Palladian Series Finale With Mike Farris Featured On “My Carolina Talk”


Valonda Calloway of WNCN’s My Carolina Talk had lunch with Scotty at Clayton Steakhouse recently to chat about this Saturday’s Mike Farris concert. Check out the conversation here.



Grammy Winner Mike Farris To Close Palladian Series


Mike Farris − the first recording artist to receive a Grammy Award for Best Roots Gospel Album − takes the stage on Saturday, April 30, as the last performer in the 2015-16 Palladian Series. Farris won our hearts in the 2010 Palladian season and continues to electrify audiences with his live performances. His latest CD, Shine For All The People, showcases his trademark interpretations of traditional gospel steeped in the influence of rock, vintage Memphis soul and the swagger of New Orleans. Tickets for the 8 PM performance are $25 (plus sales tax and fees.) Click here to purchase tickets.

Spring Spruce Up At The Clayton Center Includes New Windows

ITheClaytonCenterwindowst may be raining outside, but work on The Clayton Center window replacement project continues today inside the building as crews work to remove storm windows installed as part of the original renovation of the Center more than 13 years ago.

The project began on March 9 with the delivery of the new windows. Since then, a crew from Muter Construction has been working to replace the crumbling 90-plus-year-old windows in the auditorium and conference center classrooms.

When The Clayton Center was renovated from the former school buildings, the Town worked to preserve the original windows. The current project will upfit the Center with more cost-saving, energy efficient windows, while maintaining the architectural integrity of historic building.

For more detailed information about the project, see coverage by the Clayton News-Star here.


“My Carolina Talk” Talks About March 12 Show At The Clayton Center

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My Carolina Talk was talking about The Clayton Center today after a visit from Valonda Calloway, host of the popular morning talk show. The show — formerly My Carolina Today — featured a chat with our Center executive director Scotty Henley about this Saturday’s Palladian Series performance by Lee Roy Parnell with Clayton native Kennedy Fitzsimmons as the opening act.

The segment also focused on Palladian Series sponsor Universal Chevrolet of Wendell. In case you miss today’s segment of My Carolina Talk, click here.

Local Singer-Songwriter Kennedy Fitzsimmons To Open Saturday Show

If you enjoy going out to local clubs to listen to live music, you may have seen Kennedy Fitzsimmons perform a time or two. Profile with GuitarBefore her recent move to Nashville, TN, Kennedy could be seen – and heard – around town at festivals such as the annual Millstock Music & Arts Fair, the taprooms of Deep River and Double Barley brewing companies, and other area venues.

This Saturday, March 12, Kennedy will make her professional debut on The Clayton Center stage as the opening act for slide guitarist Lee Roy Parnell. Kennedy, and guitarist Walter Garland, will take the stage at 8 PM.

Born in upstate New York and raised in Clayton, Kennedy grew up with a variety of musical influences. She learned to sing at an early age thanks to her parents who are both performing singers. The musical tradition in her family also extends to her grandfather – who taught her to play guitar – and a number of other relatives who are professional musicians.

Over the years, Kennedy learned to love many genres of music including country, bluegrass, rock, and blues. She began incorporating these influences into her own original music when she started writing songs at the age of 10.

Over the years Kennedy has built up an impressive performance resume including bars, clubs, festivals, and even guest performances with major country acts. She has significant experience performing as both a singer-songwriter and as lead singer with the backing of a full band.

Kennedy recently moved to Tennessee where she performs in the heart of Nashville six to seven times a week with her band. She is currently working on her first record to be released later this year.

Tickets to see the March 12 show are $25 (plus sales tax and fees). Click here to purchase tickets.