Palladian Series Continues With Lee Roy Parnell

Country and blues artist Lee Roy Parnell appears at The Clayton Center on Saturday, March 12, at 8 PM. Opening the show will be Nashville recording artist Kennedy Fitzsimmons and guitarist Walter Garland.

Parnell is one of a long line of Texas roots-music eclectics and is among the elite few who are identified as a triple threat. He’s not only an ace guitarist; he is a distinctive singer and a hit songwriter. He has enjoyed a run of success on the country and blues charts, and reached notoriety in the mid 1990s with his chart-topping singles “What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am” (1992), “Tender Moment” (1993), and “A Little Bit of You” (1995).

Today, Parnell draws from a broad range of musical sources — including Blue-Eyed Soul, Delta Blues, Road House Rock, Southern Boogie, Texas Swing, and Gospel —and combines them with seamless dexterity.

Throughout his career, Parnell has recorded eight studio albums, charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard charts and has been honored with numerous Grammy Award nominations. Click here to purchase tickets.

The Clayton Center Announces 2015 -16 Palladian Series

Individual Tickets To Events Go On Sale On Wednesday, September 9

The Clayton Center is proud to announce the 2015-16 Palladian Series – six performances by remarkably talented artists who will capture the attention and the hearts of audiences of all ages.

The season kicks off with the incomparable Annie Moses Band on Saturday, October 24. This family of classically-trained musicians seamlessly blends Appalachian bluegrass, Irish fiddle, beloved classical themes and roots music into a stunning and captivating concert experience. Spend the evening enjoying favorites from Copland, Gershwin and other American originals.

On November 7, technically gifted guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo take the stage. These two jazz players are considered to be among the most ex­tra­or­di­nary gui­tarists per­form­ing today.

December 12 brings the 3 Redneck Tenors to town. These real life Broadway and opera stars will rock your holidays with their extraordinary Christmas SPEC-TAC-YULE-AR, featuring a musical feast of classical and pop that will be fun for the whole family.

Surprise your Valentine with a February 13 concert by Franc D’Ambrosio, the world’s longest running regional Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera. This incredibly talented tenor will serenade you and your sweetheart with interpretations of your favorite Broadway tunes.

March is the month for country music. On March 12, Lee Roy Parnell comes to town. For more than 25 years, Parnell has enjoyed a run of success on the country and blues charts with songs like “What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am” and “Tender Moment.” He has recorded eight studio albums, charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard charts and has been honored with numerous Grammy Award nominations.

The season closes on April 30 with the incomparable Mike Farris, who is fresh off a 2015 Grammy win for Best Roots Gospel Album. Farris will share original material as well as his trademark interpretations of traditional gospel steeped in the influence of rock & roll, New Orleans swagger and vintage Memphis soul.

Tickets to events in the Palladian Series range from $22-$30 (plus taxes and fees). Returning season ticket holders may renew their season subscription beginning Thursday, August 13. Tickets to individual shows in the series go on sale at 10 AM on Wednesday, September 9.

Town Square Concert Series Heats Up

The 2015 Clayton Town Square Concert Series heats up this Thursday, June 18, with the country sound of Southern Grace. Local vocalist, 12-year old Abby Stephens, will open the concert at 6:00Southern_GraceBandShot315X200 PM.  

Bring lawn chairs and blankets for this free public concert, but please leave your coolers at home!  Additional concert details are available here.

 

A Fantastic February Awaits at The Clayton Center

In the past week, we have hosted a sold-out show by the wildly funny humorist Jeanne Robertson, a very well-attended Clayton Wedding Expo, the successful winter booking meeting of the North Carolina Presenters Consortium, and the annual awards banquet for the Clayton Chamber of Commerce. These events prove that there truly is always something going on here at The Clayton Center!

February may be the shortest month of the year, but it’s also long on entertainment and other activities at The Clayton Center. The fun begins this Saturday night, January 31, when Granite Lodge 191 of Clayton will host its annual Father-Daughter Dafather daughter dance the clayton centernce in the Main Lobby. Tickets are $40 per “couple” and are available at GI Joe’s on Highway Business 70 or Annie V’s Florist on Barbour Street in downtown Clayton. Light refreshments will be served. There also will be a DJ and dancing, and each couple receives a free 4 x 6 Photo from 1000 Words Photography. For more information, call Russell Ragland at 919-663-6499.

On Saturday, February 7, the Malpass Brothers come to town. These Goldsboro boys bridge the gap between traditional country and rockabilly in their look and style, taking us back to the day before rock and country went their separate ways. Their energetic performing style and passion for this heritage American music make a unique experience. Drawing from their family’s love of early country music, Taylor and Christopher Malpass channel the sound of musical greats like Hank Williams, Sr., Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Carl Perkins, the Loovin Brothers and even the Young Elvis Presley. One reviewer said, of the Malpass Brothers’ experience, ‘These guys don’t just sound retro… they are retro.’ See the Malpass for yourself at our Vimeo channel.

Thursday through Saturday, February 26-28, Clayton Youth Theater presents Anatomy of Gray, by Jim Leonard. Set in the 1880s, but with a timeless theme, the play takes us through the humor and grief of the Muldoon family in Gray, Ind., and the events following the arrival of the mysterious Galen P. Gray, medical doctor. Gray presents the family with some hilarious situations and serious choices as he makes his home in the town that bears his name. The play is rated PG+ for mild language and tragic circumstances. Show times are at 7:30 PM. Clayton Youth Theater highlights the talent of area students, grades 7-12.

For tickets to the Malpass Brothers or CYT’s Anatomy of Gray, contact the box office Monday through Friday, 10 AM–Noon, and 1 PM-5 PM, at 919-553-1737. The Clayton Center, located in Johnston County, is convenient to Raleigh and southeastern Wake County, with easy access to Durham, Chapel Hill, Zebulon, and other parts of Orange, Durham, Harnett, Lee and Johnston Counties.

Grand Ole Opry Stars To Celebrate The Holidays Dec. 6

Country & Western, Comedy In Store From Riders In The Sky

Saddle up and head on down to The Clayton Center on Saturday, Dec. 6, as the iconic Riders In The Sky take the stage to celebrate Christmas The Cowboy Way.

Hailed as “one of the most historically significant acts in the history of American music,” Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by legends such as Gene Autry and Roy Rogers for more than 30 years. These talented musicians have remained true to the integrity of Western music and have themselves become modern-day icons by branding the genre with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit.

As a classic cowboy quartet, the trail has led Riders In The Sky to heights they could have never predicted. Riders have chalked up over 6100 concert appearances in all 50 states and 10 countries. They have performed their authentic renditions of old classic cowboy and Western songs, as well as original works and their signature comedic skits and songs in venues everywhere from the Nashville National Guard Armory to Carnegie Hall, and from county fairs to the Hollywood Bowl.

In 1982, Riders In The Sky became the first, and to date only, exclusively Western music artist to join the Grand Ole Opry, the longest running radio show in history. They are members of the Western Music Association’s Hall of Fame, the Country Music Foundation’s Walkway of Stars and the Walk of Western Stars in Newhall, CA. They have won two Grammy Awards, and have been the Western Music Association’s “Entertainers Of the Year” seven times.