My husband and I tried something new this past Valentine’s Day. We went to Port City Music Hall in Portland to listen to a Bruce Springsteen tribute band: Bruce in the USA. We’ve both been huge fans of Bruce for a long time, and have been fortunate enough to have seen him on many of his tours, but we weren’t sure what to expect from a cover band and I was a little nervous. In my hesitation, I waited until the morning of Valentine’s day to actually buy our tickets which meant we paid more for them. This didn’t sit well with my coupon loving soul but what can you do? It was my own fault.
It was the first time we had ever been to Port City Music Hall and the venue was great. It’s a large open space and, other than a small VIP seating area off the left, it was a standing room, general admissions event. I’m not sure if all their shows are setup the same way or not. I’ve read online that for some of their events, such as a comedy show, they do put out seats. But for this rocking evening, it was VIP or standing room. We were standing.
We arrived when the doors opened at 6:00 pm. There was a large bar area so we grabbed a couple of beers. My husband was happy that they had some local brews on tap. Because we arrived so early, we were able to find a really great “standing” location to hang out at for the show. It was next to the VIP section, and there was a counter area where we could put down our beers which was a nice bonus, and we were close to the stage. It’s a small, intimate space.
Once the show started, the energy picked up. The lead singer really did sound like Bruce making it easy to get into the songs. Not that it’s ever hard for me to sign along to a Springsteen song. They played a great set with a lot of our favorites. I can see why they advertise themselves as the number one tribute to Springsteen and the E Street band.
A random note about the venue. There was a coat check available for $2.00. It was nice not to have to hang onto our coats during the show. This was especially handy as we were there in February.
I had been a little unsure about the show before we went, but I’m really glad that we did. It was a fantastic show and a fun way to spend Valentine’s day. I also highly recommend the venue. Have you ever gone to see a cover band? Did you enjoy it?
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|Port City Music Hall||504 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101|
|Website||Port City Music Hall|
|Bruce in the USA||Tour Schedule|
|Favorite ♥ Song||Out In The Street|
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