|July 23, 2021|
The Newport Folk Festival, founded in 1959 by George Wein, has been the site of legendary musical performances over the years. Many great artists have graced the stage here, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, The Allman Brothers, Jimmy Buffett, and The Black Crowes. This summer, Newport will stage a once-in-a-lifetime event for its audience – bringing intimate and up-close experiences for fans and artists alike. As always, Newport Folk will bring surprise guests and never before seen collaborations all set to the backdrop of Narragansett Bay. Newport Folk may not look the same, but it will feel the same. #FolkOn
Celisse is a multitalented artist whose work spans myriad artistic disciplines and inspires all those who bear witness. She laid the roots of her career as a performer in Broadway’s Godspell and Wicked, and on television in 30 Rock and Rescue Me, among others. Since then, Celisse has established herself as a highly sought-after musician, supporting artists ranging from Lizzo (Saturday Night Live) to Jon Batiste (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Tiny Desk Concert) to Tiana Major9 (Afropunk). She is a member of Ghosts of the Forest with Trey Anastasio and has played alongside music legends Melissa Ethridge (Apollo Theatre) and Mariah Carey (Beacon Theatre). As a musician, she has established strategic partnerships with Gibson, Benson Amps, Korg and Keeley Electronics, among others. She has lent her musical talents to the choral arrangements for America’s Got Talent and is currently commissioned as composer and orchestrator of a brand-new Contemporary Opera for Catapult Opera. As a solo artist, Celisse played a 2019 headlining tour across Russia and is set to release a full-length album in the Fall of 2021. Her original music, powered by her soulful voice, is hard-rocking and blues-tinged, with hooks that are both infectious and incredibly moving.