Jelly Roll Brings ‘Backroad Baptism 2023’ Tour to Bangor
The "Backroad Baptism 2023" Tour rolled into town Saturday night, setting the Maine Savings Amphitheater ablaze with performances from Struggle Jennings, Elle King, and, of course, Jelly Roll.
Kicking off the tour's Bangor stop was Struggle Jennings, a charismatic performer with an illustrious musical lineage. As the grandson of instrumental rock guitarist Duane Eddy and country legend Jessi Colter, and the nephew of Shooter Jennings, Struggle Jennings’ unique blend of southern charm and eccentric stage presence, alongside his rocking band, had the Bangor Waterfront hyped up and ready for more.
Following Struggle Jennings, the stage was taken over by Elle King. Known for her unique style and undeniable charm, she didn't disappoint. From the moment she stepped into the spotlight, Elle exuded an aura of “cool.” It’s difficult to find the right words to describe what made her so cool. Perhaps it was her effortless charisma, or the way she connected with the audience on a personal level. Whatever it was, there was no denying that Elle King had a magnetic presence that left a lasting impression on all fortunate enough to witness her live.The audience was treated to a delightful fusion of blues and upbeat melodies as she delivered crowd favorites like "Ex's and Oh's" and "Tulsa." Elle King concluded her set with the anthemic "Drunk (and I Don’t Wanna Go Home)."
And then came the moment everyone had been waiting for - the heart and soul of the Backroad Baptism Tour. Having wowed the audience in Mansfield, MA the night before, Jelly Roll's arrival in Bangor was highly anticipated, and he did not disappoint. Commanding the stage at the Maine Savings Amphitheater, Jelly Roll's performance was nothing short of a spiritual experience.
For those who have never been to a Jelly Roll concert, it truly lived up to his description of "going to church," although I’ve never been to a church like this before. His talent knew no bounds as he showcased an incredible vocal range that left the Queen City of the East in awe.
Taking the audience on a journey through his rich discography, Jelly Roll's heartfelt lyrics resonated with fans on a profound level. He effortlessly weaved between hard-hitting rap verses and soulful melodies, leaving no doubt about the depth of his musical prowess.
Next on the bill was the emotional and passionate Jelly Roll. From the moment he stepped on stage, it was evident that he was taken aback by the sheer enthusiasm of the Maine crowd. The love and support from his fans clearly meant the world to him, and it was heartwarming to see an artist so deeply connected to his music and audience.
Throughout his performance, Jelly Roll wore his heart on his sleeve, displaying raw emotions that resonated with everyone present. The impact he had on the audience was profound, as he truly understood the power of his music to touch lives and evoke emotions. At one point, he brought his wife, Bunnie XO, on stage, further demonstrating the closeness he shares with his fans.
Jelly Roll's setlist was a perfect blend of his well-loved classics and exciting new tracks. The crowd sang along passionately, making the atmosphere electric and filled with infectious energy. The night reached its peak as Jelly Roll concluded with the poignant song "Save Me," leaving a profound impact on everyone in the venue.
Jelly Roll bid farewell to Maine, but there's no rest for the wickedly talented, as he's set to perform at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH on Tuesday.
Who knows, there’s a lot of time between now and Tuesday. I wonder if Jelly Roll will take some time to explore Bangor or its bakeries during his downtime.