Music series

Newport Performing Arts Center to launch online music series on Friday

The Newport Performing Arts Center will launch a free music series to the public online starting Friday, December 18 at 8 p.m. with a performance by singer-songwriter Griffin Anthony.

“We weren’t going to let COVID slow us down and we’re very happy to launch this series,” said John Cratin, chairman of the board of directors of the nonprofit NPAC.

A native of New York, Anthony is a longtime NPAC collaborator. His musical influences include John Prine, Bill Withers, Van Morrison and JJ Cale. He has released three albums, including Refuge in 2018, The Making of a Man in 2015 and The Canyon in 2012.

Anthony has also enjoyed success as a film score composer for projects such as the Woodstock Film Festival’s selected documentary “Catskill Park”, as well as for HBO’s “Call to Action” and “I Wanna See You.”

The musician has a local connection to Newport. As a teenager, he spent summers working as a stagehand for the Newport Folk Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival in Fort Adams State Park.

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The Newport Performing Arts Center is a non-profit organization. The current restoration and revitalization of the former Opera House will bring the performing arts year round to downtown Newport.

NPAC will feature live performances of music, dance and theater, comedy, guest speakers, as well as educational and community programs.