Tickets To An Evening With John Hiatt On Sale Now


Tickets are now on sale for a solo acoustic concert by singer-songwriter John Hiatt, presented  by Bob Nocek Presents. The show is Friday, October 14, at 8 PM. VIP Packages also are available for this performance.

Over the last 40 years, American rock guitarist, pianist, singer, and songwriter John Hiatt has released 22 albums and bridged a variety of genres. His music crosses boundaries between Americana, blues, folk, and country. Touring in support of his most recent album, Terms of My Surrender, Hiatt is performing a special Evening with John Hiatt.

Hiatt’s songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt (“Thing Called Love”), Emmylou Harris, Iggy Pop, Rosanne Cash (#1 country hit, “The Way We Make A Broken Heart”), the Jeff Healey Band (“Angel Eyes”), and even the cartoon bear band of Disney’s film, The Country Bears. He earned a Grammy nomination for Crossing Muddy Waters, while B.B. King and Eric Clapton shared a Grammy for their album Riding With The King, the title track from which was a Hiatt composition. Hiatt has received his own star on Nashville’s Walk of Fame, the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting, has been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and was saluted at the Indiana Governor’s Arts Awards.

The rock-country-blues fusion album Bring The Family – performed with Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe, and Jim Keltner – was Hiatt’s first charted effort, and he was subsequently named Best Male Vocalist in Rolling Stone’s annual Critics Poll. Always prolific, in the last few years Hiatt has released Same Old Man, The Open Road, Dirty Jeans & Mudslide Hymns, Mystic Pinball and Terms of My Surrender.

Click here for tickets and information.

Be The Best Guest You Can Be

If you have a wedding to attend his summer, take note! The following To-Do list will help you be the perfect wedding guest.

  • R.S.V.P. On Time. A timely response to a wedding invitation is a big deal. Don’t stash the invitation away to reply at a later date. You may forget to Clayton Center Wedding Guestssend the reply all together! So, do reply promptly, preferably within two weeks.
  • Arrive on time. Making an entrance after the bride walks down the aisle is definitely not the ideal. Plan to be in your seat 30 minutes before official showtime.
  • Respect the seating plan. If there is a seating plan for the reception, stick to it. You may wonder why you’ve been put on a certain table with people you may not know, but the bride and groom had a reason for doing that. Don’t swap the place cards!
  • Engage with other guests. Put your phone in your pocket and refrain from making calls or sending texts during the ceremony or at the reception. If you really must make an important call, then excuse yourself and be discreet.
  • Be considerate of the venue. Once the party gets going and the dancing begins, it can be easy to forget you’re partying on rented property. The bride and groom has the responsibility of keeping the venue intact by signing a contract and paying a deposit. Take care of the space and help insure that the couple gets their money back.

Following these simple To Dos will mean you have done your part to make sure that the happy couple have a day to remember! For more details on how to be a great guest, check out the following blogs at  and


Millstock Morphs Into Mondo Roots

mondorootsclaytonncThe festival formerly known as Millstock took on a different flavor on Saturday, and drew crowds to downtown Clayton for a multicultural arts experience.

The first annual Mondo Roots festival featured music that was as diverse as the artists displaying their wares. Rap, reggae, jazz, soul and funk could be heard from the stage on Town Square from 1 until 8 pm on Saturday. Congratulations to the organizers on a successful event!

Read about the festival in Sunday’s Clayton News-Star and check out photos here.


Sinclair Entertainment Brings Summer Comedy Series To The Clayton Center

Acclaimed Comedians To Perform On June 11

Comedian and actor Jaycomedyatclaytoncenter Derrell White and Sinclair Entertainment present the first of the 2016 Summer Comedy Series at The Clayton Center on June 11.

Headlining the show are popular comedians Donnell Rawlings — Ashy Larry from the Dave Chappell Show — and Reginald Ballard — Bruh Man from the highly acclaimed Martin Show. Also performing will be Raleigh’s own “Mello” Mike Miller who has worked with and written for Tracey Morgan.

You’ve seen Donnell Rawlings on Comedy Central’s award winning and critically celebrated “Chappelle’s Show” as “Ashy Larry,” the 70’s jheri curled “Beautiful,” and numerous other characters he’s played. Donnell is the franchise player Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan wanted as a writer and prime time player on their team. In recent years Donnell was on numerous seasons of MTV2’s “Guy Code” and served as the judge of MTV2’s Guy Court. He has been recently cast in Kevin Smith’s project Hollyweed.

You know character actor and comedian Reginald Ballard for his recurring role as Bruh Man from the Fox sitcom Martin.  He has appeared in many television shows, including Veronica Mars (the episode “Return of the Kane”), The Bernie Mac ShowThe ParkersSister, SisterJust Jordan, and the short-lived show, Crumbs. Currently, Ballard is performing stand-up and has said that the acting bug bit him after taking a theater class in college, “getting lost in a scene”, and listening to the audience applaud.

Ticket prices start at $25 for balcony seating. Floor seating is $35, and VIP tickets are available for $45. VIP tickets include a meet and greet with the comedians, two complimentary cocktails and a buffet. Other ticket holders are invited to a cocktail reception with cash bar beginning at 6 PM. The show begins promptly at 8 PM. Click here for tickets.

The Music Continues With Town Square Concert Series


The Clayton Center’s Palladian Series season came to an end on April 30, but the sound of music will continue in downtown Clayton with the outdoor summer Town Square Concert Series.

The Clayton Downtown Development Association (CDDA) has announced its 2016 line-up, which includes a local party band, beach music, R&B and everything in between. The opening act will be local favorite The Central Park Band. first concert is Friday, May 20.

Traditionally the Town Square concerts were held on Thursdays, but this year some dates fall on Friday and Saturday. The Square will open at 5:30 on concert nights, and lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged (no coolers, please). Beverages and food will be for sale.

The complete summer schedule follows. Click here for more information.

The Central Park Band– Friday, May 20
Southern Culture On The Skids – Thursday, June 16
Ken Knox & Co with The Executives – Thursday, July 21
Kasey Tyndall with Big River Band – Saturday, August 20
Natural Wonder – Thursday, September 15

Chorale Brings The “Best Of Broadway” To Spring Concert

JC Chorale at clayton centerThe Johnston County Chorale performs its annual spring concert this Saturday here at The Clayton Center with two performances of the Best of Broadway.

The show and the Chorale received some great press earlier this week in the News & Observer. N&O reporter Abbie Bennett wrote about the concert and the history of the Johnston County ensemble.

Bennett writes, “For nearly four decades, the Johnston County Chorale has serenaded not just its home county but venues across the country. Next up is The Clayton Center, where the chorale will present its spring concert, “Best of Broadway,” at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7.

Read the entire article here.

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.