Waterfront Productions LLC, based in Newport, Rhode Island, and music promoter, Live Nation, announce that 1980s female rock icon Pat Benatar and her producer-guitarist-husband, Neil Giraldo, will appear in concert on Friday, September 22nd with gates opening at 5:00 p.m. at the new seasonal outdoor venue located at Bold Point Park on the East Providence waterfront.
“Get ready for some girl power coming to our new Bold Point Park venue in September,” said Michele Maker Palmieri, Founder and President of Waterfront Productions, the parent company of Rhode Island Waterfront Events and Newport Waterfront Events. “Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo never disappoint so expect all the hits when they rock East Providence.”
Pat Benatar, the leading female rock vocalist of the 1980s with multiple Platinum albums, four Grammy awards and three American Music Awards, has always been a trailblazer as songs like “Love is a Battlefield”, “Hit Me with Your Best Shot”, “Heartbreaker”, “Promises In The Dark” and “We Belong” contributed to the dawn of MTV and forged a path for other female rock stars around the world. Benatar’s life changed forever in 1979 when she was introduced to guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Neil Giraldo, who shared the singer’s passions and used his skills as an innovative arranger and producer to help form the renowned Benatar sound.
As the schedule stands currently, other announced events at Bold Point Park are: The Beach Boys on Wednesday, August 9th; the 8th Annual Waterfront Reggae Festival, headlined by Freddie McGregor, Anthony B, Kabaka Pyramid, Junior Kelly, Taj Weekes & Adowa and Natural Element, on Saturday, August 12th; moe. + Railroad Earth on Thursday, August 24th; the Blues & BBQ Festival featuring The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, The Silks, Barrett Anderson Band, Cannibal Ramblers and Cee Cee & The Riders on Saturday, August 26th; and Oktoberfest on Columbus Day Weekend, Saturday, October 7th.
Waterfront Productions secured final approvals in February on a three–year lease of land at Bold Point Park in East Providence for a seasonal, open-air, waterfront entertainment venue with a capacity for 3,500 people for concerts and 5,000 for general admission festivals. The venue will feature annual concerts, music festivals and other events by national, international and local artists along with food and beverage options including full bars, lounge areas and local food trucks. Event-goers will enjoy beautiful views of upper Narragansett Bay, the Providence and Seekonk Rivers and the Providence skyline. Bold Point Park is located off Veteran’s Memorial Parkway on Waterfront Drive next to Tockwotton on the Waterfront (500 Waterfront Drive) and its address for GPS is 15 Pier Road, East Providence, Rhode Island. It is directly across the river from India Point Park in Providence. Please visit www.riwaterfrontevents.com for information on parking.
Waterfront Productions and Bold Point Park partners include: The City of East Providence, the East Providence Waterfront Commission, Tockwotton on the Waterfront, East Providence Chamber of Commerce, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island, KIA, Dunkin Donuts, Bank RI, Jordan’s Liquors, Heineken, Sam Adams Rebel, Corona, Harpoon. Miller Lite, Whaler’s Brewing, Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer, Hilton Garden Inn, Arrow Prestige Limousine & Coach and Hear in RI.
Waterfront Productions LLC, headquartered in Newport, Rhode Island, specializes in event management/production and venue operation and is the parent company of Newport Waterfront Events and Rhode Island Waterfront Events. Formerly the event management team at the Newport Yachting Center in downtown Newport, Waterfront Productions LLC started in 2015 after the Newport Yachting Center was sold to Peregrine Group in 2014. Waterfront Productions owns and manages the Great Chowder Cook-Off, now held at Fort Adams in Newport, Rhode Island; the Waterfront Reggae Festival held in 2015 and 2016 at India Point Park in Providence, Rhode Island and a summer/fall concert series that originated as the Sunset Music Series/Newport Concert Series and has since migrated to other venues in the Providence area the past two years. The Waterfront Productions team also owns and operates The Newport Skating Center, an outdoor skating rink in downtown Newport open annually December through February. Other events Waterfront Productions has co-produced over the past 12 years include the Volvo Ocean Race concerts at Fort Adams State Park in 2015, Newport Comedy Series, and the Newport International Boat Show. Waterfront Productions also offers event management consulting services.
Set times are subject to change, check www.riwaterfrontevents.com for confirmed lineup updates. Tickets for the show will go on sale this Thursday, July 27th at 10:00 a.m. and start at $22.75 for general admission and $49.75 for reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.riwaterfrontevents.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or by visiting Jordan Liquors at 199 Taunton Avenue in East Providence during regular store hours. On the day of the event, tickets will also be available at the RI Waterfront Events box office at Bold Point Park.