Auditorium is backdrop for Shana Tucker video session

Shana Tucker video shoot at TCC

One of our audience favorites, the talented Shana Tucker, was recently in the house to record a segment for the Appalachian State University summer festival.

The ASU annual event is happening virtually this year, so when Shana was invited to participate in the program, she decided to pre-record the performance portions of of her presentation. 

“I was asked to participate in a live stream performance,” Shana said. “I have done more than a few livestreams since COVID; I have had some good ones, and some not-so-good ones. In order to ensure that my performance looks and sounds as good as I always hope to present, I suggested to the presenters that we pre-record the performance components. I will appear live for any spoken commentary or the interview portions of the livestream, with the performances as shared screen offerings in between the talking moments.” 

Shana said that she chose The Clayton Center as the backdrop for her videos because “The Clayton Center is such a beautiful space, both aesthetically and acoustically. I appreciate that space was made to accommodate my idea of filming a concert in a space that looks like a concert space.  

“I appreciate that Scotty opened The Clayton Center doors and welcomed us into the space so that we had the figurative and literal “room” to create a high-quality performance piece, and also so we would have the chance to play music together (in person) again. We hadn’t done that as a quartet since January…it felt good to play familiar music with familiar people, with friends…in a friendly, familiar place.” 

Shana also said that she prefers this style of livestream, since it affords the artist the benefit of showing up properly in performance, while also introducing the artist as a person, introducing their personality, to the viewing/listening audience.  

Shana’s performance goes live on July 10 at 7:30 PM. Get more information about the Appalachian State University summer music festival, here.

Movies to watch if you miss live events

If you are missing being part of a live audience as much as we are here at The Clayton Center, you might enjoy the advice offered in a recent article in the International Ticketing Association’s online newsletter Access.

In the article, titled “Top 10 Movies If You’re Missing Live Events,” Teddy Durgin suggests that the next best thing to watching or attending concerts, games, plays, and other live events can be watching movies about concerts, games, plays, and other live events.  

Of course, if you’re missing live music, you can join us on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM for our Facebook livestream concert series. (This week’s featured musician is Bruce Naegelen.) You can also search your favorite performers online to see if they are streaming any musical performances.  

Then, if you’d still like to watch a movie about live performances, check out the following:  
“Bohemian Rhapsody” for the classic rock enthusiast. 
“Straight Outta Compton” for those who enjoy rap music. 
“Walk the Line” for old-school country fans.  
And there’s always the mockumentary “This Is Spinal Tap.” 

Other movies suggested by Durgin include:  
Best Movie if You Miss Live Theatre: “Birdman.”  
Best Movie if You Miss the Ballet: “Black Swan.”  
Best Movie If You Miss Going to a Museum: “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.”  
Best Movie if You Miss Spring Training and Major League Baseball: “Major League.” 
Best Movie if You Miss March Madness Basketball: “Glory Road” 
Best Movie if You Miss NBA Basketball: “Space Jam.”  
Best Movie if You Miss NHL Hockey: “Miracle.”  

(Click here to read the full post).  

Keeping up with some of our favorite country artists

Since COVID-19 has forced us to take a hiatus from presenting live events, we thought we’d check out what some of our most beloved country and bluegrass entertainers have been up to the past few months. 

Marty Stuart
Marty was here at The Clayton Center just this past season. He and his band, The Fabulous Superlatives, have been in the studio working on a new album. Hear what Marty has to say about the album and other topics in a June 10 interview on Rock & Review (Fox-17 Nashville). Watch the interview here.

If you visit Marty’s Facebook page, you can also watch a rebroadcast of his 2017 Live From Delfest performance. The rebroadcast was a part of Marty’s participation in this year’s DelFest At Home, held in mid May.

Kathy Mattea
Back in May, Kathy was featured in a tribute to Doc Watson by MerleFest. Find the video here.

Kathy also was featured in the Grand Ol’ Opry’s Circle Sessions At Home, streamed live on June 6. If you watch the complete video, you’ll also see a segment by Lee Roy Parnell, who talks about life at home during the quarantine.

Pam Tillis
Grammy-winning country artist Pam Tillis recently released a new album, “Looking for a Feeling,” on her own Stellar Cat Records. On April 24 she hosted an at home album release party – check it out here.

Suzy Bogguss
Suzy was also here in October 2017 with Pam and Terri Clark. Suzy has made available a May 1 solo concert – A Window Seat Concert – via YouTube.

Ricky Skaggs
While the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is closed, they are spotlighting pieces pulled from the archives of their podcast “Voices in the Hall.” The June 6 rebroadcast spotlights Clayton favorite Ricky Skaggs. Listen here.

The Clayton Center presents The Malpass Brothers in a virtual July Fourth concert

We were excited to share a special announcement yesterday – we’ll be celebrating the Fourth of July with The Malpass Brothers, who will livestream a virtual concert right here from our stage beginning at 7:00 PM that evening.

You may not have an option to attend a fireworks display, but you can still have a blast with your favorite eastern North Carolina country crooners. And we can’t think of a better way to celebrate Independence Day than with a band that is as authentic as chopped pork barbecue and hush puppies and every bit as American as apple pie.

The livestream, presented by The Clayton Center in collaboration with the N.C. Arts Council and Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation, is FREE and can be accessed via The Clayton Center’s Facebook Live page at

As an added bonus, you can catch The Malpass Brothers in a second show on July 25 streamed from our friends at the Wake Forest Renaissance Center. For more information click here.

Catch up with Werner & Myles Online

Canceled but not forgotten – that’s how we feel about Susan Werner and David Myles. The Clayton Center staff was really looking forward to bringing these two artists together for the first time back in March. So we were truly disappointed when we had to cancel the show.

Though we may have missed them on our stage, we caught up each of these talented musicians by checking in on their virtual events. If you’re a fan of either David or Susan, or if you’d like to see for yourself just how good they are, read on.

David Myles released a new album, titled “Leave Tonight,” just last Friday, May 8. To celebrate, he hosted a Virtual Release Party on Thursday night. He introduced the album, played some songs and even brought in the band by way of Skype. You can enjoy the party – post party – on YouTube. Bonus: You can enjoy David’s other music on the site as well!

Susan Werner continues to engage her audience through weekly virtual performances. Her latest gig is called “Susie On Sundays,” a livestream that you can watch beginning at 7:00 pm from her Facebook Live page. You can plan to enjoy the next show live, or you can catch up on previous shows from her YouTube channel.

And the Livestream goes on

bruce naegelen tcc facebook livestream

“Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Andersen

We hope the music presented by local artists in our recent Facebook Live series is speaking to you in ways that bring you joy and relief from the emotions you may be feeling about the “new normal” of the coronavirus pandemic.

The clayton center vinson's takeout
The staff of Vinson’s restaurant delivered words of inspiration along with food for our crew and artist last week. Many thanks for the reminder!

We have received some great feedback about the shows, and we are pleased to continue the Wednesday night series. We are especially excited to bring Bruce Naegelen, former Town of Clayton economic development director, and singer-songwriter extraordinaire, to the stage this Wednesday, April 29, at 7:00 PM. Bruce’s repertoire includes classic rock, pop, country and folk from the 60s, 70s and 80s. 

Find the performance on our Facebook Live page. All of our local artists are donating their time and talent to these events. You can show your support and appreciation of their efforts by paying it forward. You will find Bruce’s personal Tip Jar at either Venmo: @bruce-naegelen or PayPal:

Keeping the music live: Third live stream event features Taylor Schiess

The Clayton Center is continuing to bring live music to its local audiences with the third in a series of Facebook Live stream events. Clayton musician Taylor Schiess will perform on the auditorium stage this Wednesday night, April 15, at 7:00 PM. Link to the event here.

Hundreds of people have been watching the local livestream events. The series began on Wednesday, March 25, with a performance by Aaron Hamm. The second event was a performance by Proton Jones on April 8.

Each of those events reached hundreds of people who either tuned in live or watched the live stream in the days that followed. The series allows The Clayton Center to support our hometown community of talented musicians who are struggling in the midst of the closure of local venues due to Covid-19.