On Saturday, August 4, Portland was treated to some of the most talented women-fronted bands of our time, and if you didn't make it, I've got you covered. This is the show I've been waiting for all summer long, and it delivered!

This was my first show at the Maine State Pier, and the weather had been predicting storms off and on for the past week, but walking in during New Years Day's set, it had been holding off well and clear as day, and you could hear Ash Costello siren over the bay.

Being a noob to NYD (I know, judge me because I totally deserve it), I was in and ready for the show.

Kristen Farrington, Townsquare Media
Kristen Farrington, Townsquare Media

After a quick rain shower, the evening weather cleared just in time for In This Moment. I've been waiting for years to see ITM live, known for having intense theatrical performances.

The "Black Widow," herself, along side two body double performers and of course her ultra-talented metal bandmates put on a show that appeared like second nature, totally effortless. Maria Brink was in a constant flow of motion, hardly any backing vocals and her voice was perfection.

In This Moment

Halestorm, oh man. I've heard so many awesome things about seeing them live so this was overdue. By this time, the Pier was packed solid, and Maine was ready. If there's one thing I can say, Lzzy Hale is pure rock goddess on the stage.

Playing a lot of their new works from "Vicious," they took a breather while Arejay Hale killed a drum solo. Between the lights and the rapid drum beat, he could barely be seen.

After a few acoustic songs, Lzzy stated they weren't playing the encore game where they leave and come back; I think we can all appreciate that. Now encores are built into concerts, and really, we know when the lights are out, that's the end.

Halestorm, Maine State Pier 2018

What female-fronted bands would you like to see come to Portland? 1 vote for The Distillers!

Congrats, again to all of our Halestorm meet and greet winners!!

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