Bayfront Place Walkway to be Enjoyed by All

From the desk of Casey Wells, Erie Events Executive Director:

Now that the litigation for the Bayfront Place walkway has concluded, I’d like to make a few comments about the pathway. The Bayfront Place design incorporated the same elements that were built around the Convention Center in 2007 and included a walkway, fishing areas and rocks embedded for safety. This design was fully supported by the community years ago, but strangely became unacceptable in 2015. Not only was it disappointed that the interpretation of the rules changed in this eight year period, but it was also very costly. After spending $25,000 in legal fees defending this frivolous lawsuit, the court confirmed the City of Erie’s ruling that the design is lawful and appropriate.

Erie Events designed the walkway to meet the needs of all residents of Erie County, not just fishermen. The walkway design incorporated multiple paths and distinct areas to allow for a variety of uses. We created a meandering 12 foot wide blacktop pathway for joggers, bicyclists and walkers, plus a concrete walkway with benches and areas for fishing. These two paths are divided by an aesthetically pleasing landscape design that separates the more actives users of the pathway from those who want to enjoy a more serene experience. Large stones were embedded in various areas at the water’s edge as a safety barrier to eliminate the need of a sight restricting fence. This design feature allows an unobstructed view of Erie’s magnificent Bayfront so all visitors can watch the sun set unimpeded over Presque Isle Bay.

In the last 10 years, Erie Events has provided more than 3,600 feet of prime waterfront access that was previously unavailable to the public. Fishing, along with many other activities, is permitted along the entire pathway and we ask that everyone exercise caution near the water’s edge. Safety features such as life rings and ladders are provided along the entire walkway to help anyone who may need assistance.

Erie Events is pleased this lawsuit is behind us so we can again fully focus on creating an enjoyable Bayfront environment not just to residents of our own community, but also to meeting and convention visitors, travelers and vacationers.

I encourage you to use the walkways and enjoy our beautiful waterfront.


Otters Name Chris Hartsburg Head Coach, Extend Adams and Wolfe

Erie, Pennsylvania – Erie Otters General Manager Dave Brown announced today that the Otters have hired Chris Hartsburg as the team’s eighth head coach in its Erie history, while promoting B.J. Adams to Associate Coach and extending him and Assistant Coach Wes Wolfe through 2020.

“We’re happy to have Chris back with the Otters family,” said General Manager Dave Brown. “His head coaching experience and familiarity with our style were two things we kept coming back to. It’s important that we have continuity in the way that we develop players and perform on the ice, and Chris and our coaching staff will continue to grow our foundation of success this organization prides itself on.”

Hartsburg returns to Erie after serving as the head coach of the USHL’s Lincoln Stars since the 2014-15 season. The 37-year-old guided the Stars to an 83-83-14 record during his three-year tenure in Lincoln, including a 28-point turnaround and a playoff berth during his second season in 2015-16. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native served as head coach of Team West at the 2016 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and also helped guide the United States Junior Select Team to a gold medal as an assistant coach at the 2016 World Junior A Challenge.

“We’re pleased to add someone with the strong character and passion for coaching as Chris possesses,” Erie Otters C.O.O. and E.V.P. Roy Mlakar said. “We look forward to our three coaches continuing our winning tradition.”

Prior to joining Lincoln, Hartsburg served as an assistant coach for the Erie Otters under Kris Knoblauch in 2013-14. During his only season in Erie, the Otters improved their win total by 33 for the franchise’s best single season in team history with a record of 52-14-2-0 with 106 points, and a Western Conference Final appearance. At the helm of the defense, the Otters limited teams to an OHL and franchise best 170 goals that year, while the penalty kill finished at 84.1% under Hartsburg, good for second best in the OHL.

He also spent four seasons as an assistant coach with the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League from 2009-2013, and a season as an assistant coach with the Colorado Eagles of the Central Hockey League for the 2008-2009 campaign. Hartsburg’s playing career spanned six years in the professional ranks with the Albany River Rats and Colorado Eagles following his four seasons at Colorado College, where he was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the 7th round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

Brown also announced the promotion of B.J. Adams to the role of Associate Coach, while also extending him and Assistant Coach Wes Wolfe through the 2019-2020 season.

“We value the contributions B.J. has made these past two years and want to ensure our organization is in the best situation to succeed,” Dave Brown said. “B.J. and Wes will continue to be a vital part of our staff, and help maintain the tradition they’ve become a part of for years to come.”

As the defensive assistant, Adams has helped the Otters to two straight Hamilton Spectator Trophies as regular season champions, as well as the J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL League Champions this past season. The Otters have finished second in the OHL in team defense in each of the last two seasons under Adams, while his penalty kill finished in the top five during that same two-year stretch. The Scarborough, Ontario native joined the Otters in 2015 following a five-year stint with Canisius College in a similar Assistant Coach role.

Wolfe joined the Otters for the 2016-17 season as an Assistant Coach following his season with the St. Catharines Falcons of the GOJHL where he served as Head Coach and Assistant General Manager. The Niagara Falls, Ontario native has helped improve the Otters outlook into statistical information with his background in analytical data systems that has further advanced the team’s player development model.

2017-18 Erie Otters season tickets and flex packages are currently on sale and can be purchased at the Erie Otters front office, located at 201 East 8th Street. For more information, visit our season tickets page, or contact Darcie Chabola at 814-455-7779 or via email

Erie Events’ Bayfront Hotels Lead Customer Satisfaction in North America

The Courtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel marked its first year of operation Friday, June 23, culminating a successful year as part of the Bayfront Complex that consists of the Bayfront Convention Center, Courtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel and the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel. The hotel received accolades from within the company and amongst other local hotels that validate the positive first 365 days at 2 Sassafras Pier.

  • Reached #1 on TripAdvisor within first 10 months post-opening
  • Ranked #1 full-service Hotel and Restaurant (Shoreline Bar and Grille)
  • Ranked #1 for full-service Guest Satisfaction scores
  • Top 2% of brand year-to-date Staff Service Overall
  • Top 2% of brand year-to-date Intent to Recommend
  • Top 6% of brand year-to-date Overall Guest Satisfaction

The Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel, which opened in 2008, continues to be a leader in the industry as well, receiving their own brand recognition.

  • Top 1% of the entire Sheraton Brand for Hotel Style and Design
  • Top 1% of the entire Sheraton Brand for Food and Beverage
  • Top 2% of the entire Sheraton Brand for Guest Satisfaction Scores: Overall Satisfied
  • #2 in Erie on TripAdvisor site (behind the Courtyard Bayfront)
  • #2 in White Lodging best guest satisfaction scores (behind the Courtyard Bayfront – Courtyard and Sheraton are #1 and #2 in the entire organization)

Entering the summer season with such high company and customer recognition, the two properties look forward to showcasing themselves along with Erie’s best asset, Presque Isle Bay. Additional features at each waterfront location will provide and even more appealing setting for residents and/or visitors. The Sheraton’s Bayfront Grille launched a new summer menu and the 120 seat patio is now open for the season. The restaurant will feature live weekend entertainment on the outdoor patio. The Courtyard’s Shoreline Bar and Grill has expanded its outdoor seating and added a bayside bar with live entertainment.

Both hotels pride themselves in hiring local talent – striving for “brain gain” instead of “brain drain” in the community. Currently, the Sheraton has 125 associates and 16 managers – 99% are hired locally, including six managers who graduated from local Erie universities. The Courtyard has 100 associates and 12 managers, also with 99% of them hired locally. Five of the 12 managers at the Courtyard graduated from a local college or university.

Get the Led Out – The American Led Zeppelin

Get the Led Out | The American Led Zeppelin

January 18, 2018 | 7:30pm | Warner Theatre

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From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get the Led out (GTLO) have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you’ve never heard before. utilizing the multi-instrumentalists at their disposal, GTLO re-create the songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed. When you hear three guitars on the album, GTLO delivers three guitarists on stage. No wigs or fake English accents, GTLO brings what the audience wants – a high energy Zeppelin concert with an honest, heart-thumping intensity.

Get the Led Out’s approach to their performance of this hallowed catalog is not unlike a classical performance. “Led Zeppelin are sort of the classical composers of the rock era,” says lead vocalist Paul Sinclair. “I believe 100 years from now they will be looked at as the Bach or Beethoven of our time. As cliché as it sounds, their music is timeless.”

GTLO has amassed a strong national touring history, having performed at major club and PAC venues across the country, such venerable club venues include Penn’s Peak, Electric Factory, Best But Theater, HOB Boston, Fillmore Charlotte and Ram’s Head Live, Baltimore. PACs including the Sovereign Performing Arts center, Count Basie Theater, Filene Center at Wolf Trap, Kravis Center, Durham Performing Arts Center, Lynn Memorial Theater, the Palace in Greensburg and many more. The band makes their third consecutive appearance at Red Rocks in Denver in the fall of 2016!

Dubbed by the media as “The American Led Zeppelin,” Get the Led Out offers a strong focus on the early years. They also touch on the deeper cuts that were seldom, if ever heard in concert. GTLO also include a special “acoustic set” with Zep favorites such as “Tangerine” and the “Battle of Evermore” being performed in its’ original instrumentation with guest singer Diana DeSantis joining the band. Whether it’s the passion and fury wit which they deliver the blues-soaked, groove-driven rock anthems, it’s their attention to detail and nuance that makes a Get the Led Out performance a truly awe-inspiring event.


PAT BENATAR and NEIL GIRALDO – September 20 – Warner Theatre

Tickets for Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo go on sale Friday, May 19 at 10am for their Wednesday, September 20th 7:30pm performance at the Warner Theatre.

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo will be performing live at the Warner Theatre on September 20, celebrating more than 35 years together. A four-time Grammy winner, Benatar is a classically trained messo-soprano. During the 1980’s, Benatar had two RIAA-certified Multi-Platinum albums, five RIAA-certified Platinum albums, three RIAA-certified Gold albums and 19 Top 40 singles, including the Top 10 hits, “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “Love Is a Battlefield,” “We Belong Together,” and “Invincible.” During the early days of MTV, Benatar was one of the most heavily played artisits on the popular music channel. Her hits continue to be as unforgettable now as they were at the dawn of MTV, when Pat emerged, fearless, fighting and forging a path for other femail rock stars around the world.

Neil “Spyder” James Giraldo has been a professional musician, producer, arranger and songwriter for more than four decades now, changing the face of the pop charts throughout the 1980s with his collaborator, muse, and wife, Pat Benatar. More than just an explosive steel bending guitar player, Giarldo’s innovative vision helped him create the signature Benatar sound, from its inception.

His impressive back catalog includes more than 100 songs written, produced, arranged and recorded for Benatar, as well as many hits he helped create for John Waite, Rick Springfield (Number one, Grammy-winning classic “Jessie’s Girl” and Top 10 hit “I’ve Done Everything for You” included), Kenny Loggins (Top 20 hit “Don’t Fight It” – also Grammy-nominated), Steve Forbert, The Del Lords, Beth Hart and countless others.

Dancing with the Stars: Live! Hot Summer Nights coming to the Erie Insurance Arena

Erie Insurance Arena – June 21st – Tickets on sale now!



All New Show to Feature “Dancing with the Stars” Season 24 Pro Dancers Lindsay Arnold, Sharna Burgess, Artem Chigvintsev, Sasha Farber, Keo Motsepe, Gleb Savchenko and Emma Slater

Tickets on Sale Now!

“Dancing with the Stars” Season 24 winner and NFL running back Rashad Jennings will join his partner, Emma Slater, this summer in “Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Hot Summer Nights.” Fans of the show have the opportunity to see the best ballroom dancers in the business perform live in their hometowns with newly added Mirrorball champion Rashad Jennings. This all-new production showcases every type of ballroom and modern dance seen on ABC’s hit show produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, “Dancing with the Stars,” including sizzling group numbers, steamy duets and over the top original pieces choreographed and creative directed by four-time Emmy© nominated choreographer Mandy Moore. “Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Hot Summer Nights” travels to 43 cities this summer, kicking off on June 16th in Atlantic City, NJ and running through August 13th, 2017, including fan-demanded new cities and theatres the tour has not reached in years.

Captivating audiences across the country, “Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Hot Summer Nights” also features the hottest cast in dance, including Lindsay Arnold, Sharna Burgess, Artem Chigvintsev, Sasha Farber, Keo Motsepe, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater, Alan Bersten, Hayley Erbert and Britt Stewart *. Audiences will have the opportunity to experience the professional dancing, exquisite costumes and excitement they see in the ballroom every Monday night live in theaters across America.

“I am super excited to be heading on tour with Dancing with the Stars Live.  While the NFL is my #1 priority, I can think of no better way to stay in shape, combined with my intensive football training, until that team calls,” said Jennings.

Tickets for the hottest dance show in America, “Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Hot Summer Nights,” are on sale now. For date information and to purchase tickets, go to VIP packages will be available through, giving fans the chance to purchase premium tickets, meet and greet opportunities with the cast, exclusive merchandise and photo opportunities.

“Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Hot Summer Nights” is produced by Faculty Productions in association with BBC Worldwide.