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livestream compilation collage

Since the initial pandemic shutdown back in March, The Clayton Center has continued bringing live music to the community.

To commemorate our eight months of shows, we have put together an “events in review” stream. Join us for the Giving Thanks Live Stream Compilation, which features highlights from some of our favorite pandemic livestream concerts.

The featured North Carolina musicians have sustained us through this time of isolation and uncertainty, and we are grateful to them and to you for sticking with us. We wish you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving, and we hope you enjoy the show. You’ll find it this Wednesday, November 25, at 7:00 PM at https://youtu.be/t7plwfcVBVo.

Special Veterans Day YouTube event features Jazz Ambassadors of The U.S. Army Field Band

The Clayton Center is proud to honor the men and women who have served and defended our country this Veterans Day with a special live video stream of “The Greatest Generation” as performed by The Jazz Ambassadors of The United States Army Field Band.

We would like nothing else than to have our veterans gather in the auditorium for a tribute as in years past. But since we can’t do that, we are streaming a video performance of the the Jazz Ambassadors, which is the official touring big band of the United States Army. The concert is scheduled for 7:00 PM on Wednesday, November 11.

This event will be streamed on YouTube at the following link: https://youtu.be/dg5C7G0TOLY.

Formed in 1969, this 19-member ensemble has received great acclaim at home and abroad performing America’s greatest original art form, jazz.

Concerts by the Jazz Ambassadors are programmed to entertain all types of audiences. The band’s diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals, and patriotic selections, many of which are written or arranged by members of the Jazz Ambassadors.

The Jazz Ambassadors has appeared in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India, and throughout Europe. Recent notable performances include concerts at the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Jazz Education Network Conference, and an appearance on the Colbert Report.

Gordon Goodwin, Bobby Shew, Ernie Watts, and the Dave Brubeck All-Star Quintet are just a few of the outstanding jazz artists who have shared the stage with the Jazz Ambassadors. The band has been featured in joint concerts with Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Pops, the Colorado Pops Orchestra, and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall.

The Jazz Ambassadors’ rigorous touring schedule and reputation for excellence has earned it the title “America’s Big Band.”

Zoom in Tuesday for the magic of Joshua Lozoff

Photo of Joshua Lozoff on stage

The Clayton Center presents Joshua Lozoff: Virtually Impossible this Tuesday, October 20, at 7:00 PM live via Zoom.

 The show is available for the first 100 viewers who zoom into the event on Tuesday, October 20, at 7:00 PM. Just follow the link below.

Joshua’s motto is “Life is Magic.” He says, “the most beautiful thing about magic is how it appeals to everyone. I can go from a black-tie gala to a backyard barbeque, and everyone has a few moments in time which transcend our ordinary reality; moments of awe, of astonishment, and just a flat-out fun time.”

Recently, Joshua had the honor of being one of only two magicians to receive an invitation to perform at the World’s Fair in Japan. He spent two weeks as a featured performer for the USA Pavilion, entertaining Fair visitors from around the globe.

Before turning his attention to magic, Joshua was a professional actor, with a notable recurring role on the TV show Cheers, as Gino Tortelli, and as Logan in the movie Clueless. You can even see Joshua’s martial arts prowess on display (he holds a 2nd degree black belt in Aikido) in the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

After 14 years as a professional actor, Joshua left Los Angeles to regain his sanity and devote more time to service work, including volunteer stints throughout Latin America.

ZOOM LINK: https://zoom.us/j/99307444410?pwd=L3RjMm5ZZGxBY3ZESlorM3FwVkpJZz09

If you’re prompted for a meeting ID and Passcode, use the Meeting ID: 993 0744 4410 and Passcode: magic.

Presented by The Clayton Center, North Carolina Arts Council and the Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation. 

Weekly livestream moving to YouTube in October

We are excited to announce that The Clayton Center’s Wednesday evening concerts will be livestreamed via YouTube beginning October 7 at 7:00 PM.

The switch will make our concerts accessible to a wider audience, as many individuals do not use social media. It also will allow for higher quality and faster uploads of the performances.

OCTOBER SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

William Seymour
Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 PM

Without Further Ado
Wednesday, October 21, 7:00 PM

KTZ Band
Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 PM

Autumn Nicholas
Wednesday, October 28, 7:00 PM

Piedmont Laureate presents new project in special Tuesday livestream event

Love in space, at the seashore, in the backyard.
Love in the future, one hundred years ago, and right this very moment.
Love between family, friends, and lovers.
Broken love, silly love, healing love.

It’s all in here. The Declaration of Love Project.

Piedmont Laureate Tamara Kissane and colleague Aurelia Belfield commissioned 11 North Carolina playwrights to craft short audio scenes based on the prompt “Declaration of Love.”

The pair presents six of the 11 audio pieces in a special appearance on The Clayton Center’s Facebook Livestream on Tuesday, September 29, at 7:00 PM.

A Durham playwright, Tamara’s work has been produced by both hands theatre company, Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and Women’s Theatre Festival. Her stage-plays, The New Colossus and Master Builder, were commissioned and performed by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern in 2016 and 2018.  She is the host of Artist Soapbox, a weekly podcast featuring original audio fiction and interviews with Triangle/NC artists about their creative process.

Recorded remotely by local actors, the complete Declaration of Love anthology will be released to the public in podcast form later this year.

This special event is presented by The Clayton Center in collaboration with the North Carolina Arts Council and the Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation.

Find a list of the scenes to be included in this presentation here.

“Blood Done Sign My Name” premiers live from Clayton

If you saw our Facebook post this week, you know that our tech crew has been learning a new Zoom approach to virtual performance.

The stage is set for Mike Wiley’s live, virtual Zoom performance of Blood Done Sign My Name. Photo by Tracy Francis.

The Clayton Center is the host site for 12 Zoom showings of Blood Done Sign My Name. The one-man show is performed by N.C. actor and playwright Mike Wiley and is presented by the North Carolina Stage Co. of Asheville.

NC Stage Co. had been looking forward to presenting the show to their Asheville audience live. But when it became clear that the venue might still be closed for the show date, they approached The Clayton Center about ways to use a livestream to deliver the performance. Mike had already been using The Clayton Center stage to record his catalog of performances, so it made sense to work together to bring the show to life. (read more about that project here.)

The Zoom format allows viewers to see Mike perform in real time, while also allowing Mike to see and interact with viewers whose images — in true Zoom box style — are projected onto screens set up in front of the stage.

The first of the 12 performances debuted last evening, September 10. The events continue for three weeks and dates include September 11 through 13, September 17 through 20 and September 24 through 27. Most show times are at 7:30 PM. Sunday performances begin at 2:00 PM, and the September 17 show will start at 8:00 PM.

This event is ticketed by the NC Stage Company. Tickets are available on a Pay as You Wish basis starting at $20 per person. For complete details on this unique Zoom experience, the show and how to purchase tickets, please visit NC Stage Company here.

Benson Chamber streams Sundown in Downtown Concert from Clayton

The Benson Area Chamber of Commerce’s August 27 Sundown in Downtown concert may not have been held in the town’s Singing Grove, but the show did go on.

The virtual concert, which featured the popular band Liquid Pleasure, was livestreamed from The Clayton Center using YouTube.

This collaboration is a wonderful example of how communities throughout Johnston County have come together to support one another during the pandemic.

To watch a recording of the concert, click here.