Palladian Series Ends On A High Note

“I took my husband to see the Rock Legends show and we loved it. It was awesome!”

“Great show. What a way to end the season!”

We have received tons of comments like these since we closed the 2016-17 Palladian Series on Saturday with Billy McGuigan and his Rock Legends show. We had a great audience here, and they really enjoyed the music and the magic of the evening.

The Palladian Series may be over for this season, but the auditorium will be far from quiet in the coming months. Our schedule for the summer includes dance and music recitals in May and June, the Johnston County Chorale annual spring concert, rehearsal and production of Clayton Youth Theater’s summer musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” and more.

Of course, we will also announce our 2017-18 Palladian Series and begin ticket sales for the season.

Please check in to this site throughout the summer for all of the latest news about what’s happening at The Clayton Center. As always, thanks to our sponsors and patrons for your continued support!

Hippity, Hoppity – The Easter Bunny Is On The Way

Town Offices Closing on Good Friday

The Easter Bunny at Clayton Community ParkTown of Clayton offices, including The Clayton Center, will close on Friday, April 14, in observance of the Easter holiday. But that won’t stop Clayton Parks and Recreation from holding the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Clayton Community Park.

The Egg Hunt – which is for preschoolers ages 5 and under – will begin promptly at 10:30 AM. The Easter Bunny will arrive on a Clayton Fire Engine to meet and take pictures with the whole family! Please plan to arrive early as parking is limited.

Get Ready To Rock ‘n’ Roll

Billy McGuigan in Rock Legends at The Clayton CenterGet ready to rock & roll with Billy McGuigan in his show Rock Legends on Saturday, April 22. The show, which is the final performance in The Clayton Center’s 2016-17 Palladian Series, begins at 8 PM.

In preparation for this look back at some of the best rock n’ roll music of the 50s through the 80s, we have compiled some rockin’ rock n’ roll facts.

  • Elvis recorded more than 600 songs, but did not write any of them.
  • Chuck Berry aspired to be a professional photographer and only performed music to buy photography equipment.
  • Jimi Hendrix wrote Purple Haze after dreaming about walking under the sea.
  • John Lennon was featured as the cover story on the first issue of Rolling Stone.
  • The Beatles’ 1967 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is considered to be the first-ever concept album.
  • London Calling was named after a phrase used in a BBC show during WWII: “Good morning America, this is London Calling.”
  • Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited is named after Route 61, the highway that goes through his home state Minnesota through the Mississippi Delta.
  • Brian Jones, co-founder of The Rolling Stones, was proficient at over 60 musical instruments.
  • The Doors were the first band ever to advertise a new album on a billboard.
  • Queen has the longest-running fan club, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
  • The Eagles started out as the backup band for Linda Ronstadt.
  • The first CD pressed in the United States was Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA.
  • Pink Floyd’s original name was Sigma 6.
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan was the guitarist on David Bowie’s Let’s Dance album.

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Bust Loose With HMI Student Showcase This Saturday

HMI The Clayton CenterStudents of Hamptown Music Institute will be “Bustin’ Loose” on Saturday, April 8, as they take to The Clayton Center stage for the third annual HMI student showcase.

The show will highlight Clayton’s budding musical artists in grades K-12, as well as adults, as they perform a variety of musical offerings.

HMI founder Ivan Hampden, Jr. has a storied professional background. Hampden was born and raised in New York City, and grew up in Harlem’s musically diverse neighborhoods to the rhythms of R&B, salsa, Caribbean, jazz, blues, pop, funk and whatever else trickled in. This saturation of music inspired Hampden to start playing the drums at the age of eight. By the time he was 13, he was playing in local clubs in and around New York City, with blues musicians who helped instill in him a sense of timing and groove. The musical diversity of his early youth set the foundation for Hampden’s future work with percussion and keyboards.

Throughout his career, Hampden has performed with numerous recording artists, including Luther Vandross, Stephanie Mills, Ashford & Simpson, Roberta Flack, Phil Perry, Vanessa Williams and Jennifer Lopez.He has also worked with such artists as Bonnie Raitt, Al Jarreau, Dionne Warwick, Maceo Parker, El Debarge, Kenny Lattimore, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Michael MacDonald.

Tickets for “Bustin Loose” are availalbe online at or through The Clayton Center box office. Tickets are $12.50, plus sales tax and fees. All seating is general admission. The show begins at 7:30 PM.

Shout Out To The Scene Stealers

As we near the final show in our 2016-17 Palladian Series, we want to give a shout out to The Clayton Center’s Scene Stealers. The Scene Stealers are a dedicated group of volunteers committed to providing our patrons with an enjoyable experience when they attend a Palladian Series show or other special event.

These individuals work as greeters, ushers and ticket takers; they distribute programs; and they assist with concessions during our shows. All of the staff at The Clayton Center are grateful for the volunteers — the show truly would not go on without them!

The Clayton Center established the Scene Stealers during the 2004 season, and the group has continued to thrive ever since.

So, if you are looking for a way to become more involved in the community, or if you would just like to get out and meet a wonderful group of people, The Clayton Center’s Scene Stealers may be for you. You can complete a registration form here, or send an email to


Lawn & Disorder — Comedy From The Suburbs

Karen Morgan and Jim Colliton are two responsible grown-ups trapped inside the bodies of two brilliant comedians. On the other hand, maybe it’s the olawn and disorder at clayton centerther way around.

Either way, when Karen and Jim take The Clayton Center stage on Saturday, March 25, get ready to laugh. Their show – Lawn & Disorder –is a show about life as we know it in the suburbs of America. They talk about their spouses, their children, their neighbors and their parents. After you hear about what goes on in their neighborhoods, you may want to go home and take a closer look at your own!

Jim and Karen are comedy headliners who are as personally engaging and endearing as they are outlandishly funny, as utterly real and honest as they are sharp and keenly observant.

Karen Morgan is a former trial attorney in Georgia who just found her married life to be too funny to keep hidden away daily in a dour courtroom. She decided to give stand-up a try and ended up among the finalists on Nick at Nite’s “Funniest Mom in America.”

Jim Colliton goes through his daily family chores with the lawnmower and recycling carts from his home near Boston. His first TV appearances came on “Next Big Star,” and he has appeared with Patti LaBelle, Kenny Rogers and the Beach Boys. His “Stories from the Suburbs” was named JPF’s Best Comedy Album of the Year.

Tickets to Lawn & Disorder are $20, plus sales tax and fees. The show starts at 8 PM, and all seats are reserved. Click to purchase tickets.

54th Miss CHS Pageant Is March 18

Spring 2017 scholarship pageants continue at The Clayton Center on Saturday, March 18, when Clayton High School presents the 54th annual MisMiss CHS Is March 18s CHS Scholarship Pageant, themed Winter Wonderland.

The Miss CHS scholarship pageant – which is one of the longest continuous pageants in North Carolina – began in 1964 as a one-time fundraiser for the school yearbook. Paula Justice was the very first student crowned as Miss Clahischo. Mr. James Lawrence Williams was the yearbook advisor at the time, and he served as pageant director until his retirement in 1993.

In 1980, Miss Clahischo was renamed Miss Clayton High School to more accurately reflect the duties of the titleholders, who had become representatives of not only the school, but for the entire Clayton community.

The 2017 scholarship pageant begins at 7 PM. Tickets are on sale now online and through The Clayton Center box office. Tickets are $10, plus sales tax and fees.