Calendar of Events

The Clayton Center Performing Arts Center Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill

Dec
2
Fri
2016
Pure Flix Presents: Comedy All-Stars With Special Guest Host Jeff Allen
Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm

Pre-Sale Special
Tickets are $15 before October 31.
Beginning Novemberjeffallenatclaytoncenter 1, tickets are $25.

Pure Flix Entertainment presents: “Pure Flix Comedy All Stars” with special guest host – JEFF ALLEN.

You are invited to attend the taping of a brand new stand up showcase television program with Jeff Allen, as he hosts 12 of the funniest clean comedians headlining in America today.  You will recognize many of these Comedy All Stars  from The Tonight Show, The Late Show, Saturday Night Live, HBO, Showtime, MTV and many other network programs.  Be part of the fun and hilarity during the taping of  this new stand up showcase with 12 great clean comics and Jeff Anderson!  What could be better for our comedy fans?

Jeff Allen is the best at what he does — making people laugh as hard as humanly possible. His Happy Wife, Happy Life message of a marriage gone wrong and redeemed has given laughter and encouragement to millions of people. Jeff’s comedy drives home the humor in everyday family life and the joy derived from a healthy marriage.

For four decades, Jeff Allen has been performing in theaters, on television and radio, and as a keynote for corporate functions and fundraisers around the world.

* Please Note: This show is appropriate for ages 14 & older. This show will be filmed for television. By purchasing a ticket to this event, you give Pure Flix Entertainment your consent to be photographed, filmed and/or otherwise recorded, and your entry to this event constitutes your consent to your appearance in any use of these recordings by Pure Flix Entertainment. Due to the taping of this show, specific seating may not be determined until the night of the event. All seats are General Admission. No Reserved Seating. Please call the Box Office at 919-553-1737 for more information. 

 

Dec
3
Sat
2016
Pure Flix Presents: Comedy All-Stars With Special Guest Host Louie Anderson
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm

Pre-Sale Special
Tickets are $15 before October 31.
Beginning November 1, tickets are $25.

Pure Flix Entertainment presents: “Pure Flix Comedy All Stars” with special guest host –  LOUIE ANDERSON.

You are invited to attend the taping of a brand new stand up showcase television program with  Louie Anderson, as he hosts 12 of the funniest clean comedians headling in America today.  You will recognize many of these Comedy All Stars  from The Tonight Show, The Late Show, Saturday Night Live, HBO, Showtime, MTV and many other network programs.  Be part of the fun and hilarity during the taping of  this new stand up showcase with 12 great clean comics and Louie Anderson. What could be better for our comedy fans?

Three-time Emmy Award winner Louie Anderson — whose most recent award is for his extraordinary role of Christine, on FX comedy series “ askets” — is one of the country’s most recognized and adored comics. Named by Comedy Central as “One of 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Timlouieandersonclaytoncentere,” Louie’s career has spanned more than 30 years. He is a best-selling author and star of his own stand-up specials and sitcoms, and he continues to tour the country.

Louie’s TV credits include The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comic Relief and numerous Showtime, HBO and CMT specials. He also starred as the host of the legendary game show, Family Feud.

* Please Note: This show is appropriate for ages 14 & older. This show will be filmed for television. By purchasing a ticket to this event, you give Pure Flix Entertainment your consent to be photographed, filmed and/or otherwise recorded, and your entry to this event constitutes your consent to your appearance in any use of these recordings by Pure Flix Entertainment. Due to the taping of this show, specific seating may not be determined until the night of the event. All seats are General Admission. No Reserved Seating. Please call the Box Office at 919-553-1737 for more information. 

 

Jan
20
Fri
2017
The Blackpack – “All Laughs Matter”
Jan 20 @ 8:00 pm
The Blackpack - "All Laughs Matter" @ The Clayton Center

The Clayton Center in partnership with Sinclair Entertainment presents The Blackpack in their hit comedy show “All Laughs Matter” on Friday, January 20, at 8 PM.

These veteran comedians – Vince Morris, BT and Billy D. Washington – take a good-natured, often brutally honest look at the national political spectrum and celebrate our differences one joke at a time. Join the Blackpack as they chip at the walls of racial and social stereotypes with a steady stream of laughter.

 

Jan
12
Fri
2018
Huggy Lowdown & Chris Paul, Presented By Sinclair Entertainment
Jan 12 @ 8:00 pm

Huggy Lowdown Clayton Center This New Year, laugh your heart out with comedians Huggy Lowdown and Chris Paul along with Tony Woods. Sinclair Entertainment presents “Bama Of The City Tour 2018,” hosted by J. Derrell, on Friday, January 12, beginning at 8 PM at The Clayton Center.

Washington, D.C.-based comedian and radio personality Huggy Lowdown does a daily take on celebrities and gossip on the Tom Joyner Morning Show. Listeners look to hear Huggy’s signature phrases like ‘What’s the deal pickles’ and his affectionate terms for favorite celebs like when he calls Tom Joyner ‘Brother Beige.’ He has also been featured on HBO‘s Def Comedy Jam.

Chris Paul is a standup comedian and regular contributor to the Tom Joyner Morning Show. He has been featured on Comedy Central and BET. He has also co-headlined a show at the Kennedy Center with Dave Chappelle back in 2006.

Tony Woods was born in North Carolina and raised in the D.C. area. Woods kicked off his career as an original member of Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam on HBO and P. Diddy’s Bad Boys of Comedy, he is an all-round veteran and one-of-a-kind comic. His playful and cool demeanour, combined with sharp and mischievous subject matter, create a show that is unmistakably entertaining at every level.

“Bama Of The City Tour is a fun-filled comedy event that you do not want to miss,” said Michael
Sinclair of Sinclair Entertainment. “Come down for a great night of laughs with three amazing and
talented comedians.”

Visit Sinclair Entertainment for more information.

Feb
9
Fri
2018
“After The I Dos” Game Show
Feb 9 @ 7:30 pm

 

First time in this area – a LIVE TAPING!
If you enjoy reality and/or game shows then you will have a great time at the After the “I Do’s” Game Show where couples answer probing questions to show how much they know about each other….or don’t know. Celebrity comedian host, Les Long, will keep you laughing from beginning to end! The winning couple goes home with a “Date-Cation” aka weekend getaway. The audience also has a chance to win prizes during quick games throughout the show. A vendors pavilion will offer speciality items before and after the show. Early Bird tickets are only $20 plus tax and service charge. Purchase them at www.theclaytoncenter.com
Don’t miss this first time event!

Vendor spaces and sponsorship opportunities are available. Email aftertheidosshow@gmail.com for more information. Limited spaces are available and they will go quickly!

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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Jul
27
Fri
2018
CYT Presents “Bye Bye Birdie”
Jul 27 @ 7:00 pm

When rock star Conrad Birdie is drafted into the army, his fans are devastated, but none more than struggling songwriter Albert Peterson, whose song Birdie was just about to record. Albert’s longtime girlfriend, Rosie, pushes Albert to write a new tune that Birdie will perform on television to a fan selected in a contest. The scheme works, with young Ohio teenager Kim McAfee declared the winner, but no one has counted on the jealous wrath of her boyfriend.

Clayton Youth Theater presents this fabulously fun production July 27 and 28, and August 2-4, at The Clayton Center. Tickets go on sale on Monday, June 25, at 10 AM. Tickets are $12 adults, $6 students 18 and under.

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Jul
28
Sat
2018
CYT Presents “Bye Bye Birdie”
Jul 28 @ 2:00 pm

bye bye birdieWhen rock star Conrad Birdie is drafted into the army, his fans are devastated, but none more than struggling songwriter Albert Peterson, whose song Birdie was just about to record. Albert’s longtime girlfriend, Rosie, pushes Albert to write a new tune that Birdie will perform on television to a fan selected in a contest. The scheme works, with young Ohio teenager Kim McAfee declared the winner, but no one has counted on the jealous wrath of her boyfriend.

Clayton Youth Theater presents this fabulously fun production July 27 and 28, and August 2-4, at The Clayton Center. Tickets go on sale on Monday, June 25, at 10 AM. Tickets are $12 adults, $6 students 18 and under.

 

Aug
2
Thu
2018
CYT Presents “Bye Bye Birdie”
Aug 2 @ 7:00 pm

When rock star Conrad Birdie is drafted into the army, his fans are devastated, but none more than struggling songwriter Albert Peterson, whose song Birdie was just about to record. Albert’s longtime girlfriend, Rosie, pushes Albert to write a new tune that Birdie will perform on television to a fan selected in a contest. The scheme works, with young Ohio teenager Kim McAfee declared the winner, but no one has counted on the jealous wrath of her boyfriend.

Clayton Youth Theater presents this fabulously fun production July 27 and 28, and August 2-4, at The Clayton Center. Tickets go on sale on Monday, June 25, at 10 AM. Tickets are $12 adults, $6 students 18 and under.

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Aug
3
Fri
2018
CYT Presents “Bye Bye Birdie”
Aug 3 @ 7:00 pm

When rock star Conrad Birdie is drafted into the army, his fans are devastated, but none more than struggling songwriter Albert Peterson, whose song Birdie was just about to record. Albert’s longtime girlfriend, Rosie, pushes Albert to write a new tune that Birdie will perform on television to a fan selected in a contest. The scheme works, with young Ohio teenager Kim McAfee declared the winner, but no one has counted on the jealous wrath of her boyfriend.

Clayton Youth Theater presents this fabulously fun production July 27 and 28, and August 2-4, at The Clayton Center. Tickets go on sale on Monday, June 25, at 10 AM. Tickets are $12 adults, $6 students 18 and under.

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Aug
4
Sat
2018
CYT Presents “Bye Bye Birdie”
Aug 4 @ 7:00 pm

When rock star Conrad Birdie is drafted into the army, his fans are devastated, but none more than struggling songwriter Albert Peterson, whose song Birdie was just about to record. Albert’s longtime girlfriend, Rosie, pushes Albert to write a new tune that Birdie will perform on television to a fan selected in a contest. The scheme works, with young Ohio teenager Kim McAfee declared the winner, but no one has counted on the jealous wrath of her boyfriend.

Clayton Youth Theater presents this fabulously fun production July 27 and 28, and August 2-4, at The Clayton Center. Tickets go on sale on Monday, June 25, at 10 AM. Tickets are $12 adults, $6 students 18 and under.

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Jan
31
Thu
2019
Tomáš Kubínek – Miracle Man
Jan 31 @ 7:30 pm

The one and only Dr. Professor Kubínek is a comic genius, virtuoso vaudevillian and all-round charmer who gives audiences an utterly joyous experience they’ll remember for a lifetime.

His latest creation, Tomáš Kubínek – Miracle Man, is a rip-roaring revival of strong-man stunts, snake-healings and mass-hypnosis that leaves audiences dazed, beaming and in love with life once again.

“Hilarious and enormously talented.” Timeout, London

With appearances in more than 30 countries and a professional career spanning three decades, Kubínek has won the hearts of thousands in theatres, opera houses, television specials, on Broadway and at international festivals. Transcending categorization, his work leaves audiences clutching their sides with laughter. His internationally acclaimed solo performances play to packed theaters around the world.

Please note: Due to the focused nature of the program, this performance is not suitable for children under 8 years old.

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Mar
22
Fri
2019
James Judd with Jen Kober
Mar 22 @ 8:00 pm

James Judd is a stand-up storyteller and radio personality from NPR’s Snap Judgment, the legendary improv troupe The Groundlings, and The New Faces of the Hollywood Improv. Often compared to David Sedaris and Oscar Wilde, James weaves comic, autobiographical tales that crowd the stage with hilarious characters and situations. James will be joined by Jen Kober who brings crowds to their feet with her original blend of stand-up, storytelling and improvised rock-n-roll comedy. $22

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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.

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

Oct
7
Wed
2020
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.

Oct
28
Wed
2020
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.

Nov
4
Wed
2020
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.
Feb
3
Wed
2021
REBEKAH TODD – Livestream Virtual Concert
Feb 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
This live stream concert will be broadcast via The Clayton Center’s Facebook, as well as YouTube at the following link: https://youtu.be/H7bS5rTWPJU

 

This concert is made possible with support from the Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation.