If you happened to be in attendance during Shinedown's sold out performance at the Cross Insurance Arena on Monday night, you know the band brought an extra level of energy and enthusiasm to the show. Perhaps that's because the band officially has a love affair with Portland, Maine. During the concert, guitarist Zach Myers proclaimed that the band has spent many off-days over the past several years in Portland because they 'love the city', including spending Easter Sunday this year roaming the streets of Maine's largest city. Where did they go? Here's what we know:

On the Hunt for Lobster

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Shinedown officially hails from Jacksonville, Florida, so naturally their first thought when visiting the great state of Maine was to grab themselves some lobster. During Monday's performance, Myers mentioned that they've had a favorite spot for years in the Old Port to grab a lobster dinner. That place? Gilbert's Chowder House. Unfortunately, during their visit this year, Gilbert's didn't have any lobster dinners for a very hungry group. So, the band pivoted and visited another notable Portland establishment that has seen plenty of celebrities over the years.

A Hearty Meal at J's Oyster

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Locals know that J's Oyster is a place where anyone can go at any time of the day and nobody blinks an eye. Whether you're sitting at the bar in the three-piece suit or a pair of overalls, J's is just a place where people convene for good food and drinks. Shinedown found their lobster dinners at J's, and probably a little more than that. Whatever was on the tab that day, the band left smiling and satisfied.

It Wasn't Just the Food in Portland

Perhaps one of the more underrated aspects of a day trip in Portland is all of the unique shops that fill the streets in the Old Port. A skateboard shop on Exchange Street called Mocean caught the eye of band members, and they spent some time (and dough) inside the eclectic establishment.

Shinedown's Love for Maine Was Reciprocated

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The capacity show at the Cross Insurance Arena on Monday was a love letter from Maine back to the veteran rock band. Shinedown has planned their tours in recent years to include an off-day in Maine because they enjoy the state so much. It's become a common theme with other major rock acts as well. Portland's reputation as a great food city with plenty to see and do in the summer has led both musicians and comedians to plan for an extra day in the city.


 

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