Calendar of Events

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WILLIAM SEYMOUR – Live via YouTube
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

William Seymour performs The Clayton Center’s Wednesday night livestream concert series continues on October 7 with the music of William Seymour.

William is a singer-songwriter based out of Greenville. His sound can be described as a mix of blues, soul and Americana. His influences come from artists such as Jackson Browne, Eric Clapton and Ray Lamontagne. He is a former band member with Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey (Rebekah performed on our livestream earlier this summer) and The Broadcast. His current project is the release of his debut solo album Quicksand, available on all streaming platforms. You can listen to William’s music here.

Note: this is the first performance that will stream live via YouTube. To access the concert and subscribe to our YouTube channel, click here.

AUTUMN NICHOLAS – Live via YouTube
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Autumn Nicholas is a vibrant, gifted vocalist, songwriter and performer who has amazed audiences around the country. Her lyrics and melodies are reminiscent of singer/songwriters Julia Michaels, James Bray and Ed Sheeran. She has the warmth of Adele and the soul of Etta James. Autumn is able to seamlessly blend pop alternative melodies that become part of your daily playlist.

An award-winning artist, Autumn connects with fans in large venues and small intimate performances. Her upcoming EP, Shades of Beige, showcases her vocal range and lyrical sensibilities with pop infused, guitar-driven melodies. Thematically Nicholas aims to highlight our differences within society and see them through a positive lens.

Note: this performance  will stream live via our YouTube channel. Click here to access the concert.

WILL WEST & BEN POLLARD – Live via YouTube
Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
will west in concertJoin us for an intimate acoustic set with performer/songwriter Will West and special guest Ben Pollard on guitar.
Will West and company make their audiences feel comfortable, whether they’re performing for thousands at a music festival or a handful of listeners at an intimate venue.
The son of a fiddle player, Will grew up in rural eastern North Carolina. He was inspired by his parent’s vast record collection and began playing guitar when he was 11 years old. His first loves were old-time blues and heavy metal music.
In 2002, Will loaded up his guitar, his dog and a handful of original tunes and moved to Portland, Oregon and has been on a steady rise in the rich Northwest music scene.
Will released his latest album Transitions (side a) in July 2019. The album is a collection of songs touchingon rock, pop, groove and big horn sounds, and features a collection of incredible Portland musicians.
“THE GREATEST GENERATION” performed by The Jazz Ambassadors of The United States Army Field Band
Nov 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

jazz ambassadors army field bandThis event will be streamed on YouTube at the following link:

In honor of Veterans Day, The Clayton Center is proud to present a live video stream of “The Greatest Generation” as performed by The Jazz Ambassadors of The United States Army Field Band.

Please join us as we honor those who have served and defended our country.The Jazz Ambassadors is the official touring big band of the United States Army. Formed in 1969, this 19-member ensemble has received great acclaim at home and abroad performing America’s greatest original art form, jazz.

Concerts by the Jazz Ambassadors are programmed to entertain all types of audiences. The band’s diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals, and patriotic selections, many of which are written or arranged by members of the Jazz Ambassadors.

The Jazz Ambassadors has appeared in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India, and throughout Europe. Recent notable performances include concerts at the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Jazz Education Network Conference, and an appearance on the Colbert Report.

Gordon Goodwin, Bobby Shew, Ernie Watts, and the Dave Brubeck All-Star Quintet are just a few of the outstanding jazz artists who have shared the stage with the Jazz Ambassadors. The band has been featured in joint concerts with Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Pops, the Colorado Pops Orchestra, and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall.

The Jazz Ambassadors’ rigorous touring schedule and reputation for excellence has earned it the title “America’s Big Band.”

ONYX CLUB BOYS – Live via YouTube
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Onyx Club Boys is an acoustic string band (violin, guitar, upright bass and drums) rooted in Django Reinhardt’s Gypsy Jazz sounds of 1930’s Paris, and Stuff Smith’s New York City Swing. However, being from 21st Century North Carolina, their diverse influences take the music beyond borders. It’s a trip around the world, which will make you swoon, tap your feet and realize how universally similar music really is.

The band just released their newest album, Million Color Vision, in 2018. It features catchy originals along with a few classics, and was carefully crafted and recorded over the last few years.

Among the many shows, The Onyx Club Boys have appeared at Shakori Hills Festival, Festival for the Eno, Haw River Ballroom, Cat’s Cradle, Raleigh First Night, Artsplosure, the NC Museum of Art, WUNC’s Back Porch Music at American Tobacco Campus Durham, Carrboro Django Reinhardt Festival and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Members have played in bands such as The Squirrel Nut Zippers, The Old Ceremony, Dialli Cissokho and Kaira Ba, and the Paperhand Puppet Intervention band.

Nov 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us as we prepare for the holidays! The Giving Thanks Live Stream Compilation features highlights from some of our favorite pandemic live stream concerts. These North Carolina musicians sustained us through nearly a year of uncertainty.
The Clayton Center staff would like to thank everyone who has tuned in to our Wednesday night live stream concert series. We are continually grateful for the support we have received for these concert broadcasts. We still do not have an estimated date for reopening our venue, but we do hope to see you all in person soon.
In the meantime, enjoy the holiday and enjoy the show!
This show will be broadcast via YouTube at the following link:
Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

ChamberSoul cellist/vocalist Shana Tucker, accompanied by Christian Tamburr on piano, share “songs for the season” — a thoughtfully curated evening of music and conversation, in classic cabaret style. This musical program will feature songs celebrating the upcoming holidays and also selections that reflect upon the “season” of 2020.

This Livestream Concert will be broadcast on YouTube at the following link: