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Sting to play in Bangor; UMaine study confirms concerts' economic impact

A week after the University of Maine released a study showing that Bangor's Waterfront Concerts have had an economic impact of more than $30 million over the last three years, the concert promoter for Waterfront Concerts announced one the venue's biggest acts yet: Sting.1-23-sting-bangor
Lead singer of the six-time Grammy-winning 1980s band, The Police, with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers, and successful solo artist with 13 solo albums, Sting will perform as part of the Back on Bass tour Thursday, June 20 at Bangor Waterfront Pavilion. Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 1. Tickets range from $63.25 to $103.25.
"He's as big as it gets as musicians go," said Alex Gray, promoter for Waterfront Concerts.
"It's a big show, we're very excited to have it," he said.
Bangor Waterfront Pavilion boasts a seating capacity of approximately 12,800, although the capacity changes depending on the scaling of the event.
"We have the ability to scale it up or scale it down," Gray said.
Gray said his staff was deluged with calls by people wanting to buy tickets.
"It's definitely one of the biggest acts to play Maine," he said.
Sting is expected to perform many of his greatest hits, stripped down, with a five-piece band, according to the promotional materials.
On Monday, Jan. 14, findings from a new study by University of Maine professor of economics Todd Gabe regarding the economic impact of Waterfront Concerts were presented to the Bangor City Council.
The impact was about $18.6 million in local spending by concertgoers, with an additional $11.8 million in indirect spending since 2010, according to Gabe. The concerts attracted more than 200,000 people to the Bangor Waterfront Pavilion and supported an average of 160 local jobs per year — with an employment high of 252 jobs in 2012. Gabe's study showed that the economic impact increased substantially in each of the last three years that Waterfront Concerts has staged outdoor performances — the direct economic infusion was almost $3 million in 2010, $5.8 million in 2011 and $9.8 million in 2012. Direct spending and indirect expenditures combined for each of the three years amounted to $4.9 million, $9.6 million and almost $16 million, respectively.
The analysis is based on taxable lodging and restaurant spending figures from Maine Revenue Services, ticket sales information provided by Waterfront Concerts, and data on overnight visitor spending from the Maine Office of Tourism. The concert series has featured 41 concerts since 2010 with such international performers as Toby Keith, Journey, Lynard Skynard and Bob Dylan, the university noted.
For details on the study, visit http://umaine.edu/news/blog/category/research. For more about the Sting Back on Bass concert, visit http://waterfrontconcerts.com.

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