Groundbreaking at Bold Point Park (Photo: Ken Abrams)

East Providence town officials including Mayor Bob DaSilva joined Governor Dan McKee and renowned concert promoter Don Law for a groundbreaking ceremony at Bold Point Park Friday morning November 4.

The seasonal concert venue is being upgraded to a full-size amphitheater that is expected to be completed in 2024. The new facility will be modeled after the Leader Bank Pavilion in Boston, a venue that has spurred economic growth around the waterfront district there.

The project, which will cost in excess of $30 million according to Law, is expected to include a kayak launch, new walkways, and a parking lot. Law, a partner in the project, added that he expects the venue will “bring a very diverse audience to the region.”

McKee noted that the project would provide “good-paying jobs” and that other “economic opportunities will follow.” Joined by his daughter Kara, who recently appeared on NBC TV’s “The Voice,” McKee noted how important music is in his family.

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Ken Abrams

Lifestyle Editor Ken Abrams writes about music, the arts and more for What'sUpNewp. He is also a contributor to Providence Monthly, SO RI, Hey Rhody and The Bay magazines.
Ken DJ's "The Kingston Coffeehouse," a roots/folk/rock radio show every Tuesday, 6-9 PM on WRIU 90.3 FM. He is a former educator in the Scituate, RI school system where he taught Social Studies for over 30 years.
Ken is presently on the board of the Rhode Island Folk Festival and Newport Live (formerly Common Fence Music), a non-profit that brings diverse musical acts to the Newport area.