Al Strong & The Fresh Five To Headline Palladian Series Preview & Presale Party

We’re having a party!

The 2018-19 Palladian Series Preview and Presale Party is Friday, August 10. A $10 ticket will buy you an evening out AND the chance to purchase individual tickets to shows in the season before they go on sale to the general public.

Durham’s Al Strong and the Fresh Five headline the event with a 7:30 PM concert. A pre-show reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar takes place beginning at 6:30 PM. (Note that tickets purchased after Wednesday, August 1, will be for concert admission ONLY and will NOT include the preshow reception.)

Al Strong & The Fresh Five push the envelope in defying musical genres, with hints of AfroBeat, rock, jazz and soul music all nicely woven together.
It’s all dance music for this group and a chance for pure musical expression. When not performing in the Raleigh-Durham area, Al balances his nonprofit and teaching responsibilities with traveling and performing. He is regularly booked in jazz scenes up and down the East coast, frequenting cities such as New York, DC and Atlanta. He has headlined his own shows at the BlueNote Jazz Festival, the Winter Jazz Fest, Blues Alley and a host of other clubs. At the heart of Strong’s work ethic is dedication to building a brand based on good, honest music that connects with and speaks to the listener’s hearts.

Tickets to the Palladian Series Preview and Presale Party go on sale on Friday, June 29, at 10 AM. Visit theclaytoncenter.com or call The Clayton Center Box Office at 919-553-1737 for more information or to purchase tickets.

 

Say Hello To “Bye Bye Birdie” July 27-28, August 1-4

Clayton Youth Theater is busy rehearsing for the 2018 summer production of Bye Bye Birdie.

Winner of 4 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Bye Bye Birdie is a loving send-up of the early 1960s, teenagers, and rock & roll. When rock star and teen idol Conrad Birdie is drafted into the army, his manager, Albert Peterson, faces financial ruin. Desperate for a publicity stunt big enough to help him survive Birdie’s departure, Albert and his secretary, Rose, hatch a plan to send Conrad to small-town America to sing one last song and give a goodbye kiss to one lucky fan on national television.

Hit songs from the show include Put on a Happy Face, Kids!, One Last Kiss, and A Lot of Livin’ to Do.

CYT will present Bye Bye Birdie on July 27, August 2, 3 and 4, at 7 PM, and Saturday, July 28, at 2 PM. Tickets for the show are $12 for adults, $6 for students 18 and under plus sales tax and fees. Tickets go on sale on Monday, June 25, at 10 AM.

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It’s Official: 2018-19 Palladian Series Announced!

Royal Wood at The Clayton Center NCBe sure to check your mailbox next week for some exciting details about the 2018-19 Palladian Series at The Clayton Center!

Our schedule will be “officially” released on Monday, but we can go ahead and tell you that our season is set, and we are ready to share the excitement. Get out your calendar and save the following dates:

Roots & Boots — the national tour that brings together 90s country legends Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Collin Raye — will be our opening show on Saturday, October 27, at 8 PM. After the popularity of last season’s Chicks With Hits show, we expect a big turnout for these guys.

Songwriter and master musician Royal Wood takes the stage on Friday, November 9. He will be followed by the fabulously fun Equinox Orchestra on December 7. You will want to bring the entire family to this holiday show!

The new season also features Durham songstress Yolanda Rabun on February 8, NPR’s Snap Judgment alums James Judd and Jen Kober on March 22, and the much requested return of “one of the best slide guitar players on the planet” – Lee Roy Parnell – on April 13.

The season kicks off with a preview and presale party on Friday, August 10. A $10 ticket will buy you a sneak peek of the season, a preshow reception (with cash bar) and some great entertainment by Al Strong and the Fresh Five. It will also get you the chance to be among the first to purchase individual tickets to shows in the season before they go on sale to anyone else. You will want to plan to join us for this annual event.

Tickets to the preview and presale event go on sale on July 1. Additional ticket sales information is available here.

Final Show of 2017-18 Series Features David Myles

David Myles May 17 at The Clayton Center

David Myles brings his trademark suit and timeless music to The Clayton Center to close our 15th anniversary season on Thursday, May 17.

The Canadian singer-songwriter – who hovers somewhere between James Taylor and Justin Timberlake on the musical spectrum – brandishes a diverse set of musical tools. From soulful, contemporary pop songs to delicate, jazzy folk ditties, from down-home, back porch roots tunes to infectious hip-hop earworms, David’s only artistic constants are his shape-shifting songwriting and his exceptional ability to entertain.

Whether he is collaborating with a Latin Grammy winner, a world-renowned opera diva or a Canadian hip hop star, David effortlessly injects his music with an irresistible energy and an endearing charm. In addition to a reputation as a great showman, David’s flawless musicianship and unforgettable storytelling have garnered him a staggering number of prestigious nominations and awards throughout his career.

Help us celebrate the end of our first 15 years with a truly entertaining evening of the music of David Myles. Tickets for the 8 PM show are $18 (plus sales tax and fees).

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Clayton To Host NC Main Street Conference In March

The Town of Clayton and the Clayton Downtown Development Association will host the 2018 North Carolina Main Street Conference, March 13-15. The statewide meeting will take place at The Clayton Center.

The conference will bring hundreds to Clayton from all over North Carolina – including main street managers, downtown revitalization board members, town planners and elected officials. Joining them will be professionals from fields that affect downtown development, such as design, architecture, historic preservation, landscape architecture and event planning. In all, we expect 500 people to come to Clayton.

The Town of Clayton is a North Carolina Main Street Community, designated by the NC Department of Commerce and Main Street & Rural Planning Center. This will be the second time that the Town of Clayton has hosted a North Carolina Main Street Conference. Click here for more information about the conference.