, Billy Idol (new wave/punk)
  • June 11, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Jonny Lang (blues)
  • June 12, The Wailers and Rusted Root (reggae/jam band)
  • June 13, David Gray and Rachael Yamagata (songwriters)
  • June 25, Bret Michaels (rock)
  • June 26, Barenaked Ladies, Violent Femmes and Colin Hay (rock/pop)
  • June 27, Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick (classic rock)
  • July 24, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings (soul/blues)
  • July 26, “Weird Al” Yankovic (pop/comedy)
  • July 30, “American Idol” live (pop)
  • July 31, Weezer (alt-rock)
  • Aug. 1, Lewis Black (stand-up comedy)
  • Aug. 2, Christina Perri and Colbie Caillat (pop)
  • Aug. 13, The Beach Boys (classic pop)
  • Aug. 18, Gregg Allman (classic rock)
  • Aug. 20, Counting Crows (alt-rock)
  • Aug. 22, Scotty McCreery (country/pop)

Thompson’s Point, Portland

  • June 28, Ingrid Michaelson and Jukebox the Ghost (songwriter/indie rock)
  • Aug. 1, Grace Potter and Lake Street Dive (roots rock)
  • July 27, Primus, Dinosaur Jr and Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger (rock/indie rock)

Merrill Auditorium, Portland

  • May 8, Brit Floyd (Pink Floyd cover band)
  • May 10, Johnny Mathis (classic pop, tickets through
  • June 13, Daniel Tosh (stand-up comedy)
  • Aug. 5, Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion (NPR show)


Port City Music Hall, Portland

  • May 9, Periphery and Capture the Sun (metal)
  • May 11, Rising Appalachia (Americana)
  • May 13, Meg Myers and Wild Party (songwriter)
  • May 14, Rhett Miller (alt-country/songwriter)
  • May 18, 36 Crazyfists, Sleewave and Toothgrinder (metal)
  • May 19, Silverstein and Lions, Lions (post-hardcore)
  • May 22, Seepeoples and Vapors of Morphine (jam rock)
  • May 26, The Contortionist, Chon and Auras (prog-rock)
  • May 30, The Menzingers, Chumped and Rodger Harvey (folk punk)
  • May 31, Della Mae and Darlingside (Americana)
  • June 16, Milo Greene (indie rock)
  • June 18, Trevor Hall (reggae/rock)
  • June 21, Anti-Flag, Homeless Gospel Choir, After the Fall and Battery Steele (punk/hardcore)
  • June 23, Real Estate and William Tyler (indie rock)
  • June 25, Turquoise Jeep and Eyenine (hip hop)
  • June 26, Start Making Sense and HmfO (Talking Heads and Hall & Oates cover bands)
  • June 27, Rubblebucket and Alberta Cross (jam band)
  • June 30, Cibo Matto (hip hop/indie rock)
  • July 18, Lazerdisk (EDM)
  • July 23, Bahamas (songwriter)
  • July 25, Angel Olsen and Nathan Bowles (songwriter/indie rock)
  • July 26, Motion City Soundtrack, the Spill Canvas and Sorority Noise (emo/punk)
  • Aug. 2, Desaparacidos, the So-So Glos and Bandroids (indie rock)
  • Aug. 6, The Dean Ween Group (rock)
  • Aug. 11, Delta Spirit and Friends (roots rock)
  • Aug. 12, Mac DeMarco (indie rock)
  • Aug. 13, Dopapod and Jaw Gems (jam band/jazz)


Asylum, Portland (tickets via TicketWeb)

  • June 20, Propagandhi, Rvivir and War on Women (punk/hardcore)
  • June 23, Lower Dens (indie rock)
  • June 26, Josh Dorr (country)
  • July 5, Powerman 5000, Soil and Three Years Hollow (metal/alt-rock)
  • July 10, Mudhoney and Covered in Bees (rock)
  • July 16, Failure (alt-rock)
  • July 19, Dirty Dozen Brass Band (funk/jazz)
  • July 25, 10 Years, Nonpoint and The Family Ruin (metal)
  • Aug. 14, The Church (rock)
  • Aug. 20, Jana Kramer (country)


Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield (tickets via Stone Mountain website)

  • May 8, Alasdair Frasier and Natalie Haas (Celtic fiddle)
  • May 15, Jonathan Edwards (songwriter)
  • May 29, The Sweetback Sisters (alt-country)
  • May 30, Joe Ely (blues/country)
  • June 5, Gaelic Storm (Celtic)
  • June 11, Mavis Staples (soul)
  • June 23, Keb’ Mo’ (blues)
  • June 26, Lee Ann Womack (country)
  • June 28 and 29, Mary Chapin Carpenter (country)
  • July 1, Lucinda Williams (alt-country/songwriter)
  • July 8, Wood Brothers (jazz)
  • July 10, The Milk Carton Kids (bluegrass)
  • July 11, Steve Earle and the Dukes (alt-country)
  • July 16, Sam Bush (bluegrass)
  • July 23, Heather Masse, Jed Wilson and the Mike & Ruthy Band (Americana)
  • July 24, Paula Poundstone (stand-up comedy)
  • July 31, Tom Rush (folk singer-songwriter)
  • Aug. 7, The Warren Hood Band and the Revelers (country and cajun)
  • Aug. 12, Mandolin Orange (Americana)
  • Aug. 20, Bob Marley (stand-up comedy)
  • Aug. 21, Slaid Cleaves (songwriter)
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.