Shana Tucker Stars In Our Season Kick-off Show

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Join us on Thursday, August 24, for a kick-off party, starring Shana Tucker, to preview the 15th anniversary Palladian Series.

The price is right! For just $10 per ticket, you can enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks (cash bar) in the Council Chambers before the show, and then head to the auditorium for a performance by the incomparable and irresistible Shana Tucker.

The Durham Herald-Sun calls Shana, “An absolute stunner,” and says, “Her original gumbo of jazz, folk and R&B evokes the spirit of Bill Withers and Esperanza Spalding.”

Shana’s style and sound are influenced by her jazz and classical roots, which she deftly weaves with the pop music, movie soundtracks and world music of the 80s and 90s.

Having opened for internationally acclaimed artists, including Norah Jones, Lisa Fischer, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Javon Jackson, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and Indigo Girls, Shana’s vocals and cello are featured on several studio and live recording projects by both independent and signed label artists and producers.

For the past 5 years, Shana has balanced her theatre, club and festival performances with her role as featured cellist/vocalist in Cirque du Soleil’s KÀ at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In 2017 she returned to her full-time touring and recording schedule. She has new collaborations in the offing, and is working to complete her sophomore recording project, set for release before the end of the year.

The season kick-off reception will be held from 6-7:15 PM. The concert begins at 7:30 PM. Seating for this event will be limited (only 300 seats are available), so purchase your tickets early!

Celebrate July 4th At Municipal Park

July 4th activities are the hottest ticket in town this Tuesday! Join Clayton Parks & Recreation for the decades-old Independence Day Celebration in Municipal Park on West Stallings Street in Downtown Clayton.

Activities start at 4 PM, and much of the fun is free – there will be free family field games, free ice cream, free watermelon, a free hose-down by the Clayton Fire Department, a free concert and, of course, free fireworks!

Other activities (available at a cost) will include food vendors, a cornhole tournament, inflatables and fair rides, bingo and raffles throughout the night. The fireworks shoot off at dark and often the live music, inflatables and rides will run another half hour after the show. That way, you can have more fun instead of sitting in traffic.

If you want to see all the fireworks – more shells than we’ve ever had before – and be in the middle of all the fun, be at Municipal Park on July 4.

Summer Fun With Town Square Concert Series

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Clayton’s summer Town Square Concert Series continues this Thursday, June 15, with the party music of Liquid Pleasure.

The concert series is produced by the Clayton Downtown Development Association in association with several local sponsors. The monthly shows begin at 6 PM on the stage at Town Square, but the fun starts at 5:30 PM with food trucks, a bouncy house, beer and wine vendors and more. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for this free public concert, but please leave your coolers at home.

The Town Square Concert Series schedule also includes:

Thursday, July 20 – The rock/soul/blues/country band Heads up Penny opens for country artist Kennedy Fitzsimmons.

Thursday, August 17 – The Breakfast Club presents the music of the 80s.

Friday, September 8 – The popular beach music band The Embers.

All Laughs Really Do Matter

The Blackpack – three very funny African-American comedians – bring their show, All Laughs Matter, to The Clayton Center stage on Friday, January 20, at 8 PM. And while the Blackpack’s theme is a good-natured, often brutally honest look at our national political spectrum, the show’s title highlights a universal truth: All laughs matter because laughter is good medicineClayton Center laugh.

That’s right, research shows that laughter really is good for your health. Laughter relaxes the body, boosts the immune system, protects the heart, diffuses anger, burns calories and best of all, may even help you to live longer. A study in Norway found that people with a strong sense of humor outlived those who don’t laugh as much.

You can read more about the benefits of a good belly laugh at healthguide.org Then, make plans to enjoy more laughs at The Clayton Center. Tickets to The Blackpack are on sale now. In March, we also present Lawn and Disorder, relationship comedy based on everyday life. We care about our patrons, so we are doing our part to help you laugh your way through 2017!

It’s Christmas Time In Clayton

Carpenters Remembered

The holiday spirit is alive and well in Clayton. The Town sponsored a successful Christmas Village and Tree Lighting last week. This Saturday at 3 PM, the Clayton Rotary presents the annual Clayton Christmas Parade. Here at The Clayton Center, we have have been decking the halls in preparation for our annual December show – “We’ve Only Just Begun”: Carpenters Remembered.

Carpenters Remembered is the definitive show celebrating one of the most successful recording acts of all time. Karen and Richard Carpenter sold over a hundred million records in just over a decade and still hold the record for the most consecutive top-ten singles.  The dynamic combination of Karen’s voice and Richard’s compositions and arrangements created Grammy-winning magic and won them a worldwide legion of loyal fans.

This Saturday, December 10, at 8 PM, Michelle Berting Brett takes center stage accompanied by her 7-piece band of versatile Nashville musicians to recreate the sound of the Carpenters. In addition Michelle shares stories culled from extensive research and interviews with those who knew Karen and Richard both personally and professionally.  The result is a family show and an intimate behind the scenes profile of the pop music phenomenon that defined an era.

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