Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Trailblazer Pat Benatar Hits Artpark with Her Best Shot August 14!

Four-Time Grammy-Winner and Husband Neil Giraldo Headline “Tuesday in the Park!”

(Lewiston, NY) Pat Benatar, the trailblazing female musician who has captured four Grammy Awards and is best known for smash hits like “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “Love Is a Battlefield,” “We Live For Love” and “Heartbreaker,” joins her acclaimed multi-instrumentalist husband Neil Giraldo to headline a blockbuster “First Niagara Tuesday in the Park” event on August 14. All of Artpark’s free outdoor concerts begin at 6:30pm and include free hands-on art workshops for children. The evening opens with national touring artist Lennon (Murphy).

Benatar is acknowledged as the leading female rock vocalist of the ‘80s. Of the nine original albums release between 1979 and 1989, seven were certified platinum and two went gold. During that decade, she was nominated nine times for Grammy Awards for "Best Rock Performance" (female), winning an unprecedented four Grammys in consecutive years. At the dawn of MTV, Benatar was the image of the female rocker for an entire generation of young woman, and the young men who loved them. Additionally, Benatar has been the recipient of three American Music Awards. One of the most popular performers in rock, she is also one of the most recognized and admired.

Giraldo, a respected session player who had worked with several Midwest-based groups as well as being a member of Rick Derringer’s band, was brought in as a musician and arranger in 1978. He and Benatar sparked an immediate rapport on stage and off, put together a band, and relocated to Southern California. The two have been married now for over 23 years and are the parents of two daughters.

More recently, Benatar has been busy in front of the camera appearing in cameo roles in several hit TV shows including WB’s Charmed, ABC’s Dharma and Greg and on the Fox series That 80’s Show. Her story has also been featured on shows like A&E Biography, Lifetime’s Intimate Portrait and on VH-1’s hit series Behind The Music.

Artpark’s August 14 concert event with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo is sponsored by The Reid Group and Leisure Living Pool Supplies.

The “First Niagara Tuesday in the Park” concert series is also sponsored by Certo Brothers Distributing Company, Sevenson Environmental Services, Modern Corporations, Hard Rock Café – Niagara Falls (USA), S&S Lawn Services, Tim Horton’s, Pine Pharmacy, DiMino’s Lewiston Tops and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Children’s art activities are sponsored by the New York Power Authority.

Artpark’s Outdoor Amphitheater can be accessed via the Upper Park’s Portage Road entrance off of Center Street or through South Fourth Street nearest the Mainstage Theater.

Carry-ins (food and beverages) are prohibited at all of Artpark’s free concert events while on-site parking is $6.

For more information, access the Artpark website at or call the Artpark Box Office at (716) 754-4375.

The Earl W. Brydges Artpark is being operated by Artpark & Company, Inc. for the New York State Office of Parks,
Recreation and Historic Preservation under a license agreement.

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