Calendar of Events

The Clayton Center Performing Arts Center Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill

Aug
24
Thu
2017
Season Kick-Off & Preview Party With Shana Tucker
Aug 24 @ 6:00 pm

Shana TuckerJoin us on Thursday, August 24, for our Palladian Series season kick-off party, starring Shana Tucker.

Preview our 15th anniversary series, purchase new season ticket packages and enjoy the show. The price is right! For just $10 per ticket, you can enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks (cash bar) in the Council Chambers before the show, and then head to the auditorium for a performance by the incomparable and irresistible Shana Tucker. The season kick-off reception will be held from 6-7:15 PM. The concert begins at 7:30 PM. Seating for this event will be limited (only 300 seats are available), so purchase your tickets early!

ABOUT SHANA TUCKER
The Durham Herald-Sun calls Shana, “An absolute stunner,” and says, “Her original gumbo of jazz, folk and R&B evokes the spirit of Bill Withers and Esperanza Spalding.”

Shana’s style and sound are influenced by her jazz and classical roots, which she deftly weaves with the pop music, movie soundtracks and world music of the 80s and 90s. For the past 5 years, Shana has balanced her theatre, club and festival performances with her role as featured cellist/vocalist in Cirque du Soleil’s KÀ at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In 2017 she returned to her full-time touring and recording schedule.

 

Sep
22
Fri
2017
WKJO Country Superstars Presents The John Conlee Show
Sep 22 @ 7:00 pm

John Conlee is a country music icon and has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1981. During John Conlee’s near 40 year career in Country Music, he has brought to audiences such classic songs as his signature song, Rose Colored Glasses, Friday Night Blues, Backside of 30, Common Man, Miss Emily’s Picture, I Don’t Remember Lovin’ You, and more.

Overall, there have been over 30 single releases throughout the years with 26 of them charting in the top 20 or better. Eight of those 26 have reached the coveted No. 1 spot on the national country charts.

 

Oct
19
Thu
2017
Chicks With Hits – Terri Clark, Pam Tillis & Suzy Bogguss
Oct 19 @ 8:00 pm

chicks with hitsThree of country music’s shining female stars hit the road together this fall, stopping in Clayton with their Chicks With Hits tour. Nashville divas Terri Clark, Pam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss perform their guitar-pull style acoustic show and come together to play your favorite hit songs from their legendary careers. Combined, these mighty musical ladies have more awards and nominations than we can count, and all are members of the Grand Ole Opry. Don’t miss this chance to see them live at The Clayton Center.

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Nov
11
Sat
2017
Kathy Mattea, with Bill Cooley
Nov 11 @ 8:00 pm

Kathy MatteaWhat began as an experiment— trying out a wide range of new songs and styles with a fresh approach to singing — has become a successful full-blown tour for Grammy winner Kathy Mattea and her long-time guitarist, collaborator and friend Bill Cooley. The Acoustic Living Room Tour brings this dynamic musical duo together for an evening of great songs and great stories in a simple, relaxed performance that spotlights the pair’s acoustic guitar chops and Kathy’s lithe, expressive vocal style.

Sit back and enjoy Kathy’s beloved classics such as “18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses,” “Where’ve You Been?” and many other hits, plus a handful of more eclectic and often requested tunes from her extensive catalogue, and a sprinkling of brand new material, all reinterpreted for this new format.

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Dec
8
Fri
2017
Celtic Tenors
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm

Celtic TenorsWho are as handsome, witty and as talented as the the day is long? The Celtic Tenors that’s who! We love these guys…and you will, too!

Celebrate the holidays with your family and friends and our favorite Irishmen — Daryl, James and Matthew — as they entertain you with skillful and artistic renditions of Irish folk standards, fun and energetic pop favorites and classic Christmas tunes. Enjoy a thoroughly uplifting evening of world-class music delivered with the endearing charm of The Celtic Tenors.

The Celtic Tenors have captivated audiences around the world since their arrival on the music scene  in 2000. What began as three very talented friends gathering on the operatic stage has since exploded into an international recording and touring phenomenon that transcends the trio’s classical roots and embraces folk, pop and various other dimensions of the musical spectrum.

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Feb
10
Sat
2018
Carrie Newcomer
Feb 10 @ 8:00 pm

Carrie NewcomerSinger-songwriter and recording artist Carrie Newcomer has been described as a ”soaring songstress” by Billboard and a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe. The Austin Statesman described her as having “a voice as rich as Godiva chocolate,” and Rolling Stone once said, she “asks all the right questions.”  Most simply put, the Dallas Morning News said, “she’s the kind of artist whose music makes you stop, think and then say, ‘that is so true.’”

She was listed as one of the “50 most influential folk musicians of the past 50 years” by Chicago’s WFMT, and Boston’s WBEZ listed her as one of the most influential folk artists of the last 25 years. She has toured with Alison Krauss, and Nickel Creek recorded Newcomer’s song “I Should’ve Known Better” on their Grammy-winning album This Side.

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Mar
16
Fri
2018
Malpass Brothers
Mar 16 @ 8:00 pm

Malpass BrothersIf you like cornbread and hush puppies, you are going to love the Malpass Brothers. With sincerity, honesty and an utter ease on stage that belies their years, the Malpass Brothers’ smooth vocal blend and skillful musicianship layer into the deep respect they pay to legends who came before them.

As young boys, Christopher and Taylor soaked up the music of their granddad’s phonograph records. Christopher earned his first talent show trophy at age 7, and Taylor was playing mandolin by the time he was 10. Today, they promote the work and music of classic country artists they treasure while creating new music and making their own mark in the lineage of a rich American cultural heritage.

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May
12
Sat
2018
Johnston County Chorale Spring Concert
May 12 @ 3:00 pm

The Johnston County Chorale performs in its spring 2018 concert, “Made in the USA.” The chorale presents your favorite music of American Band Stand, country and gospel, with a patriotic finale and a special salute to the troops. Tickets on sale beginning Monday, April 2, at 10 AM. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. A group rate is available.

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May
17
Thu
2018
David Myles
May 17 @ 8:00 pm

David MylesLike his trademark suit, David Myles music is timeless. From soulful, contemporary pop crooners to delicate, jazzy folk ditties, from down-home, back porch roots tunes to infectious hip-hop earworms, this Juno Award winner’s only artistic constants are his always growing, shape-shifting songwriting, and his exceptional ability to entertain.

David effortlessly injects any song with his irresistible energy, which has led him to numerous collaborations – with a Latin Grammy winner to a world-renowned opera diva to a Canadian hip hop star. His endearing live charm, coupled with an uplifting sense of humor, has gained David an increasingly large fanbase, and afforded him frequent festival appearances.

Hovering somewhere around a magic spot between James Taylor and Justin Timberlake, David’s diverse set of musical tools has garnered a staggering number of prestigious nominations and awards. He has earned a reputation as a great showman, and his flawless musicianship and unforgettable stories have made him a favorite with fans everywhere.

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Aug
10
Fri
2018
2018-19 Palladian Series Preview & Presale Party
Aug 10 @ 6:30 pm

The 2018-19 Palladian Series preview and presale party is Friday, August 10. A $10 ticket will buy you an evening out AND the chance to purchase individual tickets to shows in the season before they go on sale to the general public.

Al Strong and the Fresh Five headline the event, with a 7:30 PM concert. A pre-show reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar takes place beginning at 6:30 PM.

IMPORTANT: Tickets purchased after Wednesday, August 1, will be for concert admission ONLY and will NOT include the preshow reception.

About Al Strong & The Fresh Five

This ensemble seeks to push the envelope in defying musical genres, with hints of AfroBeat, rock, jazz and soul music all nicely woven together.

It’s all dance music for this group and a chance for pure musical expression. When not performing in the Raleigh-Durham area, Al Strong balances his nonprofit and teaching responsibilities with traveling and performing. He is regularly booked in jazz scenes up and down the East coast, frequenting cities such as New York, DC and Atlanta. He has headlined his own shows at the BlueNote Jazz Festival, the Winter Jazz Fest, Blues Alley and a host of other clubs. At the heart of Strong’s work ethic is dedication to building a brand based on good, honest music that connects with and speaks to the listener’s hearts.  

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Oct
27
Sat
2018
Roots & Boots Tour
Oct 27 @ 8:00 pm

Three of the voices that defined 90s country music – Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Collin Raye – join forces in the Roots & Boots tour. Combined, the trio has amassed more than 40 Top 10 radio smash hits and sold more than 25 million albums. Don’t miss these iconic country artists as they come together to swap stories and perform their classic songs all on one stage.

 Reserved seating for this show is SOLD OUT. Please call the Box Office at 919-553-1737 or email eventinfo@townofclaytonnc.org for information about this show or to be added to a waiting list should seats become available. Standing Room Only tickets are available for this show for $25, plus tax & fees.

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Nov
9
Fri
2018
Royal Wood
Nov 9 @ 8:00 pm

 

Royal Wood, Canadian singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, has established himself as a true musical talent. Since being proclaimed “Songwriter of the Year” by iTunes, Wood has continued to evolve and hone his musical craft – maintaining an unmistakable identity while uncovering and reinventing his sound.

Wood has two albums that have debuted in the Top 30, multiple JUNO nominations, 2-time Canadian Folk Music Award-nominee, and a #1 added song at Hot AC radio. His songs have been heard on high profile sync placements like Grey’s Anatomy, and Private Practice. Witness a night with this charming musical talent. $18

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Dec
1
Sat
2018
A Clayton Christmas presented by The Around Town Singers & Orchestra
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm
A Clayton Christmas presented by The Around Town Singers & Orchestra @ The Clayton Center

Tickets on sale October 1 at 10 AM.

Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas show the way they used to be. Sing along to all of your favorite songs of the season, plus enjoy comedy, carols and a sing-along. The show features the Around Town Singers and a 25-piece orchestra, plus special guests that you won’t want to miss. Follow A Clayton Christmas blog for details of this family-friendly show and performers.

Tickets are $18, plus sales tax and fees. A group discount is available for groups of 10 or more.

Dec
7
Fri
2018
Fabulous Equinox Orchestra
Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Fabulous Equinox Orchestra Clayton Center NC

The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra swings back through Clayton with a holiday show guaranteed to brighten the season. Enjoy holiday classics – along with your favorite American standards – presented with the charm and extraordinary jazz musicianship of Jeremy Davis, Clay Johnson and the Equinox Orchestra. $35

 

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Feb
8
Fri
2019
Yolanda Rabun
Feb 8 @ 8:00 pm

North Carolina based songstress Yolanda Rabun is a fierce performer whose versatility allows her to master all styles of music. Her shows are engaging, full of passion, and include straight-ahead and contemporary jazz, blues, folk, pop and even gospel. A skilled singer with a natural storytelling instinct, Yolanda will WOW you with her boundless energy, inventiveness and commanding vocal power. $22

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Mar
16
Sat
2019
Mac Powell & The Family Reunion
Mar 16 @ 8:00 pm

Mac Powell Clayton NCMac Powell grew up in a small town in Alabama. His love for music began at an early age as both of his parents would sing and play guitar around the house. Mac soon began to sing in the local country church by day, and listen to his Dad’s record collection by night.

When Mac was a sophomore in high school, he moved to Atlanta, GA, where his passion for music and faith found an outlet in the band THIRD DAY. Over the past 25 years, THIRD DAY has helped transform Christian music and built a devoted fan base while traveling the world many times over, selling 10 million albums, earning 4 Grammy awards, 1 American Music Award, 24 Dove Awards, and by being inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

Along the way, Mac has been honored to perform in front of millions of fans around the world and play music with some of the best musicians in the industry. Many of these acquaintances both onstage and in the crowd have turned from friends into true family members, and now it’s time for a good old fashioned Family Reunion!

MAC POWELL and the FAMILY REUNION officially started in early 2018 as the next chapter of Mac’s musical journey. The Family Reunion is a band that has developed over the past several years from the musical “brothers” that have been recording and playing live with Mac in support of his first two independent solo projects.

The Southern roots – American rock collections are foot-stompin’, hand clappin’ tunes – clearly pay tribute to the early musical inspirations from his childhood. The live show is a blend of classic and sing along Gospel, Country, and American Rock songs, combined with some Mac’s favorite THIRD DAY numbers that he has written, and his latest original tunes.

 

Apr
13
Sat
2019
Lee Roy Parnell
Apr 13 @ 8:00 pm

Lee Roy Parnell returns, bringing his “soulful vocal delivery and blistering array of guitar chops,” to the stage. The multiple Grammy Award nominee is widely recognized as one of the best slide guitar players on the planet. Don’t miss this chance to see Lee Roy live as he performs his brand of Texas blues, Memphis soul, and Southern rock. $25

 

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May
11
Sat
2019
Johnston County Chorus – The Greatest Show – Music from the Movies
May 11 @ 2:00 pm

The Johnston County Chorus is busy rehearsing for their upcoming spring concert at the Clayton Center. The show will feature more than 60 singers and a live band presenting movie classics through the years. Two shows: a 2 PM matinee and 7 PM.

Johnston County Chorus – THE GREATEST SHOW – Music from the Movies
May 11 @ 7:00 pm

The Johnston County Chorus is busy rehearsing for their upcoming spring concert at the Clayton Center. The show will feature more than 60 singers and a live band presenting movie classics through the years. Two shows: a 2 PM matinee and 7 PM.

Aug
8
Thu
2019
Season Preview & Presale Party featuring Violet Bell
Aug 8 @ 7:30 pm

The Clayton Center’s fifth annual Palladian Series Preview and Presale party is Thursday, August 8. A $10 ticket will buy you an evening out AND the chance to purchase individual tickets to shows in the season before they go on sale to the general public.

North Carolina duo Violet Bell will headline the event with a 7:30 PM concert. Tickets to the event go on sale on July 8 at 10 AM.

Violet Bell weaves roots, soul, psychedelic and classical music into a lush, wild soundscape. On stage and in the studio, the North Carolina duo of Lizzy Ross (guitar, banjo, vocals) and Omar Ruiz-Lopez (violin, viola, cello, guitar, mandolin, vocals) share magnetic chemistry. The two have played more than 300 shows from Montreal to Miami in just over two years, honing the fiery intimacy of their live show and building a steadily growing fan base.

Violet Bell cut their debut LP Honey in My Heart with engineer Jason Richmond (Avett Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Nneena Freelon, Dom Flemons, Bombadil). The songs were recorded live in single takes, without isolation, click tracks or vocal tuning. Full of personality, Honey in My Heart feels consistent with the duo’s true selves as opposed to hidden behind studio wizardry.

Violet Bell was an official Americanafest 2018 showcasing artist. Since forming in March 2016, Violet Bell has been presented at venues and festivals such as WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour, The Center for the Study of the American South, Rooster Walk Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, Ocrafolk Festival, the Charleston Bluegrass Festival, the Festival for the Eno, the Beaufort Music Festival, the Burlington Carousel Festival, the Haw River Ballroom, Folk Alliance International, and many more.

Violet Bell has worked with KidzNotes, the Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra, The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, the University of Mary Washington’s James Farmer Multicultural Fair, the Savannah Folk Music Society, and others to engage communities of all ages in educational and inspiring workshops.

Violet Bell was born in 2016, when singer-songwriter Ross recruited Ruiz-Lopez as a multi-instrumentalist for a live album recording show… two weeks before the show. Ruiz-Lopez slayed the performance and brought out a new dimension of beauty in the music. Violet Bell released their debut EP Dream the Wheel in 2017 and have been playing ever since.