Everyone remembers their first concert. Mine was Peter, Paul and Mary in the late 1980s (yeah, my parents are pretty cool).

Then, as time goes on, we see more concerts, each one carving out a little space in our memory. We can recall the shows that drove us to tears or the ones when we skipped out early. We reminisce about the amazing things we saw and did. Sometimes we dance around with friends, other times we deliberately lose ourselves in the anonymity of a large, swaying crowd.

Whatever the genre, live music brings people together in a way that celebrates both our individuality and our sociability.

My most recent experience with live music was at the last Waterville Rocks! concert, and it was dazzling. These free concerts in Castonguay Square, hosted by the Opera House, have found a perfect balance between captivating entertainment and small-town charm. The atmosphere is lovely, with the music echoing loudly off of the surrounding buildings, but not so loud as to drown out the sound of children giggling in the grass. The next show is Friday, July 27, 6-8 p.m.

This summer, I urge you to go out and experience some of the amazing live music that central Maine has to offer. Thanks to the artistic efforts of organizations like Waterville Creates!, Waterville Opera House, The Snow Pond Center for the Arts, and many more, there are opportunities everywhere to see musicians practicing and enjoying their craft. Whether it’s a touring band in a fancy theater, a local group in your favorite pub, or a free, community-sponsored event, the experience is sure to be entertaining and memorable.

Emilienne Ouellette

box office manager

Waterville Opera House

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