Road Trip: Portland, Maine, Style

May 27th, 2010

The Bowery Presents and Alex Crothers of Higher Ground Presents have signed a deal to reopen the State Theatre in Portland, Maine. Lauren Wayne, a music-industry veteran and Portland local, will be general manager and lead the charge in booking. Before the venue reopens, we’ll be upgrading the interior and exterior to restore the place to its former glory. The State Theatre has been closed since 2006, which has created a void in the Portland music scene—often bands will play Boston and then Montreal while skipping Maine altogether. That will change starting this fall. Expect about 80 shows a year with a cross section of the live music we’ve been providing for years. It’s a great city and a great venue. So get ready to head north to the Pine Tree State.