Arts + Culture

Live Music at Thompson's Point

With every show announced, people are becoming more and more excited about the summer concert series and live music at Thompson's Point, the new music venue in Portland, Maine. Thompson's Point, run by the State Theater, is an outdoor arena located on a recently redeveloped piece of land overlooking Portland's Fore River. And it's quickly becoming known as one of the best places to see live music in Southern Maine.

Live Music at Thompson's Point

Last year's line up brought big acts like The Lumineers, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Ray Lamontagne. Once the concert announcements for live music at Thompson's Point began earlier this year, everyone knew it was going to be a epic summer. This year's summer concert series kicks off on Memorial Day weekend with British indie electronic group The xx. Big names coming to Thompson's Point include The Shins, My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, Wilco, Guster, and Alabama Shakes.

The appeal of Thompson's Point goes beyond the open air arena—it's the beautiful sunset over the river, the cooling breeze at dusk, and the lush grass underfoot. There's local beer on tap (while Sierra Nevada is the beer stand's sponsor, they partner with a local brewery each show) and a row of food trucks along the waterfront. Even when you're surrounded by 5,000 fellow concertgoers, it's easy to feel like you're at the coolest backyard barbecue ever.

Thompson's Point is a short drive from our Portland boutique hotel, Pomegranate Inn. We recommend heading out for the concert early, since traffic can be an issue and Ubers and Lyfts can become scarce. Plus, you'll be able to stop in for a drink beforehand at Stroudwater Distillery, Bissell Brothers Brewing, or Cellardoor Winery. You won't want to miss the live music at Thompson's Point in Portland this summer.