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East Bay Chamber Announces 18 Finalists for Rhode Islandís Got Talent Show

East Bay Chamber announces 18 RIGT Finalists. The best singers and musicians in Rhode Island will contend for $1,750 in cash prizes at Rhode Islandís Got Talent Show on August 16th at Barrington High School.

Bristol, RI, August 04, 2008 --( East Bay Chamber of Commerce announced today that 18 finalists have been chosen for their highly anticipated summer event, Rhode Island’s Got Talent. Finalists will contend for $1,750 in cash prizes on Saturday, August 16, 2008 at Barrington High School at 7:00 pm.

RIGT Show will be approximately two hours with each contestant performance lasting roughly four minutes in length. There will be a half hour intermission with refreshments and concessions. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded by RIGT judges following the final performance of the evening.

"The finalists represent exactly what Rhode Island’s Got Talent is all about. We have an opera singer, a beat boxer, two rock and roll bands, a swing band and more! It promises to be a well rounded evening of musical entertainment for the whole family.", said Betty Pleacher, President, East Bay Chamber of Commerce.

2008 Finalists Performance Lineup:

Contestant 1 - Melanie Donnelly, North Kingstown
Contestant 2 - Keith Massey, Newport
Contestant 3 - Joy Ventre, Cranston
Contestant 4 - Victoria Carroll, Bristol
Contestant 5 - Kelly Botelho Caton, Bristol
Contestant 6 - Evan Kinnane, Tiverton
Contestant 7 - "JoJo" Sammy Joe Goncalves, East Providence
Contestant 8 - Anthony Leonardo, Riverside
Contestant 9 - Alissa Musto, Rehoboth
Contestant 10 - 2 AM Band (Alexander Graff, Max Saccone, and Alex Saccone ), Pawtucket
Contestant 11 - Sounder Band (Mark Hamel, Steve Mello, "Great" Scott Hamel, Michael O'Shea), Pawtucket
Contestant 12 - Felicia Byrd & Group (Felicia Byrd, Roderick Jones, Matthew Jones, and Jeffrey Jones, Pawtucket
Contestant 13 - Hummingbird Trio (Celia Tafuri, Megan Leibovitz, Erin Maughan), North Kingstown
Contestant 14 - Sarah DelSanto, Portsmouth
Contestant 15 - LaQuandra Seymore, Pawtucket
*Contestant 16 - Rachel Magers, Warren (1st Place Winner East Bay Idol)
*Contestant 17 - David Massed, Warren (2nd Place Winner East Bay Idol)
*Contestant 18 - Lauren Deschenes, Bristol (3rd Place Winner East Bay Idol)

*Top winners from East Bay Idol, presented by the Substance Abuse Task Force, were automatically entered into RIGT.

Charlie Hall of Ocean State Follies will be the host for the much anticipated event taking place on August 16th at Barrington High School. Tickets to Rhode Island's Got Talent are priced at $10 for adults and $6 for children younger than 10 and will be available for purchase the night of the event only. Visit for more information.

$1,750 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winners and the first place winner will perform the National Anthem at a Pawtucket Red Sox Baseball Club game during the 2009 season. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to the Women’s Resource Center of Newport and Bristol Counties ( Winners will be announced on the night of the performance.

For more information about the organizations who have made RIGT possible:
· Ocean State Follies:
· The Pawtucket Red Sox Baseball Club:
· The Substance Abuse Task Force: 401-245-7387.
· Pirata Media LLC
· East Bay Newspapers
· Cardi’s Furniture

The East Bay Chamber of Commerce is located at 16 Cutler Street, Suite 102, Warren, RI and can be reached at 401-245-0750 or


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East Bay Chamber of Commerce
Betty Pleacher
(401) 245-0750

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