Palladian Series Finale With Mike Farris Featured On “My Carolina Talk”


Valonda Calloway of WNCN’s My Carolina Talk had lunch with Scotty at Clayton Steakhouse recently to chat about this Saturday’s Mike Farris concert. Check out the conversation here.



Grammy Winner Mike Farris To Close Palladian Series


Mike Farris − the first recording artist to receive a Grammy Award for Best Roots Gospel Album − takes the stage on Saturday, April 30, as the last performer in the 2015-16 Palladian Series. Farris won our hearts in the 2010 Palladian season and continues to electrify audiences with his live performances. His latest CD, Shine For All The People, showcases his trademark interpretations of traditional gospel steeped in the influence of rock, vintage Memphis soul and the swagger of New Orleans. Tickets for the 8 PM performance are $25 (plus sales tax and fees.) Click here to purchase tickets.

Spring Spruce Up At The Clayton Center Includes New Windows

ITheClaytonCenterwindowst may be raining outside, but work on The Clayton Center window replacement project continues today inside the building as crews work to remove storm windows installed as part of the original renovation of the Center more than 13 years ago.

The project began on March 9 with the delivery of the new windows. Since then, a crew from Muter Construction has been working to replace the crumbling 90-plus-year-old windows in the auditorium and conference center classrooms.

When The Clayton Center was renovated from the former school buildings, the Town worked to preserve the original windows. The current project will upfit the Center with more cost-saving, energy efficient windows, while maintaining the architectural integrity of historic building.

For more detailed information about the project, see coverage by the Clayton News-Star here.


“My Carolina Talk” Talks About March 12 Show At The Clayton Center

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My Carolina Talk was talking about The Clayton Center today after a visit from Valonda Calloway, host of the popular morning talk show. The show — formerly My Carolina Today — featured a chat with our Center executive director Scotty Henley about this Saturday’s Palladian Series performance by Lee Roy Parnell with Clayton native Kennedy Fitzsimmons as the opening act.

The segment also focused on Palladian Series sponsor Universal Chevrolet of Wendell. In case you miss today’s segment of My Carolina Talk, click here.

Local Singer-Songwriter Kennedy Fitzsimmons To Open Saturday Show

If you enjoy going out to local clubs to listen to live music, you may have seen Kennedy Fitzsimmons perform a time or two. Profile with GuitarBefore her recent move to Nashville, TN, Kennedy could be seen – and heard – around town at festivals such as the annual Millstock Music & Arts Fair, the taprooms of Deep River and Double Barley brewing companies, and other area venues.

This Saturday, March 12, Kennedy will make her professional debut on The Clayton Center stage as the opening act for slide guitarist Lee Roy Parnell. Kennedy, and guitarist Walter Garland, will take the stage at 8 PM.

Born in upstate New York and raised in Clayton, Kennedy grew up with a variety of musical influences. She learned to sing at an early age thanks to her parents who are both performing singers. The musical tradition in her family also extends to her grandfather – who taught her to play guitar – and a number of other relatives who are professional musicians.

Over the years, Kennedy learned to love many genres of music including country, bluegrass, rock, and blues. She began incorporating these influences into her own original music when she started writing songs at the age of 10.

Over the years Kennedy has built up an impressive performance resume including bars, clubs, festivals, and even guest performances with major country acts. She has significant experience performing as both a singer-songwriter and as lead singer with the backing of a full band.

Kennedy recently moved to Tennessee where she performs in the heart of Nashville six to seven times a week with her band. She is currently working on her first record to be released later this year.

Tickets to see the March 12 show are $25 (plus sales tax and fees). Click here to purchase tickets.

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.

“You Can’t Take It With You” Opens This Thursday

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The students of Clayton Youth Theater rehearse for the upcoming performance of “You Can’t Take It With You.”

CYT Presents Pulitzer Prize Winning Comedy

Maybe “you can’t take it with you,” but this week you can see it live on stage at The Clayton Center!

Clayton Youth Theater performs the Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman Pulitzer Prize winning comedy You Can’t Take It With You this Thursday, Friday and Saturday – February 25, 26 and 27 – at 7:30 PM each evening.

A story of family and non-conformity, this show has been delighting audiences since 1936.

Each member of the lovable, yet eccentric, Sycamore family marches to his own drummer –whether writing plays, making firecrackers, collecting snakes, playing the xylophone or dancing ballet. The one member of the household that is in touch with the outside world is Alice, the youngest daughter.  When Alice gets engaged to Tony Kirby, she invites her new fiancé and his conservative parents over for dinner. Anything can happen when the straight-laced Kirbys meet the zany Sycamores…and it probably will!

Tickets for You Can’t Take It With You are $12 for adults and $6 for students 18 and under, plus sales tax and fees. Purchase tickets here, or call the box office at 919-553-1737 for more information.