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East Providence Rocks

Bold Point Park brings big names back to the RI outdoor concert scene

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Late last summer, when The Beach Boys and Kenny Wayne Shepherd came to rock out in Rhode Island, they didn’t come to Providence or Newport, they came to East Providence’s Bold Point Park, kicking off a new summer tradition of big name performers playing under the 401 sun. The venue’s first full season as the state’s newest outdoor concert space started on Memorial Day weekend, and the organizers behind this unexpected waterfront destination are pulling out all the stops and kicking out all the jams through the end of the summer.

Bold Point Park fills a void in music lovers’ hearts the size of the Newport Yachting Center – which makes sense since it’s run by the same people. It might have seemed like an unlikely place for a concert venue, but the team at RI Waterfront Events have nothing if not vision. 

This summe’s lineup of performers includes Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly (June 16), The Roots (July 1), Halsey (July 11), and Michael Franti & Spearhead (July 18). For the little rockers in your life, Kidz Bop Live (August 24) will be belting out kid-friendly renditions of pop hits.

We’re not picking a favorite, but The Roots almost seems too cool to be true, but it is, and we can’t wait. You’re definitely going to want to keep this spot on your radar. East Providence