Opening in 1997, The Asylum was a fixture of the Southern Maine music scene.  Tens of thousands of fans watched hundreds of national acts perform there.  But, after nearly two decades, the owners felt a face lift was needed.

In the Spring of 2016, owners Valerie Levy, Krista Newman and Laurie Wille announced the venue would close for a major renovation.  Honestly, "Major" might have been an understatement.

The last show at the old venue was in late June of 2016.

Now, eight months (and $9 million) later, the venue is nearly ready to re-open!  Aura, as it is now called, features a much larger capacity (approx 1,000), sports bar, function rooms, and seating that looks down on the stage.  It is truly impressive!  I can't wait to see a show there!

Some of the upcoming (I'm sure we'll hear about more really soon) shows:

APRIL 27-GET THE LED OUT

APRIL 28- WARRANT AND DOKKEN

APRIL 29-ROBERT RANDOLPH

MAY 3-LOCAL H

MAY 4-JOE LYNN TURNER

MAY 5 CLASSIC ROCK TRIBUTE

MAY 6-CHASE RICE

MAY 7-DWIGHT YOAKAM

MAY 10-BRETT MICHAELS

MAY 11-JIMMY EAT WORLD

MAY 12-BEATLES TRIBUTE

MAY 18-TODD RUNDGREN

MAY 19-QUINN SULLIVAN

JUNE 3-FRANKIE BALLARD

JUNE 8-EVERCLEAR W/VERTICAL HORIZON AND FASTBALL

JUNE 10-REVEREND HORTON HEAT

JUNE 24-THREE DOG NIGHT

JULY 28-EAGLEMANIA-EAGLES TRIBUTE

AUGUST 17-LITTLE RIVER BAND

AUfIRGUST 19-BUDDY GUY

SEPTEMBER 30-WYNONNA JUDD