BANGOR – The Waterfront Concert Series has had some big names during the past 10 years. Officials say these concerts draw many people to the area.
Ten years ago, the Waterfront Concert Series began with just seven shows. Now, the music promoter says it’s grown during the past decade.
“The last several years, it’s been closer to a 17 show per year average,” said Alex Gray, promoter for Waterfront Concerts.
Gray said the city has seen an economic boom from concert nights.
“On an average show, it’s about a million and a half dollars. And it’s about 25 million dollars annually that goes directly into the local economy,” Gray said.
According to Gray, people make the journey from all across the U.S., New England and even Canada’s Maritime Provinces. The concertgoers aren’t shy about spending money at restaurants or hotels.
“They’ll make a long weekend of it, and just stay the whole weekend. And you know, if the show’s on Thursday, they might not go back until Sunday morning,” said Brian Cotlar, director of membership and sales at the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce.
The numbers for this year aren’t out yet, but Kerrie Tripp, the executive director for the Greater Bangor Convention & Visitors Bureau, said this year’s data is trending up.
“Out of the hotel and restaurants I’ve had the opportunity to talk with, they are all reporting really great business around the concerts,” said Tripp.
Gray said the concert series is just one part of many events that draw people to the city.
“The American Folk Festival, the events that are hosted here on the Bangor waterfront regularly, the CVB Beer and Wine show, the car show, those kinds of events have made Bangor a destination,” said Gray.
With the new 40 bathrooms installed, Gray said the concert venue will continue to improve.
“It really is incumbent upon us to have better food offerings, better VIP amenities, better basic amenities,” said Gray.
The concert series caps out on September 1. Gray said the numbers will most likely be out by the end of the year.