Steve Miller Band coming to Maine

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PORTLAND — With his first new album in 17 years, Steve Miller returns with the same blues-rock sound that made his music some of the best-loved records of his generation.

“Bingo!” is due out June 15, and the Steve Miller Band will promote the album on a North American tour that includes a stop at the Cumberland Country Civic Center on Wednesday, June 2.

The 7:30 p.m. concert will be presented in a theater setting with room to dance.

Tickets, $49.50, reserved seats, go on sale at 10 p.m. Saturday April 17. They may be purchased at the civic center box office, by calling 775-3458 or 800-745-3000, or online at ticketmaster.com.

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“Bingo!” will feature covers of such blues classics as B.B. King’s “Rock Me Baby,” Lowell Fulson’s “Tramp” and Jimmy Reed’s “You Got Me Dizzy.”

“This is a party record, man,” Miller said in a recent Billboard magazine story. “It’s about getting up and getting ready to dance. It’s like the fraternity party gigs I used to play in college. I went through and picked all my favorite tunes that I really, really loved. I wanted to make this record forever; it started off as just kind of a goof, and then it got real serious.”

Joining the Steve Miller Band will be vocalist Sonny Charles, a rhythm and blues veteran and founding member of the Checkmates. He is the first new member since Miller reunited his finest backup musicians of his career more than 20 years ago.

Besides music from the “Bingo!” album, the two hour-plus concert will feature many Steve Miller Band hits like “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Rock ‘n Me,” “The Joker,” “Jet Airliner,” “Take The Money and Run,” “Swingtown,” ”Jungle Love” and “Livin’ In the U.S.A.”

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