Waterfront Productions, LLC/Rhode Island Waterfront Events and the City of Providence announced on Wednesday the formation of The Providence Event Series presented by Rob Levine & Associates, The Heavy Hitter®.

The concert and festival series will take place in the heart of downtown Providence’s Kennedy Plaza at the ALEX AND ANI City Center in late summer and fall and features the following line-up to date: Chase Rice, Friday, August 19th, $34 advance/$44 day of event; the Celtic Rock Festival, Saturday, September 10th, $25 advance/$35 day of event; Ziggy Marley, Friday, September 23rd, $32.50 advance/$42.50 day of event; and the International Oktoberfest, the weekend of September 24th and 25th, (Sat.) $20 advance/$25 day of event and (Sun.) $17 advance/$20 day of event.  The general admission tickets with no reserved seating will go on sale for all events starting this Friday, June 24th at Noon and can be purchased online at www.riwaterfrontevents.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or by visiting the Waterfront Productions box office located at 4 Commercial Wharf in Newport (box office hours available at riwaterfrontevents.com).

Tickets will be available on the day-of the event at the ALEX AND ANI City Center box office located at 2 Kennedy Plaza, Downtown Providence, at the event entrance.  See the most up-to-date box office hours by visiting www.riwaterfrontevents.com.

The Providence Event Series was realized after ongoing talks resulted in the eventual collaboration between Waterfront Productions/Rhode Island Waterfront Events, the City of Providence, the Providence Parks and Recreation Department and the ALEX AND ANI City Center.  The parties involved were already familiar with each other as Waterfront Productions/Rhode Island Waterfront Events had produced an entertainment series at Providence’s India Point Park last year in conjunction with the City of Providence which included the Waterfront Reggae Festival, a J Geils concert, Festival Latino de Providence, a Collie Buddz reggae concert and the International Oktoberfest while ALEX AND ANI is the name sponsor of Waterfront Productions’ Newport Skating Center in downtown Newport.  Waterfront Productions/Rhode Island Waterfront Events is once again producing the Waterfront Reggae Festival featuring The Wailers at India Point Park on August 13th.

“We want to thank the City of Providence for helping us bring an open air event series to downtown this summer and fall,” said Michele Maker Palmieri, President and CEO of Waterfront Productions.  “When identifying unique venues, the ALEX AND ANI City Center presented a dynamic urban setting in the heart of the city which is sure to bring a vibrant energy to our events.  Our focus was on a well-rounded entertainment schedule to attract a variety of audiences and demographics to downtown.”  Palmeiri noted that there are plans to add a few other events to the line-up with details to be announced soon.

“Providence is known for its arts and culture scene and the Alex and Ani City Center serves as the perfect venue to display the creative passion of our City,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza.  “Located in the heart of our downtown neighborhood, I look forward to a diverse summer concert series throughout the season and encourage visitors to explore all that the Creative Capital has to offer while they are here.”

The Providence Event Series presented by Rob Levine & Associates, the Heavy Hitter®, will feature country singer-songwriter Chase Rice on Friday, August 19th whose 2014 CD, Ignite The Night, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums.  The Celtic Rock Festival, headlined by the musical star of Riverdance, founding member of Cherish the Ladies and Grammy award winning fiddle player, Eileen Ivers, as well as Tartan Terrors, The Town Pants and Pendragon, is up next on Saturday, September 10th.  Ziggy Marley, multi Grammy award winner and eldest son of reggae legend, Bob Marley, will take the stage on Friday, September 23rd and then the 24th annual International Oktoberfest featuring seasonal brews, savory German cuisine and live Bavarian music will take place on the weekend of September 24th and 25th, an earlier date for this popular annual festival.   More events will be announced in the coming weeks.

The ALEX AND ANI City Center, located at 2 Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence, is managed by the Providence Parks and Recreation Department and operates all year-round.  The summer event season extends from April through October with rental space available for public and private events.  The winter ice skating season begins in November and continues through March.  Visit alexandanicitycenter.com or call 401.331.5544 for all summer event information as well as details on ice skating reservations and advertising opportunities.

Waterfront Productions, LLC, headquartered in Newport, Rhode Island, specializes in event management/production and venue operation and is the parent company of Rhode Island Waterfront Events and Newport Waterfront Events.  The events Waterfront Productions owns and manages include the Great Chowder Cook-Off at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, the Waterfront Reggae Festival at India Point Park in Providence and The Providence Event Series presented by Rob Levine & Associates, The Heavy Hitter®, at ALEX AND ANI City Center.  In addition, Waterfront Productions owns and operates the Newport Skating Center in downtown Newport.  The Waterfront Productions team has co-produced a variety of other events over the past ten years, including the Newport Comedy Series, the WBRU Concert Series at Providence Piers, the Food Truck Festival, the Newport International Boat Show and the Newport Charter Yacht Show, and offers event management consulting services.

For more information, please visit www.riwaterfrontevents.com, contact Michele Maker Palmieri, President and CEO of Waterfront Productions, LLC via email at mmaker@newportwaterfrontevents.com or call (888) 900-8640, Ext. 709. To receive future Rhode Island Waterfront Events and Newport Waterfront Events announcements, presale opportunities or exclusive packages, sign up at riwaterfrontevents.com and become a fan on Facebook at facebook.com/waterfrontevents, Instagram and Twitter.

Ryan M. Belmore

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