Bust Summer for Dunkin’ Donuts Center - TD Garden Has U2, Paul Simon, Eagles and Much More

Monday, May 07, 2018
GoLocalProv Business Team

The Dunk is empty almost all summer
It is the tale of two arenas. In Providence, the Dunkin’ Donuts Center goes dark this summer hosting fewer than five events and in Boston, at the TD Garden, the building is rocking literally all summer and into the fall with the biggest names.

After the college graduations, Providence’s premier event venue hosts only a food event, a “Conversation with Bill Clinton” scheduled for June 15, and an August appearance by Banda Ms de Sergio Lizarraga. The rest of the summer the building is closed.

Rest of the Summer is Dark at the Dunk in Providence.

Just ten years ago, the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority spent $62 million to upgrade the Dunkin’ Donuts Center with “the creation of 20 new suites, new seating, and upgrades of the existing MEP systems.   Additional upgrades include refurbishing and expanding the lobby and concourses, adding concession areas, restrooms and dressing rooms.” The reason for the upgrade was to keep the building competitive with other venues in New England.

Larry Lepore, General Manager of Dunkin’ Donuts Center, said in response to multiple questions, "I have been there since 1999 there has been very little concert activity in the summer since the early 1990s."

But a review of previous years found that the building hosted multiple concerts and events each summer. As an example, the Dunk hosted Demi Lovato and American Idol, bull riding and multiple other events in 2010. Most summers, the building hosted multiple events. 

Bruno Mars plays two nights at Boston's TD Garden
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In contrast, venues like Boston’s TD Garden are jammed packed with premium events — Depeche Mode, Paul Simon, Harry Styles, two nights of U2, Sam Smith, WWE Raw, Shania Twain, two nights of the Eagles, Panic! At the Disco, Arctic Monkeys, two nights of Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, Big 3, and four days of the U.S. Gymnastics Championships.

The TD Garden has an equally impressive fall lineup — Childish Gambino, Kevin Hart, two nights of Bruno Mars, Bill Burr, two nights of Elton John, Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, and Josh Groban.

And it's not just Boston. Portland Maine’s civic center — the Cross Insurance Arena — is home to five home games of the arena football team, the Maine Mammoths, this summer.

In Hartford, the XL Center is hosting concerts by Journey and Def Leppard, Elton John, Eagles, Maroon 5, Marvel Universe! Age of Heroes — this summer and fall.

Presently on the Dunkin’s Donuts Centers’ fall schedule, only Thomas Rhett is listed.

For two years wet floor conditions have disrupted multiple games
Not the Dunks Only Problem

This past season the Providence College Friars game against Seton Hall had to be suspended due to unplayable floor conditions. 

Officials as well as PC head coach Ed Cooley and Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard made the decision with 13:03 left to play and the Pirates leading 56-47. 

“We have been working with the Dunk over the last few days to make sure it was going to be okay. When we walked in it was 59 degrees, but it then got progressively worse as the game went on,” said Providence College athletic director Bob Driscoll in a press conference last season.

The game was continued on Thursday, February 22 at noon at Alumni Hall. It was open to students, faculty, and staff of the college only due to the seating.

This was not the first time that the management of the Dunk has been unable to manage the floor condition and have put players at risk.

Last year at nearly the exact same time of the year, the Dunk's floor condition was lambasted nationally. In a critical game for the Providence College Basketball team against Big East rival Marquette often looked more like skating than basketball. Condensation on the floor made the floor “the second worst I have ever seen,” according to CBS' John Sadak, sports announcer. "The worst was when a women’s game was delayed by eight hours because the floor had been waxed with the wrong kind of wax."

CBS Sports' other announcer Brendan Haywood, former North Carolina great and NBA player, said the conditions were unplayable. "I cringe every time someone makes a move," said Haywood who noted it was the worst he has ever seen.

In response to the criticism, Lepore of the Dunkin’ Donuts Center told GoLocal, “70 degrees outside and 90 percent humidity, what do they want me to do.”

  • May 9

    Jackson Browne at PPAC 

    Providence, RI

    Hall of Famer Jackson Browne is coming to PPAC in May. 

    In his career, Browne has sold over 18 million albums in the U.S. 

    He is known for songs such as  "These Days", "The Pretender", "Running on Empty", "Lawyers in Love", "Doctor My Eyes", "Take It Easy", "For a Rocker", and "Somebody's Baby" and others. 

    Browne was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2007

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  • May 25-27

    Boston Calling 2018 

    Boston, MA

    Boston Calling, the first New England music festival of the season kicks off in downtown Boston on the weekend of May 25 to the 27.

    The festival features performances from Eminem, The Killers, Jack White and more. 

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  • May 26

    Jason Aldean at Xfinity Center 

    Mansfield, MA

    Jason Aldean brings his "High Noon Neon Tour" to the Xfinity Center. 

    Aldean is celebrating the release of his eighth album titled "Rearview Town." 

    In his career, he has seen 19 singles reach #1 on the on either the Hot Country Songs or Country Airplay charts with "Why", "She's Country", "Big Green Tractor", "The Truth", "Don't You Wanna Stay" (a duet with Kelly Clarkson), "Dirt Road Anthem," among others. 

    In 2017. Aldean won the Entertainer of the Year Award at the ACM Awards. 

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  • May 28

    Latin American Music Festival at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet 

    Providence, RI 

    A celebration of Latin culture that showcases the music, art, food, and dance styles of countries like Mexico, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Bolivia, Puerto Rico, and many more. 

    The festival will be filled with live performances from dance groups, musicians, and vocalists who are ready to put on a show. 

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  • June 6

    Imagine Dragons at Xfinity Center 

    Mansfield, MA

    Imagine Dragons is bringing their "Evolve Tour" to the Xfinity Center this summer. 

    The group is known for songs such as "On Top of the World," "Amsterdam," and "Warriors." 

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  • June 7 - 10


    Providence, RI

    Live music, dance, food, and visual art installations transform the Providence. Dozens of music performances play over a four-day event. Multi-art installations take-over of public spaces, parks, and outdoor stages in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island.  Artists from across the globe perform.

  • June 15

    Paul Simon at TD Garden 

    Boston, MA

    Formally one half of the legendary duo "Simon & Garfunkel," Paul Simon is bringing his solo tour to the TD Garden. 

    Simon has earned sixteen Grammys for his solo and collaborative work, including three for Album of the Year (Bridge Over Troubled Water, Still Crazy After All These Years, Graceland), and a Lifetime Achievement Award.

    He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

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  • June 15

    Tim McGraw & Faith Hill at Mohegan Sun 

    Uncasville, Ct.

    Music legends Tim McGraw and his wife Faith Hill are bringing their Soul2Soul World Tour to Mohegan Sun this summer. 

    The tour is one of the highest grossing tours in country music history.

    Tim McGraw 

    McGraw has won three Grammy Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 11 Country Music Association (CMA) awards, 10 American Music Awards, and three People's Choice Awards.

    He has sold more than 75 million records worldwide.

    Faith Hill 

    Hill has won five Grammy Awards, 15 Academy of Country Music Awards, six American Music Awards, and several other awards.

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  • June 15 & 16

    Zac Brown Band at Fenway Park 

    Boston, MA

    The Zac Brown Band is returning to Fenway Park for their "Down the Rabbit Hole Live" tour to Fenway Park. 

    In their career, the band has charted 16 singles, 13 of which have reached #1 on the  Billboard Hot Country Songs or Country Airplay chart. 

    Their hits include, " "Chicken Fried", "Toes", "Highway 20 Ride", "Free", "As She's Walking Away", "Colder Weather", "Knee Deep", "Keep Me in Mind", "Goodbye in Her Eyes", "Sweet Annie", "Homegrown", "Loving You Easy", and "Beautiful Drug". 

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  • June 21

    The Wailers at Greenwich Odeum 

    East Greenwich, RI 

    In honor of Bob Marley, the Wailers are continuing to tour and celebrate his legacy. 

    There are more than 250 million Bob Marley & The Wailers recordings sold, including 1977’s Exodus, anointed Best Album of the Century in 1999 by Time Magazine, and “One Love,” named Song of the Millennium that same year by BBC.

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  • June 22

    Dave Matthews Band at Xfinity Center 

    Mansfield, MA 

    The popular rock band makes their return to the Xfinity Center in Mansfield this summer for one show.

    Expect some new material, exploratory jamming, and hits like “Crash,” “Ants Marching,” and “What Would You Say," among others. 

    Dave Matthews Band has sold over 60 million records worldwide. 

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  • July 6

    Luke Bryan at Fenway Park 

    Boston, MA

    Country music star Luke Bryan is coming to Fenway Park. 

    Bryan released his latest album titled "What Makes You Country," on December 8 of 2017. The album features the hit single "Light it Up." 

    To date, Bryan has sold more than 7 million albums and 27 million singles worldwide. 

    Bryan, who's career who began in 2000, is best known for his number on singles " I Don't Want This Night to End," "Drunk on You," and "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye." 

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  • July 19

    Chris Brown at Xfinity Center 

    Mansfield, MA

    Chris Brown is bringing his “Heartbreak on a Full Moon Tour” to the Xfinity Center.

    Brown has sold more than 100 million albums and singles worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling music artists.

    He has won several awards, including 14 BET Awards, 5 Billboard Music Awards, and 5 Soul Train Music Awards. According to Billboard, Brown has the seventh most Hot 100 entries on the chart with 87.

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  • July 21

    Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers and Los Lobos at Indian Ranch 

    Webster, MA

    Hornsby's music has been recognized on a number of occasions with awards, including the 1987 Grammy Award for Best New Artist with Bruce Hornsby and the Range, the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album, and the 1994 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance

    He also collaborated with Grateful Dead and was a member of the band from September 1990 to March 1992, playing over 100 shows during that period.

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  • July 21 & 22

    Foo Fighters at Fenway Park 

    Boston, MA

    The Foo Fighters are bringing their "Concrete and Gold Tour" to Fenway Park for a two-night stay. 

    The Foo Fighters recently released their ninth album titled "Concrete & Gold," which reached #1 in the U.S. 

    Over the course of the band's career, four of their albums have won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album. Overall, they have sold over 12 million copies in the United States alone.

    They are known for songs such as "Best of You," "Learn to Fly," "Times Like These," and more. 

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  • July 27 - 29

    Newport Folk Festival 

    Newport, RI 

    The Newport Folk Festival returns this summer with a lineup that includes “The War and Treaty,” “Twain,” “Lucius” and more.

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  • July 26, 27 & 28

    Taylor Swift at Gillette Stadium 

    Foxboro, MA

    Taylor Swift is coming to Gillette Stadium for three shows this summer as part of her “Reputation” Stadium Tour.

    Swift is the winner of 10 Grammy Awards, five Guinness World Records, one Emmy Award, 21 Billboard Music Awards, 12 Country Music Association Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards, and one Brit Award.

    She is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 40 million albums—including 27.8 million in the US—and 130 million single downloads.

    She was named Time Person of the Year in 2017 as part of the “Silence Breakers.”

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  • August 3-5

    Newport Jazz Festival 

    Newport, RI

    The 2018 Newport Jazz Festival will run from August 3 to August 5 at Fort Adams State Park and the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

    The festival will show off over 50 individual jazz ensembles on four stages including performances at the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Fort Adams State Park. 

    The festival will feature artists such as George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Roy Hargrove, Alicia Olatuja and more. 

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  • August 5

    Jay Z & Beyonce at Gillette Stadium 

    Foxboro, MA

    The tour is the second one that Beyonce and Jay-Z have done together following 2014's On The Run tour. 

    Jay Z 

    Jay-Z is one of the best-selling musicians of all time, having sold over 50 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide, while receiving 21 Grammy Awards for his music.

    He holds the record for most number one albums by a solo artist on the US Billboard 200 with 14.He has also had four number ones on the Billboard Hot 100, one, ”Empire State of Mind,” as the lead artist.

    Jay-Z married Beyoncé in 2008. As a couple, they have an estimated net worth of $1.16 billion.


    In her career, Beyoncé has sold an estimated 100 million records as a solo artist, making her one of the best-selling music artists in history.

    She has won 22 Grammy Awards and is the most nominated woman in the award's history.

    Beyonce is also the most awarded artist at the MTV Video Music Awards, with 24 wins.

    Forbes ranked her as the most powerful female in entertainment on their 2015 and 2017 lists, and in 2016 she finished in sixth place for Time's Person of the Year.


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  • August 9

    Jimmy Buffett at Fenway Park 

    Boston, MA

    Escape to Margaritaville with music legend Jimmy Buffett at Fenway Park. Buffett will be joined by Huey Lewis and the News.  

    In his career, Buffett has released 30 studio albums, eight of which are Gold Albums and nine are Platinum. 

    He won his first ever Country Music Award (CMA) for his song "It's 5 O'clock Somewhere."

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  • August 10

    Billy Joel at Fenway Park 

    Boston, MA

    For the fourth consecutive year, rock and roll legend Billy Joel will play Fenway Park. 

    Billy Joel released his first hit song, arguably still his biggest hit, Piano Man in 1973 and since has become the 6th best selling recording artist and the third best selling solo artist in the United States. 

    Joel was inducted into the  Songwriters Hall of  Fame in 1992 and then the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. 

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  • August 11

    Journey & Def Leppard at Fenway Park

    Boston, MA

    Legendary rock bands Journey and Def Leppard are combining to bring a huge show to Fenway Park. 

    Def Leppard is one of only five rock bands with two original studio albums selling more than 10 million copies in the U.S.

    Overall, they have sold more than 100 million records all over the world. 

    Journey has sold over 80 million albums worldwide, earned 19 top 40 singles and 25 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums, and has headlined multiple sold-out stadiums. 

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  • August 12

    The Beach Boys at Indian Ranch

    Webster, MA

    The legendary Beach Boys are returning to Indian Ranch this August for a concert that you don't want to miss. 

    The group had over eighty songs chart worldwide, thirty-six of them US Top 40 hits (the most by an American rock band), four reaching number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The Beach Boys have sold in excess of 100 million records worldwide. 

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  • August 24 & 25

    Kenny Chesney at Gillette Stadium 

    Foxboro, MA

    Kenny Chesney is bringing his "Trip Around the Sun" tour to Gillette Stadium with special guest Dierks Bentley. 

    Kenny Chesney has already performed at Gillette Stadium more times than any other artist and broke 9 attendance records during his 2015 Big Revival Tour.

    Chesney has recorded 20 albums, 14 of which have been certified gold or higher by the RIAA, produced over 40 top 10 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay Charts, 28 of which have reached #1.

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  • August 3o

    Rhythm and Roots

    Charleston, RI

    21st Annual Rhythm and Roots Music and Dance Festival Every Labor Day Weekend at Ninigret Park Best Festival for Music.

    Get tickets here

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