August 19, 2013 -- The Newport Waterfront Events at the Newport Yachting Center wraps up the concert schedule of its 2013 Nantucket Nectars Sunset Music Series summer season with a bang by featuring STYX this Thursday, August 22nd, Tony Bennett on Wednesday, August 28th and Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo on Saturday, August 31st. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. for all three shows. Tickets range from $49.50 to $69.50 for the STYX concert, $80.50 to $100.50 for the Tony Bennett show and $39.50 to $65.50 for Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. Tickets for all three concerts and the other Sunset Music Series shows can be purchased at www.newportwaterfrontevents.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Festival officials also ask that fans of the Sunset Music Series stay tuned as there will be an announcement of an additional concert soon which will extend the Series into the fall.
reunited in the mid-1990s, they have performed more live shows than all of the
previous years of its career combined, including Two Super-Bowl appearances and
Pollstar Box Office chart-topping tours with Def Leppard, Journey, Boston, REO
Speedwagon, and Bad Company, among others.
Spawned from a suburban Chicago
basement in the early 1970s, STYX would eventually transform into an arena rock
prototype by the late 1970s and early 1980s due to its big rocker tunes and
soaring power ballads.
However, STYX failed to break through to the mainstream
until a track originally from its second album, "Lady" started to get
substantial airplay in Chicago in 1974.
The song was soon issued as a single nationwide and quickly shot to #6
on the singles chart, as the album Styx
II was certified gold.
The band hit its stride in the late 1970’s with four popular album
releases (1976's Crystal Ball, 1977's
The Grand Illusion, 1978's Pieces of Eight, and 1979's Cornerstone) which produced such hit
singles and classic rock radio standards as "Come Sail Away,"
"Renegade," "Blue Collar Man" and "Fooling
Yourself”. STYX then released a concept
album in 1981 entitled Paradise Theater
which became the band’s biggest hit of their career (selling over three million
copies in a three-year period), and made them one of the United States’ top
rock acts due to hit singles like "Too Much Time on My Hands". It also marked the first time in history that
a band released four consecutive triple-platinum albums.
Tony Bennett has won 17 Grammy Awards along with the organization’s Lifetime
Achievement Award in 2001. He also has
been recognized with two Emmy Awards and is a Kennedy Center Honoree. Raised in New York City, Bennett became
popular nationally with the #1 hit, “Because of You” in 1951. He reached his first artistic peak in the
late 1950s with albums such as The Beat
of My Heart and Basie Swings, Bennett
Sings. In 1962, Bennett recorded his
signature song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”. Starting in the late 1980s, he reinvented
himself and expanded his audience to include the MTV Generation while keeping
his musical style in tact. Bennett has
sold over 50 million records worldwide.
Pat Benatar, the leading female rock vocalist of the 1980s
winning four Grammy Awards and three American Music Awards, has always been a
rule-breaker and a trailblazer. 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 while she
was forging a path for other female rock stars around the world. Benatar’s life changed forever in 1979 when
she was introduced to a fiery and inspiring 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 now renowned Benatar sound.
Giraldo and Benatar’s vision merged explosively on
her 1979 platinum selling debut album, In
The Heat Of The Night, which included Top 40 hits like “Heartbreaker” and
the Giraldo-penned “We Live For Love”.
The 1980 Crimes Of Passion album
was a Grammy Award-winning, #2 smash reaching quadruple platinum and giving
Benatar her first Top 10 hit - the gold-certified “Hit Me With Your Best
Shot”. It also included, “You Better
Run”, the second ever video to air on MTV.
Benatar’s next album, 1981’s Precious
Time, went double platinum and outdid its predecessor by hitting #1 with
lead single, “Fire and Ice”, earning Benatar her second Grammy.
Other platinum albums followed. 1982’s Get Nervous went Top Five and featured
the Grammy-winning “Shadows Of The Night”.
That same year that Benatar and Giraldo got married. The 1983’s Live From Earth boasted the Grammy-winning, Top Five hit, “Love Is
A Battlefield” and 1984’s Tropico
charted the Grammy-nominated “We Belong”.
In 1999, Benatar and Giraldo opened their private vaults and compiled an
extensive three-CD collection, Synchronistic
Wanderings: Recorded Anthology 1979-1999.
Most recently, Benatar released her long-awaited autobiography in 2010
entitled, Between a Heart and a Rock
Place. Benatar and Giraldo remain a
rock ‘n’ roll powerhouse today, selling out concerts and still wowing audiences
after over three decades in music together.
The remaining 2013 Nantucket Nectars Sunset Music Series line-up is as
Aug. 22; Performer: Styx; Ticket Prices: $49.50; 59.50; 69.50
Performer: Tony Bennett; Ticket Prices: $80.50 & 100.50
Aug. 31; Performer: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo; Ticket Prices: $39.50;
In addition, tickets are on sale for the
annual Newport Waterfront Events Music Festivals. Still remaining this summer is the Newport
Celtic Rock Festival featuring the Dropkick Murphys on Saturday, August 24th. Visit www.newportwaterfrontevents.com
for the complete Newport Celtic Rock Festival line-up and details.
The Newport Yachting Center is located on
the waterfront in the heart of historic downtown Newport on America's Cup
Avenue. The venue features a covered
concert tent and ample open air space with stunning views of Newport
Harbor. Guests can enjoy “The Point”, a
dockside waterfront lounge and bar with good eats from Julian’s, before, during
and after the shows.
All Sunset Music Series shows will feature
live music on The Point Stage when gates open.
Times for opening acts and headliners vary per show, please visit www.newportwaterfrontevents.com for all the details. For any other questions about the Nantucket
Nectars Sunset Music Series, please contact Michele Maker Palmieri, General
Manager at the Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf on America’s Cup
Avenue in Newport, at (401) 846-1600, Ext. 222.
To receive future 2013 Sunset Music Series presale opportunities or
exclusive packages, sign up at newportwaterfrontevents.com and become a fan on
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The Newport Yachting Center’s 2013 line-up
to-date includes the Great Chowder Cook-Off (June 1); the Sunset Music Series (starting
in late May through the end of August); the Newport Summer Comedy Series
produced by RocJo Productions (starting in June through the end of August); the
Newport Blues & BBQ Festival (July 20); the Newport Waterfront Reggae
Festival (August 10); the Newport Celtic Rock Festival (August 24), the Newport
International Boat Show (September 12-15), and the International Oktoberfest
(October 12-13). All the events are held at the Newport Yachting Center in the
“city by the sea” where beach-going, shopping, dining and enjoying the
nightlife are often a part of the pre- or post-Newport Waterfront Events
activity. Visit us at
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