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.



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.