Rock Meets Ribs At Bangor's Bass Park

First of all, thanks to everyone who came to New England Ribfest on Friday. (Note: If you haven't been yet, it's one of the best concert experiences you will have.) Bass Park is a perfect spot for a show, and the food is something else. We had a great time, and we hope you did, too.

Let's start with the music. Night Ranger has been rocking for 35 years, and they really owned the Bangor stage. They covered their classics including "Don't Tell Me You Love Me," "When You Close Your Eyes," "(You Can Still) Rock In America" and, yes, "Sister Christian." (We all saw you singing along.) Plus the guys threw in a couple Damn Yankees tunes "Coming of Age" and "High Enough," from when Jack Blades played with the band. Nice.

Oh, and we have to mention the local bands who rocked all afternoon. Of course, Vinny and the guys in Dakota rocked it like the pros they are. Same goes for the Allison Ames Band. We're lucky to have those two around. And let's not forget about Ocatvia. Can Jennifer Nittolo sing, or what? The answer is yes. From start to finish, the bands delivered.

The food? It's some of the best barbecue you'll have. That goes for the big guys (who come from all over the country) and the local barbecue places. (Pro tip: The trick is you have to go both days so you can try them all.)

The place? Do you know how BIG Bass Park is? Even with thousands of people in the huge infield, you still have room to move. Plus, you can hear the music from end to end. Bring your own chair. Heck, bring a table if you want. Dance. Bring your kids. They can play in the bounce houses or just kick a ball around in an open spot on the infield before (or during) the show. You can play corn hole. Plus, parking is a cinch.

Please enjoy the photos above from Kevin Bennett. You'll see what we mean.

Lastly, here's your chance to tell us who you think we should bring up next year. Let us know, and we'll see what we can do.

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