The Bowery Presents and concert promoter Alex Crothers will reopen Portland, ME’s State Theatre. The historic theater closed in 2006 after undergoing a number of renovations over the years. Crothers and The Bowery Presents will remodel the theater and reopen it for approximately 80 shows a year.
The Bowery Presents currently books or co-books New York venues such as Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom, Terminal 5, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bowl and Webster Hall, among others. The company recently expanded to present shows in New Jersey, Boston and upstate New York, as well as larger venues throughout New York City. Crothers is a co-owner of South Burlington, VT’s Higher Ground and produces other events throughout New England, including Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival. Both promoters have roots in the Phish and jamband worlds but have helped launch a new generation of indie bands.
“Until Alex brought us this opportunity, we hadn’t envisioned expanding into Maine,” The Bowery Presents’ Jim Glancy said in a statement. “But once we visited Portland and toured the State Theatre, we fell in love with the City and saw the potential in the theatre that will appeal to Portland’s creative community.”
The 2,000-plus person venye has hosted Bob Dylan, Wilco, Modest Mouse, Gillian Welch, David Byrne, Interpol, Snoop Dogg, Ray LaMontagne, Sonic Youth, John Hiatt.