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Mar
2
Sat
2019
Miss Clayton/Miss Capital City/Miss Cleveland Scholarship Pageant
Mar 2 @ 6:30 pm

The Miss Clayton/Capital City/Cleveland 2019 Scholarship Pageant is an official, local, triple preliminary associated with the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant and Miss America Organization. As such, it is a part of the largest scholarship organization for women in the world. Promoting an emphasis on academics and communication skills, the Miss Clayton/Capital City/Cleveland Scholarship Pageant is considered a launching pad for young women to further their academic and career goals.miss america 2019 Nia Franklin

Miss America 2019, Nia Franklin, returns to the Capital City stage for the 2019 Miss Capital City, Miss Clayton, and Miss Cleveland Scholarship Pageant. Nia was crowned Miss Capital City 2016 on the Clayton Center stage on March 5, 2016. She was a Top 10 finalist at Miss North Carolina 2016 as Miss Capital City, and also received the Beth Stovall Music Scholarship award.

 

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.

 

Mar
23
Sat
2019
Miss Clayton High School
Mar 23 @ 7:00 pm

Four contestants will vie for the title of Miss Clayton High School 2019 during the 56th annual Miss CHS Scholarship Pageant on Saturday, March 23, at 7 PM at The Clayton Center.

Riley Barnes, Amelia Black, Mary-Grayce Narron and Hailey Stephens will participate in the pageant. The theme this year is “Boogie Nights.”

Tickets for the event are $10 and are available through The Clayton Center Box Office, located at 111 E. 2nd Street in advance or at the door beginning at 6 PM.

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.

Jun
21
Fri
2019
“Main Street USA” Presented by the Around Town Singers and Orchestra
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm
"Main Street USA" Presented by the Around Town Singers and Orchestra @ The Clayton Center

Main Street, USA features 90 minutes of great music from the 50s, 60s, and 70s by your Around Town Singers and Orchestra. The show celebrates the return of great little Main Streets all across the nation.  You’ll be peering down a replica of none other than Main Street Clayton as you enjoy and sing along with such great songs as Locomotion, One Fine Day, Rose Garden, My Guy, Downtown, and many more.  If you enjoyed Mamma Mia, you’ll really enjoy our show-within-a-show inside a re-creation of Jones Cafe with Special Guests that you won’t want to miss and our energetic Around Town Dancers. Get ready to sing your favorites! Visit www.MainStreetUSAShow.com for the latest information.

 

Sep
14
Sat
2019
Strong Tower Christian Fellowship Praise Party 2019 with Canton Jones
Sep 14 @ 6:00 pm

CANTON CAJO JONES is a singer, rapper, songwriter, producer, vocal arranger, youth pastor and entrepreneur, as well as a dedicated husband and father of 4.

Canton Jones is a Deerfield Beach, FL, native, currently residing in Atlanta, GA. He has ministered to and performed in front of millions of people during his career as a music artist. Since beginning his career and ministry, Canton Jones has released numerous albums which include 20 Years, 3 Months, & 12 Days….., Love Jones, The Password: Access Granted, Kingdom Business Parts 1-4, Dominionaire, Dominionaire Remixed, Go Mode, Lust, Drugs, and Gospel, and Godcity.

Canton Jones has featured on projects with Kierra Kiki Sheard, James Fortune, Pastor Charles Jenkins, John Waller, Uncle Reece, Vicki Yohe, Deitrick Haddon, J Moss, Tye Tribbett, T Haddy, Isaac Caree, Viktory, Andy Mineo, Matt Pitt, William Murphy, Jor’dan Armstrong, Richie Righteous, Bizzle, Crystal Tamar, KJ 52, Jonathan Phillips, GIdeonzArmy, Corey Coco Condrey, Mr Del, Vashawn Mitchell, William McDowell, and Joann Condrey.

His awards and accolades include:

  • 2012 Grammy nomination
  • Stellar Award nomination
  • 3 Gospel Choice Awards
  • Trailblazer in Media &Entertainment Award
  • Received Resolution from Georgia State Senate
  • Partnerships with McDonald’s The Gift Tour, Chick Fil A, Trumpet Awards, Gospel Music Channel, Walmart, Hosea Feed the Hungry
  • Received keys to the city of Carrollton, GA
  • Serves Georgia school systems by speaking and ministering in song to elementary through high school students
  • Serves troubled youth by speaking and ministering in song to juvenile centers and at risk high schools.

The most important mission for Canton Jones is to clearly and adequately relay the message behind the music – the uninhibited Word of God. As a Youth Pastor at New Hope Church in Fayetteville, GA, Canton Jones is given the opportunity to hear and see what young people deal with on a daily basis. He is then able to speak musically to that generation in a way that they can incorporate God’s Word into their own lives. Canton ministers with conviction and transparency, which always proves to be effective on any platform.

Find more information about Praise Party 2019 here.

 

Oct
4
Fri
2019
Marty Stuart Presents “The Pilgrim”
Oct 4 @ 8:00 pm

The Clayton Center welcomes country music torchbearer Marty Stuart as he celebrates the 20th anniversary of his iconic album The Pilgrim. While he’s too gracious to admit it himself, the GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter, and musician is living, breathing country music history. Join Marty Stuart as he shares through story and song his remarkable life.

Throughout his career, Stuart has played alongside the masters, from Cash to Lester Flatt; he’s been a worldwide ambassador for Nashville, Bakersfield and points in between; and he’s safeguarded country’s most valuable traditions and physical artifacts, including its literal shoes: Stuart counts the brogan of Carter Family patriarch A.P. Carter and an assortment of Cash’s black boots among his vast collection of memorabilia.

But most importantly, Stuart continues to record and release keenly relevant music — records that honor country’s rich legacy while advancing it into the future. But this year, Stuart is looking to the past for inspiration. Twenty years after its original release, Stuart is breathing new life into his 1999 concept album, The Pilgrim.  Hailed by critics as a showcase of Stuart’s incredible songwriting and instrumental skills, The Pilgrim is a tale of a love triangle replete with marital infidelity, soul searching and redemption — all the ingredients for classic country success.

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Oct
11
Fri
2019
Carol Sloane & Mike Renzi: Two for the Road
Oct 11 @ 8:00 pm

Carol Sloane recorded her first album for Columbia Records in 1961 and began a successful career appearing in the top jazz clubs in America. She made her New York debut opening for Oscar Peterson at the famed Village Vanguard. She was also the opening act for Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, Jackie Mason, Phyllis Diller and Bill Cosby in such places as Mr. Kelly’s in Chicago and the “hungry i” in San Francisco.

Sloane’s extensive discography attests to her long association with major recording labels in the U.S. Among the great musicians with whom she has recorded are Art Farmer, Kenny Barron, Phil Woods, Bill Charlap, Frank Wess, Kenny Burrell, Clark Terry, Bill Mays, Houston Person and Tommy Flanagan. She has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Town Hall and The Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center. She also has toured Japan extensively as part of The Concord Jazz Festival and has appeared around the globe including Canada, the UK, Spain, Brazil, Portugal and The North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands.

Sloane’s New York jazz club engagements include The Village Vanguard and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, The Jazz Standard and Birdland.

Sloane was off the scene for years, but she is back and sounding as wonderful as ever. Her concerts, club performances and master classes continue to be rich, living pathways into the music and stories beautifully shared from a life well sung.

Please note: This is an exclusive engagement of The Clayton Center and is not a part of the Palladian Series. Tickets to this event must be purchased separately.

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Nov
9
Sat
2019
Clayton at 150: Clayton Piano Festival Gala
Nov 9 @ 8:00 pm

Join Johnston County native Jonathan Levin and the Clayton Piano Festival in commemorating and celebrating the Town of Clayton’s 150th birthday.

Clayton Piano Festival presents the final performance of its 8th season at The Clayton Center. Hosted by special guest performer, 2019 Miss America Nia Franklin, the program includes multiple performers and genres on piano, voice and strings, interspersed with poetry and short documentary film clips that capture the people and influences in the area. The program will follow a narrative which presents many of the themes of life in Clayton and Johnston County from years past to the present day. A reception is included.

Tickets to this event are $20 for adults and $10 for students 18 and under, plus sales tax & fees.

Note: This is an exclusive engagement of The Clayton Center and is not a part of the Palladian Series. Tickets to this event must be purchased separate from the Palladian Series.

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Nov
22
Fri
2019
Prinus Productions Presents Noche Gaitera 2019
Nov 22 @ 8:30 pm
Prinus Productions Presents Noche Gaitera 2019 @ The Clayton Center

“Noche Gaitera 2019” es un evento donde se celebra el inicio de la temporada navidena y es una tradicion Venezolana, se presentara el cuatrista, compositor y cantante Rafael “Pollo” Brito junto a la agrupacion gaitera “Proyecto Pentagrama”, y teniendo a la agrupacion regional de musica latina “Son Latinos.” La Gaita navideñas o gaitas venezolanas se trata de un género musical que tiene su origen en el estado Zulia de Venezuela, por tanto forma parte de las tradiciones del estado Zulia, además por su relevancia cultural fue declarado como bien patrimonial de interés cultural y artístico de Venezuela, puesto que se propagó por todo el territorio nacional e incluso alcanzó la relevancia a nivel internacional.

“Noche Gaitera 2019” is an event where the beginning of the Christmas season is celebrated and it is a Venezuelan tradition, the quatrist, composer and singer Rafael “Pollo” Brito will be presented next to the gaitera group “Proyecto Pentagrama”, and having the regional group of Latin music “Son Latinos”. The Christmas Gaitas or Venezuelan Gaitas is a musical genre that has its origin in the Zulia state of Venezuela, therefore it is part of the traditions of the Zulia state, in addition to its cultural relevance it was declared as a heritage asset of cultural and artistic interest of Venezuela, since it spread throughout the national territory and even reached international relevance.

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Dec
6
Fri
2019
Melinda Doolittle
Dec 6 @ 8:00 pm

Melinda Doolittle is a soul–stirring songstress. Her flawless vocals, irresistible artistry and effortless style compells her audiences to keep listening.

Tone deaf as a child, Doolittle’s choir teacher would plead with her not to sing, but just silently move her mouth. Undaunted, her love of singing drove her to enter a talent show in the seventh grade where she stunned the audience with her miraculously spot on vocals and beautiful voice. She never looked back!

After graduating with a music degree from Belmont University in Nashville, Doolittle became a highly sought after background vocalist singing for musical icons including Michael McDonald, Aretha Franklin, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Aaron Neville and Jonny Lang.

Doolittle became a household name during season six of American Idol in 2007. Although she came in third in the voting, she was first with Simon Cowell, who called her his “personal favorite.” She became the sweetheart of the season, winning over the hearts of all with her stunning powerhouse vocals and her personal charm.

In 2009, Doolittle released her debut album Coming Back to You, which garnered rave reviews from critics, including The New York Times, which hailed her as one of the most “phenomenally gifted” singers in years. In 2013, she released her sophomore album You’re The Reason. Between her album releases, she penned her book Beyond Me: Finding Your Way to Life’s Next Level. Doolittle was also the well-loved co-host of TV Line’s Reality Check.

Doolittle continues to thrill audiences everywhere from the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame to The White House, from the Copa Room to Carnegie Hall. In addition, she has been a featured guest with the Boston Pops, Charlotte Symphony and United States Air Force Orchestra to name a few, and was a featured performer at the 2015 Boston Pops Fourth of July Spectacular. She is currently headlining her own soulful show Great American Soul Book.

Dec
7
Sat
2019
Around Town Singers & Orchestra
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Around Town Singers & Orchestra @ The Clayton Center

Enjoy a 90-minute Christmas show with all your favorite holiday songs! Performed by the Around Town Singers and Orchestra, plus special guests Sophie Collins, Jennifer Jarvis, the Burnett Sisters Band, and many more! Featuring a 20-piece orchestra and the Around Town Dancers, too! This is a Christmas show the way they used to be! Visit the ATSO blog for the latest information.

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Dec
14
Sat
2019
Johnston County Chorus Presents Christmas is Coming, Sing for Joy
Dec 14 @ 1:00 pm
Johnston County Chorus Presents Christmas is Coming, Sing for Joy
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm
Feb
21
Fri
2020
New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players
Feb 21 @ 8:00 pm

Take Gilbert & Sullivan, add a twist of Broadway and stir!

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players present I’ve got a little Twist, a one-of-a-kind show that proves the Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire is as fun, fresh and full-of-life as three little maids from school!

I’ve got a little Twist is where The Mikado meets The Music Man, where the HMS Pinafore sets sail for Brigadoon, and where The Pirates of Penzance take shore leave On the Town. In short, it’s where Broadway meets Gilbert & Sullivan.

See for yourself as New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players celebrates the legacy of Gilbert & Sullivan in American musical theater, featuring favorites from Rodgers & Hammerstein, Bernstein, Sondheim, Lerner & Loewe, Meredith Willson and Jerry Herman. Life is a cabaret and so is this show — and as we all know, it’s always more entertaining when you add a little twist.

Under the supervision of Artistic Director Albert Bergeret, I’ve Got a Little Twist is written and directed by David Auxier and features Daniel Greenwood, Sarah Caldwell Smith, Stephen Quint, Angela Christine Smith, David Wannen and Mr. Auxier. Mark York is the arranger, musical director and pianist.

Experience Gilbert & Sullivan like you’ve never heard them before!

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

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.