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Road Trip to See The Maine

Maggie Allen

Maggie Allen,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 12 November 2019

For the long weekend, a friend and I traveled to Buffalo, NY and Toronto, ON to see my favorite band, The Maine. I was unable to make the Cleveland show, so we decided to make a trip out of it! After the concerts, we stayed an extra day in Toronto to explore the city and do touristy activities like going up the CN tower and seeing Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls

Toronto

Before the concerts in Buffalo and Toronto, we got dressed up in our gold outfits (the tour had a gold theme) and took pictures in the photobooth the band had set up before the concert.

The Maine

his tour is called ‘The Mirror’, so on-stage stood a mirror-like screen that displayed videos and lyrics throughout the concert. Everyone brought yellow flowers and threw them on stage during the last song, Flowers on The Grave. After the show, I also chatted with members of the band.

The Maine

Toronto was my 30th The Maine show, and the concert in Buffalo marked the 9th state I’ve seen them in. It’s crazy to think that a band I found in middle school would remain such a big part of my life until college.

Even after all this time, going to their shows brings me the same amount of happiness and excitement. This band has allowed me to travel to places I never would’ve thought, have given me a sense of belonging, and have provided me with an escape from the stressful world of school.

A Concert before Break

Jelena Mrvos

Jelena Mrvos,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 6 March 2019

As the spring break approaches, I have found my work load is steadily increasing, as per usual. Most professors are cramming midterms in before the halfway point of the year, and senior design is in full effect. Often, this time of year can be very stressful, so I think it’s important to take a mental break every once in a while. This time, I went to a concert last Saturday night in Columbus!

The show was Vince Staples, with JPEGMAFIA opening. I went with two friends and fellow ambassadors, Lydia and Quinn! We drove up Saturday evening, and came back later that night. Lydia has friends in Columbus, so we met up with them and attended the concert all together. It was fun to be able to hang out with her high school friends!

Both Vince Staples and JPEG make hip-hop/rap music. The concert was very high energy, and a great way to take my mind off of school! For its entirety, we did not stop dancing. Vince Staples ended the concert by playing an old performance of a fellow rapper and his late friend, Mac Miller. Mac is from Pittsburgh, like me, so I have always had a soft spot for him and thoroughly enjoy his music. It was a little bit of a sad way to end a concert, but I appreciated Vince’s gesture. Overall, it was a really fun night, and I’m glad I attended the concert with friends to take my mind off school for a few hours.

Visiting Arizona

Maggie Allen

Maggie Allen,
Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 23 January 2019

Weekend Trip to Arizona
Last weekend I traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, with my mom and some of my best friends to go to a music festival called 8123 fest. The friends that accompanied me on the journey are people that I had met over the years at concerts across Ohio. One of the girls on the trip I met over five years ago and have since traveled to many concerts with in many different states.

8123 Fest

The weekend in Arizona consisted of many music-related events including the festival itself. During the weekend there were three concerts, one each day of the weekend. I got to see some of my favorite bands such as The Maine, The Technicolors, This Century, and Real Friends.

The craziest thing about this festival, and the weekend as a whole, was that there were 5,000 people in attendance and at one point during the festival, the lead singer of The Maine asked how many people were not from Arizona and almost all the hands in the crowd went up. People traveled from across the country, and across the world, to experience this festival and to see their friends from across the globe.

The longer I go to The Maine shows, the more it becomes a ‘family reunion’ rather than a concert. The sense of community and sight of a familiar face brings me so much joy and to have that while seeing my favorite band is an indescribable feeling.

Arizona

We also explored some of the beautiful nature in Arizona including Camelback Mountain and Papago Park. The mountains, the cacti, and the sunsets were so breathtaking and along with the beautiful weather, I never wanted to come back home. Seeing my favorite band in my favorite state was such a blissful experience and I hope someday that I can call Arizona my home.

Winter Break Road Trip

Jelena Mrvos

Jelena Mrvos,
Senior, Mechanical Engineering

Athens, OH 17 January 2019

Over the past winter break, I took a road trip to Toronto, Canada! I went with a former ambassador and dear friend, Jane, and her roommate Olivia. We went for a Mumford and Sons concert, as they are on tour for their most recent album. They are a British band that began as a folk outfit but have morphed into more of an alternative rock group over the years.

I have been a loyal listener since first discovering the band on Pandora after the release of their first record. I have seen them once before, on the tour following their sophomore album

Though they are making stops in Columbus and Pittsburgh in March, we wanted to attend this show because of the opener. Her name is Maggie Rogers, and she is a relatively new artist, just now beginning to see her rise to fame.

She was first discovered after a video of Pharrell listening to her original song went viral. Since then, she has released a small LP, and struck up a friendship with the members of Mumford and Sons. She joined them for just a few shows, and the show in Toronto was the closest one to us here in Athens. Maggie makes music that can best be described as a fusion between folk and dance music. She is incredibly talented vocally and stays true to her unique sound!

The show was definitely worth the five-hour drive from Pittsburgh (where I live). Maggie was a fantastic performer live, as she sounds exactly like her recordings. She played most of her repertoire, as well as a sneak peak of her new record that has since been released.

Mumford and Sons played a solid mixture of tunes from the most recent album, as well as older hits. My favorite part of the show was during the encore, when the band brought Maggie back out to sing one of their oldest songs with them. I’ve heard them collaborate before, on YouTube. But experiencing it live was something I’ll never forget!

My trip to Maryland to See a Band Called “The Maine”

Maggie Allen

Maggie Allen,
Junior, Mechanical Engineering

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’.

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.

Lovely Little Lonely

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.

Lovely Little Lonely

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.