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Lady Antebellum draws thousands to Bangor Waterfront

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BANGOR - There are thousands of country music fans in Maine and over 8,000 of them attended the Lady Antebellum concert at the Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor on Saturday night. Every one of them who could, stood to their feet the moment the country trio walked onto the stage, and they remained standing until the group's very last note. The trio, comprised of vocalists Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley along with guitar/mandolin player Dave Hayward, opened with their 2013 single "Compass" from their album 'Golden.' The song is a mix of country, blue grass and folk music all rolled into one upbeat toe-tapping number driven by the sounds of the mandolin.

"The best way to stay warm is to dance," Kelley told the crowd before the trio launched into the song "Our Kind of Love" followed by "Just a Kiss," from their 2011 album 'Own the Night.' Next, Lady Antebellum transported the crowd back in time to their first radio single, "Love Don't Live Here," during which Kelley and Scott pointed their microphones to the crowd to let them belt out the lyrics to finish the number.

"We heard there were over 8,000 here tonight and we just want to thank you all for coming out," Scott told the audience before breaking into "American Honey," a tender and reminiscent song about growing up in a simpler, less hectic world.

The trio then shared the stage with the two musicians who opened for them when they invited Joe Nichols and Billy Currington to sing alongside them to the hit, "It's a Great Day to Be Alive," a well-known song by fellow country singer Travis Tritt.

Before the night was through, Lady Antebellum preformed many of their fan's favorites including "Dancin' Away With My heart," "Downtown," "We Owned the Night" and "Bartender." The group even treated the crowd to a new song called "Freestyle" featured on their newest album '747'which is due out later this month. They waved goodbye and exited the stage after the show only to return for a brief encore that consisted of another crowd pleaser, the band's hit and the Academy of Country Music Awards 2010 song of the year, "Need You Now."

Fans walked away from the venue cheerfully singing and humming the band's tunes into the night sky, all of them eager to see the trio return to Maine again very soon.

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