August 20, 2013 – The Newport Yachting Center event venue and marina will soon bring a shamrockin’ good time to the waterfront with the Newport Celtic Rock Festival and its line up that features the Dropkick Murphys, Eileen Ivers, The Town Pants, Screaming Orphans and Celtica-Pipes Rock! on Saturday, August 24th from noon to 10:00 p.m. General admission tickets to the 10-hour salute to Irish music and culture are available for an advanced price of $35 through August 23rd or $45 the day-of the Festival. The event is FREE for children under the age of 12 as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Attendees will enjoy the flexible reentry policy which allows Festival-goers to explore downtown Newport as many times throughout the day and night as they would like. Newport Celtic Rock Festival tickets can be purchase online by visitingwww.newportwaterfrontevents.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
Headlining the Festival will be the popular Celtic punk band, The Dropkick Murphys, who formed in Quincy, Massachusetts in the mid-1990s. After tirelessly touring in and around Boston for years, the band received national recognition when they released the hit single “Tessie” in 2004. The group followed up that success with the release of the album, The Warrior’s Code, in 2005 that included the tune “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” which was featured in the Academy Award-winning movie The Departedand went on to become one of the band’s biggest singles and an anthem for Boston sports teams. The group’s latest album,Signed and Sealed in Blood, made its debut at #9 on theBillboard charts this year.
A nine-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, musical star of Riverdance and founding member of “Cherish the Ladies,” the Grammy award-winning Eileen Ivers has established herself as the preeminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today. Called the “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin” by The New York Times, Ivers’ recording credits include over 80 contemporary and traditional albums and numerous movie scores, including Gangs of New York. Her recent release, entitled Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul, continues to display why Ivers is hailed as one of the great innovators and pioneers in the Celtic and World music genres.
The Vancouver, Canada-based band, The Town Pants, combines aspects of Irish traditional, acoustic pop and roots Americana to create their own unique, fiery brand of “West Coast Celtic”. Known for its legendary live shows, they performed at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and are a favorite at Celtic and Irish festivals throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. The band’s latest release is 15 marking the band’s fifteenth anniversary.
The Screaming Orphans are the dynamic, multi-instrumental sister group from Ireland's County Donegal who are popular due to their infectious blend of edgy melodic rock, pop harmonies and electric live shows. The Orphans latest album is entitled, Sliabh Liag.
Celtica-Pipes Rock! features a unique sound of blazing bagpipes, drums and the power of a rock band. The band’s set list includes a blend of Scottish jigs and reels, passionate ballads, rebellious drinking songs and ancient love songs, as well as rock classics such as “We Will Rock You”. The group’s latest album isOceans of Fire.
The day-long toast to Celtic culture also includes plenty of Celtic cocktails and Guinness with pointers on how to “Pour Your Own Pint”, spirited step dancers, Newport’s own AOH Pipe & Drum Band, Celtic cafes offering hearty traditional Irish pub fare including fish & chips and corned beef sandwiches and Celtic Rock Shoppes featuring clothing, jewelry, unique and hard-to-find gift items and much more. A Rainbow’s End KidSTOP for the wee ones will let them show their Irish colors by decorating a top hat or a step-dancer’s headdress and meeting the Irish Wolf Hounds!
The 2013 Nantucket Nectars Sunset Music Series is also currently in full swing at the Newport Yachting Center. The remaining line-up is as follows:
Date: Thur., Aug. 22; Performer: Styx; Ticket Prices: $49.50; 59.50; 69.50
Date: Wed., Aug. 28; Performer: Tony Bennett; Ticket Prices: $80.50 & 100.50
Date: Sat., Aug. 31; Performer: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo; Ticket Prices: $39.50; 49.50; 65.50
The Newport Yachting Center is located on the waterfront in the heart of historic downtown Newport right 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 lounge with expanded bars and good eats.
Sponsors of the Newport Celtic Rock Festival include Citizens Bank, Guinness, Ford, Deep Eddy Vodka, Tribe Hummus, Life is good. and Food Should Taste Good.
For more information on the Newport Celtic Rock Festival, please contact Mike Martin at (401) 846-1600 Ext. 210 or email@example.com. To receive future Music Festival or Sunset Music Series presale opportunities or exclusive packages, sign up at newportwaterfrontevents.com and become a fan on Facebook at facebook.com/waterfrontevents.
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 newportwaterfrontevents.com, become a fan on Facebook at facebook.com/waterfrontevents and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/newportevents.