Cumberland County Civic Center

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Gilding the turd

The issues surrounding the Cumberland County Civic Center's potential refurbishing remind me of the problems people face when they drive piece-of-shit cars.
Balls, pucks and monster trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  October 07, 2011

Dane Cook at the Cumberland County Civic Center

Dane Cook, a rock of a different consistency, performs tonight at the Cumberland County Civic Center (45 Spring St.) for anywhere between $35 and $70....
By webteam  |  November 03, 2010

Sheryl Crow at the Cumberland County Civic Center

If you're not going north, you'll miss the fair's manure toss. However, Sheryl Crow - a full six albums removed from Leaving Las Vegas -...
By webteam  |  September 21, 2010

Fall Music Preview: Stay positive

The face of the local nightlife landscape undergoes a major change in the form of a renewal this autumn, as the State Theatre’s exhaustively maligned absence ends on October 15, with 10 fall concerts on their docket already. But that’s not the only new v
The local concert calendar is filled to capacity
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 17, 2010

40 years of heroes + villains

Turning 40 this week spurred me to compile the greatest sports moments witnessed with my own eyes during (what I hope is) the first half of my life.
Balls, pucks and monster trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  August 13, 2010

Daughtry + Lifehouse at Cumberland County Civic Center

A publicist called and asked if I'd write about Daughtry and Lifehouse at Cumberland County Civic Center tonight. I couldn't help but laugh.
By webteam  |  June 16, 2010


There is Pirate news, and not just that Penelope Cruz will star in the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie as Blackbeard’s daughter. No, there is Portland Pirate news.
Balls, Pucks, & Monster Trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  March 26, 2010

Carrie Underwood at the Civic Center

One of the few decent things to come from our American Idolized world, Carrie Underwood, takes over downtown Portland with a show at the Cumberland...
By webteam  |  March 10, 2010

Slam Dunk Season

Back in the fall of 2008, WJAB sports guy Chris Sedenka hosted Red Claws bigwigs Jon Jennings and Bill Ryan Jr. on his afternoon radio show. They were solidifying their plan to bring an NBA development league basketball team to Portland, Maine, a schem
How the Red Claws took Portland by storm
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 05, 2010

Photos: Phish at Cumberland County Civic Center

Live at Phish's 2009 Fall Tour stop in Portland
Phish, live at the Cumberland County Civic Center on November 29, 2009
By SCOTT HOLT  |  December 04, 2009

Ghost stories

For all of the excitement that surrounded Wilco on the Maine State Pier or Sufjan Stevens at Port City Music Hall or the various sold-out Ray LaMontagne shows of the past year, there is no question that last Sunday's Phish show at the Cumberland County
Phish return to Portland, and the crowds throng
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 04, 2009


Greater Portland’s under some hippie-utopian version of martial law today, as most events seem to revolve around today’s (obviously) sold out PHISH concert at Cumberland...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  November 25, 2009

Kelly Clarkson + Eric Hutchinson

Pop superstar, American Idol victor, and unlikely hipster favorite Kelly Clarkson is at Cumberland County Civic Center at 7:30 pm, with Eric Hutchinson. Tickets run...
By webteam  |  September 30, 2009

Stars aligned

The days are growing shorter, the magazines are (well, barely) getting larger and meatier, and the first batch of cider doughnuts is on the way real soon: all sure signs of autumn, as is the bountiful crop of prestigious concerts coming our way this se
Cult heroes and superstars dot the region's fall concert calendar
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 18, 2009

Pedal to the Metal

  The heavy/nu-metal "Pedal to the Metal" tour rolls into the Cumberland County Civic Center at 6 pm, with headliners Mudvayne joined by Black Label...
By webteam  |  July 22, 2009


What got spilled on the floor of the Frank Fixaris Memorial Press Box to make it stickier than glue-based rodent traps?
Balls, pucks, and monster trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  April 23, 2008


Behind the mask

In a city where secrets are few and far between this one has lasted. And lasted.
What we don’t know about the Valentine’s Phantom — and why that’s a good thing
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 13, 2008

Portland scene report: February 8, 2008

Anybody catch their January 25 appearance at the Battle of the Bands?
Sibilance starts now

Bob Dylan

It was like waking up next to someone and realizing that he’s simply no longer the man you fell in love with.
Music seen at the Cumberland County Civic Center, October 4, 2007
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 10, 2007

The King is dead (and rich)

It was 30 years ago next Thursday.
Long live Elvis’s ghost
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 08, 2007

Icky stunt

For a band as image-conscious as the White Stripes, it’s notable how little they’ve given their fans in the way of ideology.
The White Stripes keep it transitional
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 18, 2007


Park it

If you believe the Portlanders who worked on the Olympia Companies proposal for redeveloping the Maine State Pier, the competition between their outfit and Ocean Properties is simple.
Both proposals for the Maine State Pier are missing something big
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 08, 2007

Dome's debut show a hit

Ever since the State Theatre shut its doors, there has been a gaping void in Portland’s live-music scene.
By TODD HEBERT  |  November 29, 2006

Dome a home for music

With the demise of the State Theatre, traveling bands looking for a mid-sized venue have been stymied.
New venue
By MEAGHAN DONAGHY  |  October 18, 2006

Ugly Portland

It’s summertime. That means the air is sauna-thick; the sidewalks are clogged with three parts tourists, one part locals; and your favorite bag of choice is now a fanny pack. Slideshow: ugly Portland View our map of ugly Portland (Illustration by
According to national rankings, we live in a terrific city for entrepreneurs, a great place to raise kids, and – ahem – one of the most perfect spots in the country. But let’s not get too arrogant.
By SARA DONNELLY  |  July 26, 2006
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Get ready for summer, punks

What has already been an active year on the local scene only ramps up for summer.
Releases from Pete Kilpatrick, Emilia Dahlin + Subject Bias are just the beginning
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 14, 2006

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Bands' best

We all have killer stories about our best nights out in Portland, but now is not the time for your stories.
Local musicians select their bands' top performances
By AMY MARTIN  |  February 23, 2006
WGME TJI list photo (Portland 1/20/06)

Sinclair may have violated state law

A union attorney is investigating allegations that Sinclair Broadcast Group failed to obey a Maine law requiring employers to pay workers within eight days of the close of a pay period.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 19, 2006

Doin’ it live

The winter concert scene’s got something for everybody, from Averi to Zakir Hussain. Okay, I couldn’t resist that bit of alphabetical hackery, but it’s true.
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  January 09, 2006