Concert Review: The Maine and Friends, Tuesday, July 16 at The Beacham

In support of their latest album “Forever Halloween”, rock band The Maine  made their way to Orlando for the “8123 Tour”; alongside fellow rock band bands and good friends A Rocket to the Moon, Brighten, and This Century.

It was a busy day for the rock group out of  Tempe Ariz., who recently left their major label deal to work independently under management company 81 Twenty Three — hosting a free acoustic performance earlier in the day at Park Ave CD’s where they did a meet-and-greet before they had to attend their first interview on the day. (Be on the lookout for our interview with the group coming soon.)

With only a few dates left in the North America segment of the tour — it’ s like God knew how sad the band was joked lead singer John O’Callaghan — noting the rain was symbolic that god felt the same way as the band. This storm did not stop fans from showing up early as the line to The Beacham was wrapped around the corner an hour before the venue doors opened.

Although this was the first time the band has played at The Beacham, they were no strangers to the cold building catching a RX Bandit show the night before.

Decked out in a white “I Met God, She’s Black” tanktop, front-man O’Callaghan took the dark stage unannounced; alongside best friends Jared Monaco and Kennedy Brock – guitarists, Pat Kirch – drummer and Garrett Nickelsen – bassist with the band’s signature “M” illuminated in the backdrop behind them. Wasting no time getting into newer material the band opened up with the cheerful upbeat pop-rock single “Love and Drugs ” which brought a plethora of energy to the crowd.

The lively ninety-minute set which contained songs dating back to their major label debut album (Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop) kept the crowd singing the entire performance. While the group performed mostly high energy tunes that allowed the crowd to dance and wave their hands high all night, they found time to slow things down — a solo performance from O’Callaghan and his keyboard of emotional “These Four Words,” provided the song with a more sentimental feeling after hearing it live.

Although I did not know much of the opening acts, they were not too shabby. Unfortunately it was my first and last time seeing A Rocket to the Moon perform live in Florida as the group will be disbanding. The pop-rock band treated their set as if they were the headliners to a sold-out hometown show, jamming out from start to finish once they fixed their technical errors (which I will discuss later).

T.Y. Moments of the Night:

1. During the performance of one of the group’s earlier songs, “Count ‘Em 1,2,3,” O’Callaghan did something truly amazing and left the stage to perform the entire song in the midst of his young female crowd. “Put your f*ckin’ phones in your pockets,” he ordered the crowd, informing them that if they wanted to watch it again they could view it on YouTube later — telling them to enjoy the moment for what it was at the time. (Unfortunately everyone did not listen and two young ladies lost their phones in the rage-fest.)

2. Following The Maine performance of “Like We Did,” O’Callaghan informed the crowd they could be anything they wanted if they believed before the three supporting acts joined the band on stage and helped the group perform fan favorite “We’ll All Be”, to end the show. As Kirch hammered away on the drums and other artist played their instruments crazily — Nick Santino (A Rocket to the Moon ) and Joel Kantitz (This Century) each sang a verse before everyone gathered to scream “potato” ending the show on a high note

Nothings Perfect:

1. I don’t know if the sound guy lost his notes or A Rocket to the Moon did not make the rehearsal — the fact that the crowd had to wait for nearly 30-minutes(not counting the 15-minutes it took for the group to take the stage after the previous act) and watch the group do their mic-check in the middle of the concert. We came to see you perform not tune your instruments — ain’t nobody got time for that.


The Maine have grown up over the years and so have their fans — following the concert it’s worth noting that the band’s following truly appreciate their new sound as they applauded just as loud during newer songs if not louder. The group performance flows based off audience participation as they are aware of what’s happening around them make each show very personal and memorable. From the teens on the stage floor to the parents on the balcony level, it’s safe to safe everyone enjoyed themselves at the “8123 Tour.”

Photos from the night