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.
Aaron Hamm – the first local musician to appear on The Clayton Center’s Facebook Live concert series – returns on Wednesday, May 27, and he is bringing the Big River Band with him.
You may have seen the band live before at a local venue or as part of the Clayton Town Square Concert Series. Now you can listen in from home and enjoy an hour of the Big River Band’s “in your face honky tonk country music.”
The Big River Band includes Aaron Hamm (vocal/rhythm), Bryant Aycock (pedal steel), Josh Adams (lead guitar), Jorg Eichfuss (drums) and Alton Taylor (bass). Join them and our growing community of livestream concertgoers for some original hits and great country covers. Hop on our Facebook Live page https://www.facebook.com/TheClaytonCenter/live at 7pm on Wednesday, May 27. Start a watch party and chat with your friends!
The Live-Stream event is free, however you can directly donate to the band via their VENMO: @Aaron-Hamm-4 (https://venmo.com/)
The band has played the Lincoln Theatre, Pour House and the Clayton Town Square Concert Series, and they are on their way to The Clayton Center on Wednesday, June 3, at 7:00 PM to perform in our Facebook Live Concert Series.
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 musicians 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.
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.
Back 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
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.
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.
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.
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.