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July 2015

Clint Black to Highlight 2015-16 ASU-Newport Patron Series Lineup

Clint Black is Coming to Newport

NEWPORT, Ark. (7/13/2015) — The Arkansas State University-Newport 2015-16 Patron Series gets underway Thursday, Sept. 17 when country music superstar Clint Black takes the stage at the ASUN Center for the Arts in Newport.  The Arkansas Symphony Brass Quintet will spread Christmas spirit with an early December holiday music performance, and Monroe Powell, longtime lead singer for the world-famous group The Platters will wrap up the Patron Series in April with his Salute to The Platters.

Individual tickets for each of the three performances will go on sale August 6, but choice seats may be purchased now by supporting the series through Patron Sponsorship.  Patron Sponsorship, at just $100 per couple or $50 per individual, allows the sponsor to then select and purchase their season tickets in advance at more than 50% off of the regular price.  To become a Patron Sponsor or for more information, contact Sandra Pankey at 870-523-5453 or 870-217-3711.

The intimate setting of ASUN’s Center for the Arts will provide country music fans with an up-close performance from one of the genre’s biggest stars.  With record sales of over 20 million, Clint Black has charted an astounding 22 #1 country singles.  Nominated for three Grammy awards, Black has been the recipient of awards from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, and American Music Awards. His many hits include Put Yourself in My Shoes, Killin’ Time, A Better Man, and When My Ship Comes In.  Additionally, Black was featured in the halftime performance at Super Bowl XXVIII.

ASU-Newport will help ring in the Christmas season Thursday, Dec. 3 when the Arkansas Symphony Brass Quintet visits the Center for the Arts.  Enjoy an evening of Christmas music that will put the entire family in the mood for the holidays.  As an added bonus, students from surrounding schools will be invited to join the Arkansas Symphony Brass for several time-honored carols.

As the lead singer of The Platters for most of the last 40 years, Monroe Powell was originally hired by Platters founder and manager Buck Ram in 1970.  Since then, he has created a legacy of his own, making appearances with The Platters around the globe.  Powell will bring his Salute to the Platters to ASUN Saturday, April 23 with a performance that is sure to send the audience down memory lane with classic hits such as Only You, The Great Pretender, and Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.  Powell began his career with the Dominoes and then the Ink Spots before becoming the lead singer for The Platters, and since then he has logged over 40 years of recording and touring with these internationally acclaimed groups.  Although Powell never claimed to be an original member of The Platters, when he became the lead singer, he became a mainstay in the group and may well be the most well-known member of the Platters throughout the group’s history.  

Following the drive for Patron Sponsorships, reserved-seat tickets will go on sale August 6 through the ASUN Business Office and through ASUN’s new automated ticketing website.  Clint Black tickets will be priced at $35 each, while tickets for the Arkansas Symphony Brass and Monroe Powell’s Salute to The Platters will be priced at $20 each.

To purchase tickets, call 870-512-7802 or log on to