Count On Us

The Clayton Center cares about the well-being of all our patrons and clients. And you can count on us to do everything we possibly can to ensure your health and safety.

To help us accomplish that goal, our full-time staff has each completed the Count On Me NC training courses. Count On Me NC was created to help North Carolina businesses address and manage risks associated with COVID-19. The program provides businesses the knowledge and information necessary to manage COVID-19 as restrictions are relaxed. The courses provide a consistent approach based on state and national guidelines. Count On Me NC is sponsored by the North Carolina State Extension, in partnership with the NC Department of Health and Human Services, NC Restaurant and Lodging Association and Visit NC.

While auditorium programming is on hiatus, our staff is putting the Count On Me NC training to good use. We have been assisting with the daily cleaning of The Clayton Center. Our doors may not be open to the public, but all Town of Clayton operations that take place in the building are still happening. The Clayton Center staff has stepped up to support the Town’s facility maintenance staff in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 virus.

In addition to cleaning the building, The Clayton Center staff is also answering the Town’s main phone lines every weekday afternoon from 1:00-5:00 PM. If you need to call the Town during this time, please take a moment to say hello!

Auditorium is backdrop for Shana Tucker video session

Shana Tucker video shoot at TCC

One of our audience favorites, the talented Shana Tucker, was recently in the house to record a segment for the Appalachian State University summer festival.

The ASU annual event is happening virtually this year, so when Shana was invited to participate in the program, she decided to pre-record the performance portions of of her presentation. 

“I was asked to participate in a live stream performance,” Shana said. “I have done more than a few livestreams since COVID; I have had some good ones, and some not-so-good ones. In order to ensure that my performance looks and sounds as good as I always hope to present, I suggested to the presenters that we pre-record the performance components. I will appear live for any spoken commentary or the interview portions of the livestream, with the performances as shared screen offerings in between the talking moments.” 

Shana said that she chose The Clayton Center as the backdrop for her videos because “The Clayton Center is such a beautiful space, both aesthetically and acoustically. I appreciate that space was made to accommodate my idea of filming a concert in a space that looks like a concert space.  

“I appreciate that Scotty opened The Clayton Center doors and welcomed us into the space so that we had the figurative and literal “room” to create a high-quality performance piece, and also so we would have the chance to play music together (in person) again. We hadn’t done that as a quartet since January…it felt good to play familiar music with familiar people, with friends…in a friendly, familiar place.” 

Shana also said that she prefers this style of livestream, since it affords the artist the benefit of showing up properly in performance, while also introducing the artist as a person, introducing their personality, to the viewing/listening audience.  

Shana’s performance goes live on July 10 at 7:30 PM. Get more information about the Appalachian State University summer music festival, here.

Keeping up with some of our favorite country artists

Since COVID-19 has forced us to take a hiatus from presenting live events, we thought we’d check out what some of our most beloved country and bluegrass entertainers have been up to the past few months. 

Marty Stuart
Marty was here at The Clayton Center just this past season. He and his band, The Fabulous Superlatives, have been in the studio working on a new album. Hear what Marty has to say about the album and other topics in a June 10 interview on Rock & Review (Fox-17 Nashville). Watch the interview here.

If you visit Marty’s Facebook page, you can also watch a rebroadcast of his 2017 Live From Delfest performance. The rebroadcast was a part of Marty’s participation in this year’s DelFest At Home, held in mid May.

Kathy Mattea
Back in May, Kathy was featured in a tribute to Doc Watson by MerleFest. Find the video here.

Kathy also was featured in the Grand Ol’ Opry’s Circle Sessions At Home, streamed live on June 6. If you watch the complete video, you’ll also see a segment by Lee Roy Parnell, who talks about life at home during the quarantine.

Pam Tillis
Grammy-winning country artist Pam Tillis recently released a new album, “Looking for a Feeling,” on her own Stellar Cat Records. On April 24 she hosted an at home album release party – check it out here.

Suzy Bogguss
Suzy was also here in October 2017 with Pam and Terri Clark. Suzy has made available a May 1 solo concert – A Window Seat Concert – via YouTube.

Ricky Skaggs
While the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is closed, they are spotlighting pieces pulled from the archives of their podcast “Voices in the Hall.” The June 6 rebroadcast spotlights Clayton favorite Ricky Skaggs. Listen here.

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.

Proton Jones performs live on our stage this Wednesday

If you enjoy listening to Proton Jones when he performs around Clayton, then you are going to want to join us for our second live stream event this on April 8.

Proton Jones will take The Clayton Center stage beginning at 7:00 PM Wednesday to bring you an hour-long show via Facebook Live.

The live stream is free, but you can show your support by donating to Proton’s Personal Tip Jar via VENMO@proton-jones (https://venmo.com/).

So set a reminder and visit us on Facebook at 7:00 PM on Wednesday. Tune in and help us support our local musicians.