Athens, OH 10 November 2018 –
Aside from being an engineering student, I frequently attend concerts, many of which are for a band called The Maine.
I started listening to The Maine in 7th grade and have been following them ever since, from concerts on the East Coast to a cactus-framed festival in the southwestern desert.
Last month, my sister and I traveled to Silver Spring, Maryland for a ‘funeral’ concert which was a farewell to their latest album, ‘Lovely Little Lonely’.
My sister and I made a trip out of the weekend and explored the city of Silver Spring as well as the University of Maryland (where my sister is planning on conducting her post-doc research after she finishes her PhD).
n Saturday night, we got dressed up in our red attire (since the album’s theme was red, the show was a ‘red out’) and made our way to the venue. Lined up outside the venue were hundreds of people all dressed in red, many of whom had traveled across the country and even a few who traveled from all over the world! Like a funeral procession, we entered the venue, leaving roses to pay our respects to the end of an era.
By the time The Maine came on, the sold-out venue was packed full of 2000 fans from around the world. The band played 19 songs spanning their entire discography with the crowd singing along to every word.
After the show, I talked with members of the band and met with friends who I knew from years of these shows. Even after 23 shows over 8 years, the feeling I get at these shows never changes. The way my heart leaps when they come on stage, the happiness I feel when I see a familiar face, and the feeling of home no matter where I am; it makes the sleep deprivation, midnight project sessions, and all the school stress that come after completely worth it.