Clayton Piano Festival Presents Clayton at 150 Gala

The Clayton Piano Festival closes its 8th season with a celebration of the Town of Clayton’s 150th birthday. CPF will present local history through music and documentary film clips that capture the people and influences of the region.

The evening will be narrated by special guest performer, 2019 Miss America Nia Imani Franklin. The program also will feature violinist and violist Christin Danchi and pianists Joey Chang and Jonathan Levin, among others. The program will follow a narrative which presents many of the themes of life in Clayton and Johnston County from years past to the present day.  A reception will follow the performance.

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Sloane: A Jazz Singer Returns

Jazz singer Carol Sloane will return to the Triangle area for a concert performance at The Clayton Center in downtown Clayton, on Friday, October 11, at 8 PM. 

“Two for the Road” pairs Sloane with the incredible Mike Renzi — one of her most beloved, longtime pianists. The show will be an intimate “homecoming” (Sloane lived in North Carolina for a number of years) and will feature some of Carol’s favorites songs, including tunes she recently recorded for a new live album at Birdland in New York City. 

NPR calls Sloane “a sublime singer of great songs.”

“She is natural and unaffected with a voice that embraces the melody and the listener with equal parts maturity and conviction. Combining spirit with character and elegance with style, Sloane has enchanted audiences all over the world. Her command of The Great American Songbook is unmatched.”

Film director Michael Lippert (Reeves: A Home For Music) is crafting a moving film about this favorite lady of jazz. The documentary film SLOANE • A JAZZ SINGER began shooting when Sloane appeared at Raleigh’s C Grace jazz club in May of 2018. The film continues in production and will include the recording of the new live album at Birdland. And don’t be surprised if you see a camera or two wandering around The Clayton Center on October 11. (view the film trailer here.) 

It’s not often you come across a music documentary where the greatness of the film equals the greatness of the subject (“Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser” and “The Beatles: Anthology” come to mind) and this trailer has all the earmarks that “Sloane: a Jazz Singer” will turn out to be a film of that caliber. Like those great documentaries, it looks stunning and grabs the viewer immediately. The juxtaposition of the current and historical footage and images tells you right up front that you’re about to embark on a very special journey. Although there are many who deserve this quality of treatment, there is no one who is more deserving than the incredible Carol Sloane, especially to those of us here in her home state of Rhode Island. Bravo to all involved. As they say, “I can’t wait to see the movie!” Rick Bellaire, Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame 

For more info about the documentary SLOANE • A JAZZ SINGER now in production, click here.

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Popular Country Crooner and Greensboro native Billy “Crash” Craddock added to September schedule

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It’s Easy as Pie to see Billy “Crash” Craddock in concert in Clayton. Crash will perform at The Clayton Center on Saturday, September 21, at 7:30 PM.

Sing along with Crash as he belts out his biggest hits, including Knock Three Times, Rub It In, Ruby Baby, Broken Down in Tiny Pieces, Easy as Pie, Sweet Magnolia Blossom, Ain’t Nothin’ Shakin’, Still Thinkin’ ‘Bout You, and Dream Lover. Tickets for the show are $25, plus sales tax and fees.

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2019-20 Palladian Series Tickets On Sale This Week

Marty Stuart tickets available today beginning at 10 AM

Tickets go on sale this week to the five shows in The Clayton Center’s 2019-20 Palladian Series. Leading the way are single take sales for country music legend Marty Stuart. Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his iconic concept album The Pilgrim on Friday, October 4, at 8 PM.  

Tickets to the October 4 show go on sale to the general public today, Monday, August 12, at 10 AM.  

Tickets to the remaining shows in the season will be available beginning, Thursday, August 15, at 10 AM.  

These include an evening with American Idol top five finalist Melinda Doolittle on Friday, December 6. Next us are the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players with I’ve Got A Little Twist, on Friday, February 21. Songwriters Susan Werner and David Myles, appear together on Friday, March 20, and comedians Brad Upton and Don Friesen close the season on Saturday, April 18. All shows begin at 8 PM. 

Melinda Doolittle

In addition, The Clayton Center is presenting two exclusive engagements. Jazz vocalist Carol Sloane and accompanist Mike Renzi present Two For The Road on Friday, October 11. The Clayton Piano Festival will present Clayton at 150, celebrating the Town’s 150 birthday, on Saturday, November 9.  

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Help Us Celebrate Our New Season This Thursday

The Clayton Center’s fifth annual Palladian Series Preview and Presale party is this Thursday, August 8. A $10 ticket will buy you an evening out AND the chance to purchase individual tickets to shows in the season before they go on sale to the general public.

North Carolina duo Violet Bell will headline the event with a 7:30 PM concert.

Violet Bell weaves roots, soul, psychedelic and classical music into a lush, wild soundscape. On stage and in the studio, the North Carolina duo of Lizzy Ross (guitar, banjo, vocals) and Omar Ruiz-Lopez (violin, viola, cello, guitar, mandolin, vocals) share magnetic chemistry. The two have played more than 300 shows from Montreal to Miami in just over two years, honing the fiery intimacy of their live show and building a steadily growing fan base.

Tickets to Preview party are available here. Or, you can call or come by the box office. Tickets will be available at the door Thursday evening.

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Follow The Yellow Brick Road To See “The Wizard of Oz”

Walk into The Clayton Center on a weekday this summer, and you can hear the sounds of the classic musical The Wizard of Oz. The cast of Carolina Youth Theatre (formerly Clayton Youth Theater) is hard at work rehearsing for their upcoming production.

CYT presents The Wizard of Oz on Friday, July 26, at 7 PM; Saturday, July 27, at 2 PM; and Thursday through Saturday, August 1 through 3, at 7 PM.

The CYT production is based on the children’s book by L. Frank Baum and the classic 1939 film starring Judy Garland.

When a tornado whisks Dorothy over the rainbow to the land of Oz, the Kansas farm girl sets off on a magical journey that requires brains, heart and courage. With Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion by her side, Dorothy learns the importance of friendship and that there really is “no place like home.” 

Tickets for The Wizard of Oz are $15 for adults and $8 for students (18 & under), plus sales tax and fees. ​All seating is reserved. Tickets may be purchased through The Clayton Center Box Office in person or by phone at 919-553-1737, or online at theclaytoncenter.com.

Take a Stroll Down “Main Street, USA” with ATS&O

The Around the Town Singers & Orchestra take a stroll down Main Street, USA, on Friday, June 21, at 7 PM. This fun 90-minute show celebrates the return of Main Streets all over America and features music and dancing from the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

ATS&O promises a special “show within a show” with some of the most toe-tapping hits to keep you singing along the entire time! Take a peek down Main Street Clayton with an amazing set that will allow the audience to become be a part of a unique experience! Tickets are $18, plus sales tax and fees, and group discounts are available.

For more information about ATS&O visit aroundtownsingers.org.