PawSox team with R.I. Music Hall of Fame to offer live music at McCoy home games

PawSox team with R.I. Music Hall of Fame to offer live music at McCoy home games

Announcing a new initiative of the PawSox and the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame are, from left, Michael Gwynn, PawSox vice president of sales and marketing; James Toomey, R.I. Music Hall of Fame board member; and Geoff Sinnott Jr., PawSox account executive. The two organizations are teaming up to offer live local music prior to PawSox home games this year.

PAWTUCKET - The Pawtucket Red Sox, in conjunction with the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame, has announced the "Playing for the PawSox" music program, which will allow local bands and musical artists to showcase their talents by playing for PawSox fans prior to each home game during the upcoming season.

Artists are invited to play on a stage outside of McCoy Stadium for 90 minutes, until 15 minutes prior to game time, in an area where many fans congregate while waiting to get into the stadium. In addition, performing artists will be allowed to apply to sing or play either the national anthem on the field before the game, or "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning break.

"The Pawtucket Red Sox are looking forward to working on this exciting project with a wonderful organization like the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame," said Geoff Sinnott Jr., account executive with the PawSox.

"PawSox fans will really enjoy listening to local talented musicians this season before they head in to catch a game."

The Pawsox began holding pre-game concerts last year and presented about 20. This year, 72 home games are available for local performers.

The PawSox got involved with the R.I. Music Hall of Fame due to organizers' desire to partner with existing entertainment venues and music organizations to develop programs that, among other things, provide new performance opportunities for local music artists so they can gain exposure.

"RIMHOF is considering a number of initiatives designed to strengthen our local music community by, in part, supporting and increasing opportunities for current and potential music artists and industry personnel," said David Goldstein, RIMHOF board member and chairman of the organization's outreach committee.

The program is open to a wide range of local musical acts based on genre, levels of experience, age, and type of act, from professional bands and individual artists, to high school, college and civic groups.

Artists must have some prior performing experience and have some connection to Rhode Island or bordering Massachusetts. Music and lyrics must be suitable for the entire family. Chosen performing artists may sell their CDs at the event, will receive free tickets to the game, and will be listed with links to their websites until next season on both the PawSox and RIMHOF websites. The PawSox will provide a 12-by-12-foot stage, tent, and four power sockets. Bands will be responsible for their own sound system and all backline and instruments.

Those interested in performing may fill out an online application form at www.rhodeislandmusichalloffame.com/pawsox.htm.

A fact sheet is also located on that page. RIMHOF personnel will be responsible for the initial screening, with information from those qualifying being passed on to the PawSox, who will make the final determination and work out a game date with the performer.

"Musicians play music, and this will be a great opportunity to perform your music for hundreds of potential new fans," said Jeff Keithline, RIMHOF board member and program coordinator.

For questions or to express interest, contact the RIMHOF by emailing pawsox@rhodeislandmusichalloffame.com.