Keeping the music live: Third live stream event features Taylor Schiess


The Clayton Center is continuing to bring live music to its local audiences with the third in a series of Facebook Live stream events. Clayton musician Taylor Schiess will perform on the auditorium stage this Wednesday night, April 15, at 7:00 PM. Link to the event here.

Hundreds of people have been watching the local livestream events. The series began on Wednesday, March 25, with a performance by Aaron Hamm. The second event was a performance by Proton Jones on April 8.

Each of those events reached hundreds of people who either tuned in live or watched the live stream in the days that followed. The series allows The Clayton Center to support our hometown community of talented musicians who are struggling in the midst of the closure of local venues due to Covid-19.

Remaining Palladian Series shows and rental events canceled through April 30

The Clayton Center and Town of Clayton offices will remained closed to the public in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. As a result, all rental and auditorium events scheduled through at least April 30 are canceled, including the remaining two shows in this year’s Palladian Series.

The shows include the previously postponed March 20 performance by Susan Werner and David Myles and the April 18 comedy show featuring Don Friesen and Brad Upton.

All patrons with tickets for these shows are being contacted directly. Patrons who purchased tickets online will be contacted by Etix; those who made their purchases through The Clayton Center box office will be contacted by our staff. Any questions about ticketing/cancellations should be directed to the box office at 919-553-1737.

All renters scheduled to hold events at The Clayton Center during this time are being contacted directly by our staff. Anyone scheduled to attend an event here between March 26 and April 30 should contact the sponsoring organization for more information.

COVID-19 Update: Cancellation dates extended

Cancelations continue due to COVID-19
Visit the NC Department of Health website for the latest COVID-19 information.

All performances, rental events and advisory board meetings scheduled at The Clayton Center have been canceled through Sunday, March 29.

The rental and performance cancellations are proactive steps to protect the health and wellbeing of residents, patrons and clients.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to contact all rental clients, as well as patrons with tickets to the Friday, March 20, Susan Werner and David Myles concert. The show has been postponed to an as yet to be determined date.

Town of Clayton leaders and staff will continue to monitor developments on COVID-19. For the most up-to-date COVID-19 information, please check the NC Department of Health website.

Ready. Set. Bake!

If you think you have what it takes to create the best gingerbread house in town, get out the sugar, turn on your oven and start constructing your entry for the 2019 Clayton Gingerbread House Contest.

Sponsored by The Tina Barletta Team at HTR, in partnership with The Clayton Center and Clayton Visual Arts, the contest is open to Johnston County residents in the following categories: Youth – 17 and under; Adult – 18 and over; and Professional – chefs, bakers, caterers and artists.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category. Entries will be judged by members of Clayton Visual Arts. Winning entries will be announced on Thursday, December 5.

All contest entries will be on public display during business hours at The Clayton Center, 111 E. Second Street in downtown Clayton, from November 27 through December 23.

For a complete list of submission deadlines, entry application and contest rules, visit AddressYourDreams.com/Contest.

Sloane: A Jazz Singer Returns

Jazz singer Carol Sloane will return to the Triangle area for a concert performance at The Clayton Center in downtown Clayton, on Friday, October 11, at 8 PM. 

“Two for the Road” pairs Sloane with the incredible Mike Renzi — one of her most beloved, longtime pianists. The show will be an intimate “homecoming” (Sloane lived in North Carolina for a number of years) and will feature some of Carol’s favorites songs, including tunes she recently recorded for a new live album at Birdland in New York City. 

NPR calls Sloane “a sublime singer of great songs.”

“She is natural and unaffected with a voice that embraces the melody and the listener with equal parts maturity and conviction. Combining spirit with character and elegance with style, Sloane has enchanted audiences all over the world. Her command of The Great American Songbook is unmatched.”

Film director Michael Lippert (Reeves: A Home For Music) is crafting a moving film about this favorite lady of jazz. The documentary film SLOANE • A JAZZ SINGER began shooting when Sloane appeared at Raleigh’s C Grace jazz club in May of 2018. The film continues in production and will include the recording of the new live album at Birdland. And don’t be surprised if you see a camera or two wandering around The Clayton Center on October 11. (view the film trailer here.) 

It’s not often you come across a music documentary where the greatness of the film equals the greatness of the subject (“Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser” and “The Beatles: Anthology” come to mind) and this trailer has all the earmarks that “Sloane: a Jazz Singer” will turn out to be a film of that caliber. Like those great documentaries, it looks stunning and grabs the viewer immediately. The juxtaposition of the current and historical footage and images tells you right up front that you’re about to embark on a very special journey. Although there are many who deserve this quality of treatment, there is no one who is more deserving than the incredible Carol Sloane, especially to those of us here in her home state of Rhode Island. Bravo to all involved. As they say, “I can’t wait to see the movie!” Rick Bellaire, Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame 

For more info about the documentary SLOANE • A JAZZ SINGER now in production, click here.

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