5 for 5: Clayton Piano Festival Fifth Season Celebration Gala

The Clayton Piano Festival is celebrating its 5th season of bringing nationally known concert pianists to Clayton. This year’s 5 for 5 concert at The Cclayton-piano-festival-posterlayton Center will conclude the week-long festival with five pianists on five grand pianos on stage performing individual works, as well as together performing a Beethoven piece for five! All at one time! It should be extraordinary.

The Clayton Piano Festival would like to thank Johnston County first responders for their service to the community −particularly during the past few weeks when Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc on the county. CPF is offering first responders, including 911 dispatchers, fire, police, sheriff and National Guard, up to four free tickets each to the Saturday, October 22, concert. Call or stop by The Clayton Center box office to claim your tickets to the 7:30 PM performance. A reception will follow the concert.

Enjoy Sommore Comedy, Classic Music & A Healthy Dose Of Nostalgia

It’s mid October — the perwonderbreadyrs-vertfect time to get on out and take in a show right here at The Clayton Center.

We’ve got three shows in three days this week, so there’s plenty to choose from. Tomorrow, Thursday, October 13, 8 PM,  The Queen of Comedy – Sommore – brings her humorous, frank and fearless wit to The Clayton Center. Sommore takes on everything from mundane politics to controversial life issues. Tickets range from $32.50-42.50. Listen to Sommore here.

On Friday, October 14, 8 PMJohn Hiatt performs an intimate, acoustic concert. Tickets $45. Presented by Bob Nocek Presents. Listen to John here.

Writer and comedian Pat Hazell kicks off The Clayton Center’s new Palladian Series on Saturday, October 15, 8 PM. Pat – a former Seinfeld writer –  presents his fresh and funny salute to Americana, The Wonder Bread Years. Tickets $25. Watch a video here.


The Clayton Center & Town Offices To Open At 10 AM Monday

The Clayton Center and all Town of Clayton offices will open at 10 AM on Monday, October 10. The delay will allow staff to safely navigate roads that may be partially blocked by water or debris. Essential personnel, including police, fire, electric and public works crews, will be operating on a normal schedule. Please continue to be safe as the Town of Clayton and surrounding areas continue to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.


The Clayton Center will be CLOSED on Sunday, October 9, to help ensure the safety of our clients. We anticipate reopening at 8 AM on Monday, October 10. Please check back here for more information and visit the Town of Clayton website for more information about the status of other Town operations. Please be safe as Hurricane Matthew passes through our area. The storm has caused heavy rain, flooded roads, downed trees and power outages all around Clayton.

Treat Yourself to Comedy & Concerts


 We’ll be rockin’ to the music  and rollin’ on the floor laughing at The Clayton Center in the coming week … You don’t want to miss what we’ve got going on this October…

In just 2 days – Friday, October 10, 8 PM – get out of the house before Hurricane Matthew moves in this weekend! Shana Tucker blows into town with her cello and her ChamberSoul music. Tickets are just $15. Discounts are available. Call the Box Office for more info. Listen to Shana here.

Thursday, October 13, 8 PM – The Queen of Comedy – Sommore – continues to break records with her stand-up act, performing to sold-out audiences across the country. With her humorous, frank and fearless wit, this Queen of Comedy tackles everything from mundane politics to controversial life issues. Tickets range from $32.50-42.50. Listen to Sommore here.

Friday, October 14, 8 PM – The iconic John Hiatt (presented by Bob Nocek Presents) performs an intimate, acoustic concert. Tickets $45. VIP packages are available. Listen to John here.

Saturday, October 15, 8 PM – The Clayton Center’s 2016-17 season opens with Pat Hazell in The Wonder Bread Years, a fresh and funny salute to Americana. Tickets $25. Find more info here.

We finish out the month with the Clayton Piano Festival on October 22 and Decades Rewind on October 28. Check back for more information on these events later this month.

Shana Tucker Performs Chamber Soul In Special Event

From Cirque De Soleil’s KÀ To The Clayton Center

The Clayton Center has added a special event on Friday, October 7, at 8 PM – cellist and singer-songwriter Shana Tucker in concert.

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Photo by Chris Charles for Creative Silence

Shana’s ChamberSoul™ stories and songs are illuminated with hints of acoustic pop and soulful folk infused with strong jazz undertones.

Touted by JazzTimes Magazine as “a jazz talent…whose imprint and vitality has already been quite visible…”, Shana’s style and sound has been described as a curious mash-up of Joni Mitchell, Dianne Reeves, India Arie and Tracy Chapman, with an efficient complexity of songwriting reminiscent of Bill Withers.

Following the release and promotion of her debut CD, SHiNE (Jazz Urbane Recordings/ChamberSoul Media), a radio interview on NPR led to an invitation to join the musical cast of KÀ by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. Shana currently divides her time between Las Vegas and her chosen home base, Durham, NC.

Triangle Arts & Entertainment notes that Shana is “a complex musician who offers not only a world-class voice that rivals that of Cleo Laine or Diana Krall, but also is an accomplished cellist…able to compete with musicians who make their living simply by playing one instrument…she carves out a space that is intrinsically hers…”

Tickets to this event are $15, and seating is General Admission.

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Tickets Go On Sale Wednesday, September 7, For Individual Palladian Series Shows

Enjoy a fun and exciting evening at The Clayton Center during the 2016-17 Palladian Series. Individual tickets to events in the performing arts series go on sale this Wednesday, September 7, at 10 AM. Flex packages, which include a 10% discount off of the base ticket price when you purchase tickets to three or more showonderbreadyrsclaytoncenterncws, also will be on sale at this time.

There is still time to purchase full season ticket packages as well. The more you see, the more you save! Purchase a season ticket package and see all six shows at 15% off. That’s like seeing one show for free!

Visit our Palladian Series page for more information and to view videos of this year’s talented performers.