I’ve seen The Maine many times before. Last time I went to their show, I wrote about how maybe a concert is just an excuse for the feeling of nostalgia. I was back on the hunt last night and got closer to finding that bliss of nostalgia.

The show last night was a free show. How cool is that? A free freaking show! My bank account was definitely happy about that. My anxiety was not. I was worried that I wasn’t going to get in because I had to work all day and it was first come first served. I was so worried that I got my name on the guest list just in case. I was stunned when I got there ten minutes before the music started and it wasn’t at capacity. I think that people had the same mind set that I did… there was no way they were going to get in because of work. I felt so bad for the kids that had been waiting in line since 11AM (the show didn’t start until 7:45).

I honestly wasn’t super stoked about going to the show last night. Not only was I freaking out about being able to get in or not but I figured, being it was a free show, The Maine would get up on stage, play their newest release, American Candy, from front to back and then get off the stage. I could not have been more wrong. They played everything! They played, what seemed to be, every song off American Candy along with the songs I had been dying to hear that took me right back to my high school years.

The crowd was tame and disappointing but the energy coming from the stage was unreal. Even if The Maine is not your favorite band and you can’t stand pop-punk boy bands, you can not deny that they have great interaction with the audience and make you feel like you’re the only one in the crowd. John O’Callaghan, the singer, kept checking in with the crowd to make sure everyone was okay. I know bands do that all the time but when he does it, it truly feels like it’s just you and him on a coffee date. A girl can dream right?!

Everything about last night was calm and chill. The opening band, Beach Weather, was awesome. The Maine sounded great. Nothing happened during the show. There were no fights, nothing really to note. Usually I would chalk that up to a boring and bad night. Last night was anything but boring and bad. It was chill and I had a great time.

I’ve been on the hunt for that feeling of nostalgia for a couple months now. I got that and more last night.

Line Up:

Beach Weather

The Maine

Venue: Mill City Nights

Sausage Fest Meter- 1 out of 10

Average Age of the Crowd- 20 somethings

Crowd Surfers- None

Spotted Flying Through The Sky- Nothing

Broken Bones- None

Drunkards Taken Out By Security- None

Found in the Pit- What pit?