Jason Aldean, High Noon Neon Tour, Bangor’s Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, May 27, 2018

Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, Bangor, Maine, opened its 2018 summer concert season with a big night of country music. This genre is heavy on this year’s line up so get out your boots and let the Jack start hitting the Coke. First up: Jason Aldean’s High Noon Neon Tour.

Opening the night was Lauren Alaina. Her song, “Three,” says it all – “daddy said…all you gotta do is sing your heart out” – and she does. What a set of pipes! Charming and fun, the crowd loved her, for good reason, and seemed to know every word. A special shout out to Nathan, her “Next Boyfriend,” whose dance moves may have surprised Alaina as much as the rest of us. Country music will be happy to hear a lot more from this young woman.

Luke Combs, up next, kept the energy going. Again, a big old voice soars out of this singer. He brings his sound just ever so slightly back to the golden age of 90s classic country, and what a breath of fresh air that is. Smooth and easy with the crowd, as well as his band, Combs kept the fans singing for a fantastic ten song set before wrapping up with his hit, “Hurricane.” More country than twang, Combs and his band nailed it.

Returning to Bangor’s Waterfront for the third time, Jason Aldean always pulls in thousands of fans. No wonder he is enjoying an Entertainer of the Year winning spree. With the crowd already in high gear, Aldean took off with “Getting Warmed Up” and continued to tick through a long set stuffed with many of his number one hits.

Talkative and energetic, Aldean gave the crowd his signature sound that mixes heavy rock guitar work with Southern and country elements for a driving, party-bent vibe. Heavy on the whiskey, love, late nights on dirt roads, and the eventual break up, Aldean’s music translates to anyone wanting to kick back and let loose. As always, highlights included “My Kinda Party” and “She’s Country” before wrapping up with “Hicktown.” Bangor will undoubtedly see more of Aldean in the future.

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