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.
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
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.
Her one-woman show, Chairs in the Trees, recounts Washington’s experiences as a black performer touring across the country during the Obama presidency and her encounters with people who believed that they know better than her what it means to be black in America.
The livestream, presented by The Clayton Center in collaboration with the N.C. Arts Council and Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation, is scheduled for Tuesday, July 14, at 7:00 PM on The Clayton Center’s Facebook Live page. The show is appropriate for middle school and high school students. Parents are encouraged to watch along with their teens and to engage their students in a dialogue about Washington’s fascinating, funny and thought provoking content.
Washington is an internationally known, multiple award-winning storyteller, spoken word recording artist and author. She has been entertaining, educating and inspiring audiences with her vocal pyrotechnics and deep characterizations for more than 30 years.
She is renowned for her storytelling for both children and adults. Her 11 storytelling CDs have garnered 28 national awards, and she has authored numerous articles about storytelling and education including her very popular blog Language, Literacy & Storytelling. She is also the author of four children’s books: Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa, A Pride of African Tales, The Story of Kwanzaa, and A Big Spooky House.
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.
Curtis Eller is a gifted and prolific songwriter, banjo player and rock & roll singer. His songs describe a dreamlike vision of American history where all points in time have collapsed into one.
A 20-year show business veteran, Eller and his band – The American Circus – have developed a devoted international following based on dynamic, highly physical stage performances and an extensive catalog of curious phonographic recordings. The iconoclastic musician has spent more than a decade relentlessly touring the club, theatre and festival stages of North America and Europe.
Eller’s performance is presented by The Clayton Center in collaboration with the N.C. Arts Council and Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation. The show will be an hour-long livestream from The Clayton Center’s Facebook Live page beginning at 7:00 PM.
The Clayton Center’s Facebook Livestream concerts are free, but we ask that viewers help us to support our participating artists. Donations can be made directly to the featured artist’s personal tip jar during the show.
LaureNicole is an original rock and roll band from Raleigh. Led by lead vocalist Lauren Nicole, the band also includes Griffin Prufer on lead guitar, Evan Bennett on bass guitar and Jim Snyder on drums. They will be the featured band on The Clayton Center‘s Facebook Livestream concert on Wednesday, July 29, beginning at 7:00 PM.
Lauren Nichole is an award-winning performer having earned the 2016 Carolina Music Award for Best Female Rock Artist of the Year. On stage, the band brings a combination of hard-hitting rock originals along with favorite top rock hits.
The one-hour livestream concert is free, but you can help support the band with a donation to their virtual tip jar during the show. Set a reminder and join us on Facebook Live at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, July 29.
Carolina Youth Theatre presents CYT Sings! A Virtual Concert for the Community.
CYT Sings! will be livestreamed from The Clayton Center via Facebook on Thursday, July 30, at 7:00 pm. The virtual benefit concert is a collaboration between current CYT students and alumni and will feature uplifting Broadway tunes that affirm the importance of community.
The concert is free, but please consider giving the price of a ticket by texting CYTSINGS to 44-321.
CYT will share 50 percent of the concert’s net proceeds with the Clayton Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Small Business Grant Fund. The fund was established in response to the economic hardship caused by COVID-19. By partnering with the Clayton Chamber Foundation, CYT is giving back to the local business community that has generously supported it over the years.
Yolanda Rabun is a fierce performer whose versatility allows her to master all styles of music.
No matter which song Yolanda is singing, her renditions are superb – full of passion, packed with emotion and sung with a velvety tone from the depths of her soul. 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 Rabun will WOW you with her boundless energy, inventiveness and commanding vocal power.
The Yolanda Rabun livestream is presented by The Clayton Center in collaboration with the N.C. Arts Council and Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation. The Facebook livestream concerts are free, but we ask that viewers help us to support our participating artists. Donations can be made directly to the featured artist’s personal tip jar during the show.
Rebekah Todd grew up in Benson, surrounded by music. Her father, a musician himself, flooded the house with sounds of classic rock and folk, playing everything from Pink Floyd to the Righteous Brothers. This led Rebekah to instantly find her musical niche somewhere between melodic soul and alternative folk rock.
With her soulful voice and musical style, Rebekah pulls inspiration from a wide range of musical genres. She cites singer/songwriters like Lauryn Hill and Susan Tedeschi as her inspiration and credits them for shaping the music she writes and performs today.
Currently based in Wilmington, NC, Rebekah has several releases under her belt — Forget Me Not (2011), Roots Bury Deep (2014), and most recently Crooked Lines (2017). Rebekah and her band, Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey, won the On The Rise series for FloydFest 2016.
The one-hour livestream concert is free, but you can help support Rebekha and the band with a donation to their virtual tip jar during the show. Set a reminder and join us on Facebook Live at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, August 12.
For the past decade, kora player and singer Diali Cissokho has called North Carolina home. Hailing from a long line of Senegalese musicians and storytellers known as griots, Cissokho made the transatlantic move to Pittsboro with his wife almost 10 years ago.
Shortly after he settled in North Carolina, Diali formed the band Kaira Ba with the aid of native Piedmont musicians John Westmoreland, Jonathan Henderson, Austin McCal, and Will Ridenour. Together, they blend the traditions and rhythms of West African music with subtle timbres of the American South.
While comparison has been drawn to other notable Senegalese griots, such as Baaba Maal or Youssou N’Dour, the fusion of polyrhythmic percussion, plucky electric guitars, and sprinkles of pedal steel and electric organs makes for a much more individualistic, accessible sound. In essence, Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba make dance music that bridges the continental divide. ⎯ Sam Haw, Indyweek
The Clayton Center presents North Carolina locals 2Digh4 to the stage as part of our Livestream Concert Series on Wednesday, September 2, at 7:00 PM.
2Digh4 (pronounced Two Die Four) is a country/rock/pop band founded by brothers Landon and Aubrey Digh from Fuquay-Varina.
The brothers write original songs, and on July 12 of 2019, the band released its very first single, North Carolina. The song debuted on the radio on July 28, 2019, on 94.7 WQDR and also on 98.5 The Big Dawg.
Access the livestream here. This Livestream Concert is free, however you are able to donate directly to the band via their virtual tip jar using PayPal or Venmo.