Is there ANYTHING as fun, exciting, and memorable as seeing a cool live music show? Bob Marley once said, “One thing good about music: When it hits you, you feel no pain.” If that’s a thought that brings a knowing smile to your lips … and if you live in the Augusta, Maine area … you’re in luck! Our area is more and more becoming a mecca for people who love great cultural and musical experiences, and the live music scene around here has never been better. The next time you want to catch some great live music, here are 4 places we think you’ll enjoy!
Home to a wide array of great events since 1973, the Augusta Civic Center has welcomed everything from conventions to sporting events to corporate events to expositions and trade shows to its inviting interior. Considered one of THE major destinations in Maine for touring musicians, the Civic Center has hosted unforgettable live music shows by everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Aerosmith to Phish to Pearl Jam to—yes, even Elvis. Upcoming shows include the chart-topping, GRAMMY Award®-winning CCM band Casting Crows on April 28 at 7 p.m. 76 Community Drive, Augusta
Previously known as the Raging Bull Saloon, the Whiskey Kitchen is a popular and cozy eatery/pub located right in the heart of historic downtown Augusta. Featuring an extensive whiskey and specialty-drink menu and delicious comfort food, the Whiskey Kitchen’s vibe-y ambiance is reminiscent of an old country saloon. Showcasing fun-filled Thursday night karaoke, the venue regularly features live music sets from such Maine-based artists as Patrick Shepherd, John Buffalo, and Garrett Holt. 228 Water Street, Augusta
You’ll experience the luck of the Irish when you catch a live music show at this inviting neighborhood pub. Good drinks (23 beers on tap) + good food (traditional Irish meals and more) + good music add up to a warm and appealing vibe, complemented by live music shows by local artists such as John Hasnip, and Irish music most Friday nights. 18 Bridge Street, Augusta
Just 20 miles north of Augusta via I-95, the Waterville Opera House has been bringing world-class entertainment to central Maine since 1902. The venue has hosted countless plays, films, musicals, dancers, poets, circuses, and more. Since 1960 it has also offered a continuous string of great live music performances, including performances by everyone from Graham Nash to Joan Baez to LeAnn Rimes to ani defranco to Keb Mo. Upcoming concerts include The Sixties Show (April 22), Bela Fleck (May 7), and Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey (formerly of Peter, Paul, and Mary) on July 1. 93 Main Street, Waterville
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