Southern California’s epic Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band, The Beach Boys led by original member Mike Love, will kick-off the inaugural live entertainment season at the new outdoor venue located at Bold Point Park on the East Providence waterfront on Wednesday, August 9th.
Gates will open at 5:00 p.m., with local singer-songwriter-guitarist John Fuzek getting the music started on The Point Stage, an opening act will be announced to follow on the main stage at approximately 6:30pm and The Beach Boys headlining at approximately 8:00 p.m. Set times are subject to change, check www.riwaterfrontevents.com for confirmed lineup. Tickets for The Beach Boys start at $25.00 for general admission and $50.00 for reserved seating and 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.
““We are excited to get things rolling at Bold Point Park with The Beach Boys! They personify good summer vibes, exactly what we plan to offer our guests for many seasons to come along the East Providence waterfront.” said Michele Maker Palmieri, Founder and President of Waterfront Productions, the parent company of Rhode Island Waterfront Events and Newport Waterfront Events.
The Beach Boys are arguably the most popular and influential American rock band in history with more than 100 million albums sold, twelve Billboard Top Ten hits with three reaching #1 and center stage appearances at Live Aid, the Statue of Liberty’s 100th Anniversary Salute, the Super Bowl and the White House. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988, received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001 and, in 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the Beach Boys 12th on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.
Forming in Hawthorne, California in 1961, The Beach Boys and their distinctive harmonies became synonymous with the “California Sound” which celebrated a youth culture of surfing, cars and romance. As their music matured they emphasized more personal lyrics and multi-layered sounds and, in 1966, the Pet Sounds album and its “Good Vibrations” single positioned the group in a select class of rock innovators. Original member Mike Love’s current role as the band’s front man sometimes overshadows his stature as one of rock’s foremost songwriters. The band’s first hit song, “Surfin’” was written by Love more than 50 years ago and he co-wrote countless other classics with his cousin, Brian Wilson, including “Fun, Fun, Fun”, “I Get Around”, “Help Me Rhonda”, “California Girls”, and, of course, the Grammy nominated “Good Vibrations”. In 1988, Love wrote the Golden Globe nominated “Kokomo” which is the band’s best selling single ever.
As the schedule stands currently, other announced events at Bold Point Park are: 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 from noon – 10:00 p.m.; moe. and Railroad Earth on Thursday, August 24th at 5:00 p.m.; the Blues & BBQ Festival featuring The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, as well as Robert Randolph & The Family Band, The Silks and the Barrett Anderson Band on Saturday, August 26th from 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.; and Oktoberfest on Columbus Day Weekend, Saturday, October 7th from noon – 8:00 p.m.
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, Bank RI, Jordan’s Liquors, Heineken, Smirnoff Sparkling Seltzer, Hilton Garden Inn, Arrow Prestige Limousine & Coach and Hear in RI.
For more information, visit www.riwaterfrontevents.com.