Phish performs at the Bangor waterfront in June of 2019. Credit: Gabor Degre / BDN

Beloved jam band Phish will return to Bangor for its third appearance on the waterfront this summer, according to Waterfront Concerts.

The Vermont-based quartet will perform at the Maine Savings Amphitheater on Saturday, July 16. Tickets, starting at $49.50, go on sale to the general public via Ticketmaster on March 5.

Phish last performed at the Bangor venue, formerly known as the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion, in 2019 and in 2013 before that. But the band has a long history in the state of Maine, stretching all the way back to when they were a cult favorite New England band, playing shows at college campuses across the region, including at the University of Maine in Orono and at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, both in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Among the most famous moments of Phish’s nearly 40-year career were the three festivals the band played in Maine in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The Great Went, held at Loring Air Force Base in Aroostook County in August 1997, attracted more than 75,000 people, featured the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, and was the highest grossing rock concert in the U.S. of 1997. Lemonwheel, held at Loring in August 1998, attracted 60,000 people, and “It” again attracted more than 60,000 people to Loring in 2003.

Phish’s July concert in Bangor, part of its 34-date summer tour across North America, joins four other previously announced concerts on the Waterfront for the first full summer concert season since 2019. They include Keith Urban on July 23, the Foo Fighters on July 27, Jason Aldean on Sept. 10 and REO Speedwagon and Styx on Sept. 18. More concerts will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.