By Carol McCracken (Post # 2,249)
Ingrid Michaelson, a New York-based indie pop singer-songwriter will perform on Sunday, June 28th at Thompson’s Point. The concert begins at 5:30 pm and is the kick-off in a series of summer concerts scheduled for the newly created venue according to a press release issued by Lauren Wayne, general manager of the State Theatre. Michaelson’s most recent album, released last year, is LIGHTS OUT.
Tickets go on sale on Friday, March 27, at 10:00 am. You may purchase them in person at the Cross Insurance Center box office, charge by telephone at 800-745-3000, or online at www.statetheatreportland.com, Tickets are $30. in advance and $35. the same day. The Thompson’s Point outdoor venue is located on the southern tip of the Point, adjacent to the recently restored section of the Union Station platform shed that was moved there in the 1960s. Thompson’s Point will have an initial capacity of 5,000 for concerts and festivals. It’s within close proximity to downtown Portland, and the venue will be linked to Portland Trails for easy walking and biking access to it
.Four years ago next month, (April 28th) the Thompson’s Point Development group unveiled its plans for a $100 M mixed-use development on the roughly 25 acre site of blighted land next to the Fore River. Portland’s Transportation Center and the Portland Jetport. Representing the three at the city hall press conference was Jon Jennings, then president of the Maine Red Claws. One of the original reasons for building here was to construct a facility that could accommodate the growing audience for the Claws. Jennings told the assembled that construction was to have begun the winter of 2012 with completion by the fall of 2013. Jennings is currently Assistant City Manager for the City of South Portland.
“I’m very excited to start announcing other scheduled concerts for Thompson’s Point this summer,” said Wayne, in an email. She is credited with bringing the English band Mumford & Sons to the Eastern Promenade in 2012. About 15,000 people attended that event.