Calendar of Events

The Clayton Center Performing Arts Center Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill

Feb
28
Fri
2020
“Our Town” presented by Carolina Youth Theatre
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm
"Our Town" presented by Carolina Youth Theatre @ The Clayton Center

Tickets on sale on Monday, February 3, at 10 AM.

For over 80 years, Our Town by Thornton Wilder has captured the hearts of audiences and remains one of the most performed and best-known plays in American theater. In fact, it is said that every night, somewhere in the world, an audience is watching Our Town.

In celebration of the Town of Clayton’s 150th anniversary, Carolina Youth Theatre is staging the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. First produced and published in 1938, Our Town explores the lives of people living in a small, quintessentially American town. The play is divided into three aspects of the human experience, Act 1 – The Daily Life, Act 2 – Love & Marriage, Act 3 – Death & Eternity. Carolina Youth Theatre’s production will contain design elements that nod to the Town of Clayton’s past.

Feb
29
Sat
2020
“Our Town” presented by Carolina Youth Theatre
Feb 29 @ 7:00 pm
"Our Town" presented by Carolina Youth Theatre @ The Clayton Center

Tickets on sale on Monday, February 3, at 10 AM.

For over 80 years, Our Town by Thornton Wilder has captured the hearts of audiences and remains one of the most performed and best-known plays in American theater. In fact, it is said that every night, somewhere in the world, an audience is watching Our Town.

In celebration of the Town of Clayton’s 150th anniversary, Carolina Youth Theatre is staging the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. First produced and published in 1938, Our Town explores the lives of people living in a small, quintessentially American town. The play is divided into three aspects of the human experience, Act 1 – The Daily Life, Act 2 – Love & Marriage, Act 3 – Death & Eternity. Carolina Youth Theatre’s production will contain design elements that nod to the Town of Clayton’s past.

Mar
5
Thu
2020
Clayton Visual Arts Meet the Artists Reception
Mar 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join Clayton Visual Arts as they celebrate the work of area artists in a variety of genres. Refreshments and wine will be served. Exhibits rotate monthly and are available for viewing in The Clayton Center lobby Monday-Friday during business hours.

Mar
20
Fri
2020
CANCELED – Susan Werner & David Myles
Mar 20 @ 8:00 pm

THIS PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN POSTPONED

Please check back for updated information and a rescheduled date.

Two recent Palladian Series favorites return to perform in one exciting and entertaining show. Singer-songwriters Susan Werner and David Myles take the stage for an engaging evening of eclectic music.

Celebrated performing songwriter Susan Werner has made a name for herself coast to coast. From her 1995 major label folk/rock debut Last of the Good Straight Girls to her 2007 collection of agnostic gospel hymns The Gospel Truth to her 2017 travelogue An American In Havana, Werner writes ambitious concept albums with subject matter and sounds to match.

Spring 2019 brings a fresh set of songs from Werner, this time a New Orleans inspired piano throwdown titled NOLA. One of the few songwriters to have been featured on legendary Marian McPartland’s NPR Piano Jazz, Werner indulges her considerable piano chops with riffs and grooves reminiscent of Dr. John, James Booker, Professor Longhair and Allen Toussaint.

Meanwhile, Canadian troubadour David Myles’s song and dance mastery keeps getting more and more impressive — 2017’s award-winning, vintage rock ‘n’ roll hip-swiveler Real Love and the spectacular, lush Francophone pop of 2018’s Le grand départ stand testament to that. But Myles is compelled to rush forth toward new challenges and accomplishments.

This past year he released Santa Never Brings Me a Banjo, a children’s book based on his beloved modern holiday classic, and dove back into the world of public radio, broadcasting his smooth baritone over Alberta’s CKUA airwaves on his new show Myles From Home. Not to mention he does it all while adhering to an unrelenting tour schedule that has seen him and comrades Kyle Cunjak (bass) and Alan Jeffries (guitar) grace stages around the world.

Apr
18
Sat
2020
CANCELED – Don Friesen & Brad Upton
Apr 18 @ 8:00 pm

Direct from Dry Bar Comedy… Don Friesen and Brad Upton!

If you missed Don Friesen‘s hilarious Showtime one-hour special, Ask Your Mom, you’ve got to catch him live at The Clayton Center. Engaging, clever and just flat-out funny, Don captures the irony of parenting, marriage and everyday absurdities through characters, voices, parodies and some of the best written routines around.

As the only two-time winner in the 41-year history of the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition, Friesen ignites the stage with a playful, high-energy spoof of his life as a modern suburban dad trying to get through the day with a bit of money in the bank and a scrap of dignity intact. He’s a wanna-be geek who constantly upgrades to the latest tech, but can never get it to work, leading to signature bits about tech support, Idiots Guides, texting and passwords.

Friesen’s credits include Showtime, Live at Gotham, The Lewis Black Christmas Special, and Comics Unleashed. He was also featured in TBS’ The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas and is a wildly popular on KLOS’ 5:00 Funnies, 100.3 The Sound’s Laughter at 45 After, and XM Sirius satellite radio.

Brad Upton was a 4th grade teacher and high school track coach when he stepped on stage for the very first time in September of 1984. He’s never looked back. He quickly rose through the standup ranks making numerous television appearances and headlining comedy clubs from coast-to-coast.

In September of 2018 Upton surpassed 6,000 lifetime performances. He is a past winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival and appeared at Caesar’s Palace as part of the HBO Comedy Festival. He has spent the last 12 years as the opening act for the legendary Johnny Mathis and did multiple shows all over the country with the late, great Joan Rivers.

Upton has also been seen in concert with The Smothers Brothers, Smokey Robinson, Little Big Town, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Lewis Black, George Jones, Glen Campbell, Pam Tillis, Neal McCoy and many others. He writes about everyday life, a long-term marriage and anything else that pops into his head. He packs more laughs-per-minute into his set than nearly anyone in the business.

donfriesen.com, bradupton.com

Jun
10
Wed
2020
Rebel’s Fox – Livestream from The Clayton Center
Jun 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Rebel’s Fox is returning to The Clayton Center, and they’re bringing the full, four-piece band with them. Hang out with these talented Rebels Fox in concertmusicians and enjoy some LIVE rock and country music – all without leaving the house.

Rebel’s Fox is fronted by Stephanie Lynn, who sings lead vocals and plays rhythm guitar. Backing Stephanie is Eddie Markham on electric guitar/VOX, Jay (J-Razz) Raczkowski on bass guitar/VOX, and Amy Hall on drums.

The Clayton Center’s weekly livestream concerts are Wednesdays at 7:00 PM. Access the show here (www.facebook.com/TheClaytonCenter/live). The livestream is free, but we encourage you to support the band through their personal tip jar via PayPal: @RebelsFox.

 

Jun
17
Wed
2020
Autumn Nicholas – Facebook Livestream from The Clayton Center
Jun 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Autumn Nicholas is a vibrant, gifted artist, vocalist, songwriter and performer who has amazed audiences around the country. Reminiscent of the singer/songwriter sensibility of Julia Michaels, James Bray and Ed Sheeran, with the warmth of Adele and George Ezra, Nicholas’ lyrics and melodies tell stories – stories about love, pain, loss, and hope.

Nicholas seamlessly blends pop alternative melodies that become part of your daily playlist. Her textured vocals create imagery that brings the listener in so they feel that her journey is their journey. She is an award-winning artist and performer that connects with fans in large venues and small intimate performances. Her new EP showcases her vocal range and lyrical sensibilities with pop infused, guitar-driven melodies.

Jun
24
Wed
2020
Bruce Naegelen – Facebook Livestream from The Clayton Center
Jun 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

bruce naegelen at clayton centerBack by popular demand….Clayton’s favorite man-about-town, Bruce Naegelen. Bruce steps back on the stage to perform for The Clayton Center’s June 24 FACEBOOK LIVE event. The singer-songwriter will perform an hour of classic rock, pop, country and folk from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Join us on Facebook at 7 PM and connect with our growing community of local livestream music lovers. The live stream is free, but you can show your support by donating to Bruce’s personal Tip Jar at either Venmo: @bruce-naegelen or PayPal: PayPal.me/brucenaegelen1

Jul
1
Wed
2020
Project 63 – Facebook Livestream from The Clayton Center
Jul 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Clayton Center welcomes Project 63, an Alt Americana band from neighboring Zebulon, to our Facebook livestream series on Wednesday, July 1, beginning at 7 PM. This eclectic group of musicians was most heavily influenced by John Hiatt, the Rolling Stones, James Gang, Black Crows, Grateful Dead, Tom Petty and Pink Floyd.

This performance is a prelude to the Project 63‘s July 4 release of their newest album, “Lost In The Light.”

Join us on Facebook Live at 7 PM and connect with our growing community of local livestream music lovers. The live stream is free, but you can show your support by donating to the Project 63 virtual tip jar during the show.

Jul
4
Sat
2020
The Malpass Brothers – July Fourth Livestream Celebration
Jul 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Malpass Brothers - July Fourth Livestream Celebration @ The Clayton Center

We may not have fireworks, but we’re still going to have a blast this Fourth of July at The Clayton Center. The Malpass Brothers – favorite hometown boys from eastern North Carolina – will perform a virtual concert live from our stage beginning at 7:00 PM on Saturday, July 4. You can access the free livestream via Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/TheClaytonCenter/live).

How better to celebrate Independence Day than with a band that is as authentic as chopped pork barbecue and hush puppies and every bit as American as apple pie? With The Malpass Brothers you can count on classic country. Count on new Malpass tunes. Count on a couple of old-time traditional gospels. Most of all, count on a good time together at home with The Malpass Brothers.

The livestream is presented by The Clayton Center in collaboration with the NC Arts Council and Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation. This is a FREE event, but, in lieu of a ticket, we ask that you support The Malpass Brothers with a donation via PayPal at paypal.me/malpassbrothers.

As an added bonus, you can catch The Malpass Brothers in a second show on July 25 streamed by our friends at the Wake Forest Renaissance Center. For more information click here.

Jul
8
Wed
2020
VIOLET BELL – Facebook Livestream from The Clayton Center
Jul 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
VIOLET BELL - Facebook Livestream from The Clayton Center @ The Clayton Center

Violet Bell, folk-soul duo from Chapel Hill, is the featured act for The Clayton Center‘s July 8 Facebook livestream series. The duo, Omar Ruiz-Lopez and Lizzy Ross, was introduced to The Clayton Center when they performed at the August 2019 Palladian Series Season Kickoff event.

The one-hour livestream concert is presented by The Clayton Center in collaboration with the NC Arts Council and Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation. The livestream is free, but you can help support Violet Bell with a donation to their virtual tip jar during the show.

So, join us on Facebook Live at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, July 8.

Jul
14
Tue
2020
Storyteller Donna Washington – Facebook Livestream from The Clayton Center
Jul 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Clayton Center’s livestream programming branches out in July with a performance by Durham-based master storyteller Donna Washington.

Her one-woman show, Chairs in the Trees, recounts Washington’s experiences as a black performer touring across the country during the Obama presidency and her encounters with people who believed that they know better than her what it means to be black in America.

The livestream, presented by The Clayton Center in collaboration with the N.C. Arts Council and Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation, is scheduled for Tuesday, July 14, at 7:00 PM on The Clayton Center’s Facebook Live page. The show is appropriate for middle school and high school students. Parents are encouraged to watch along with their teens and to engage their students in a dialogue about Washington’s fascinating, funny and thought provoking content.

Washington is an internationally known, multiple award-winning storyteller, spoken word recording artist and author. She has been entertaining, educating and inspiring audiences with her vocal pyrotechnics and deep characterizations for more than 30 years.

She is renowned for her storytelling for both children and adults. Her 11 storytelling CDs have garnered 28 national awards, and she has authored numerous articles about storytelling and education including her very popular blog Language, Literacy & Storytelling. She is also the author of four children’s books: Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa, A Pride of African Tales, The Story of Kwanzaa, and A Big Spooky House.

Jul
15
Wed
2020
BROTHER LUCKY – Facebook Livestream from The Clayton Center
Jul 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Brother Lucky, three local guys that grew up on hard rock and heavy metal, take a turn on The Clayton Center Facebook livestream series on Wednesday, July 15, at 7:00 PM.

The band features J.B Mayes, lead guitar and vocals; Jason Lee, Jason Lee, guitar and vocals; and Nelson Scott, drums and percussion.

The one-hour livestream concert is free, but you can help support Brother Lucky with a donation to their virtual tip jar during the show.

So, join us on Facebook Live at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, July 15.

Jul
29
Wed
2020
LaureNicole – Facebook Livestream from The Clayton Center
Jul 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

LaureNicole is an original rock and roll band from Raleigh. Led by lead vocalist Lauren Nicole, the band also includes Griffin Prufer on lead guitar, Evan Bennett on bass guitar and Jim Snyder on drums. They will be the featured band on The Clayton Center‘s Facebook Livestream concert on Wednesday, July 29, beginning at 7:00 PM.

Lauren Nichole is an award-winning performer having earned the 2016 Carolina Music Award for Best Female Rock Artist of the Year. On stage, the band brings a combination of hard-hitting rock originals along with favorite top rock hits.

The one-hour livestream concert is free, but you can help support the band with a donation to their virtual tip jar during the show. Set a reminder and join us on Facebook Live at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, July 29.

 

Sep
3
Thu
2020
Clayton Visual Arts Meet the Artists Reception
Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join Clayton Visual Arts as they celebrate the work of area artists in a variety of genres. Refreshments and wine will be served. Exhibits rotate monthly and are available for viewing in The Clayton Center lobby Monday-Friday during business hours.

Oct
8
Thu
2020
Clayton Visual Arts Meet the Artists Reception
Oct 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join Clayton Visual Arts as they celebrate the work of area artists in a variety of genres. Refreshments and wine will be served. Exhibits rotate monthly and are available for viewing in The Clayton Center lobby Monday-Friday during business hours.

Nov
5
Thu
2020
Clayton Visual Arts Meet the Artists Reception
Nov 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join Clayton Visual Arts as they celebrate the work of area artists in a variety of genres. Refreshments and wine will be served. Exhibits rotate monthly and are available for viewing in The Clayton Center lobby Monday-Friday during business hours.

Dec
3
Thu
2020
Clayton Visual Arts Meet the Artists Reception
Dec 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join Clayton Visual Arts as they celebrate the work of area artists in a variety of genres. Refreshments and wine will be served. Exhibits rotate monthly and are available for viewing in The Clayton Center lobby Monday-Friday during business hours.