Wide Open Bluegrass 2015 Hits Raleigh This Weekend

Even the weather can’t steal center stage from all the great bluegrass musicians in Raleigh this week for IBMA’s World of Bluegrass, but this weekend the Raleigh Convention Center will become the site for the event. The Convention Center will house more than 100 bands from around the world playing a variety of styles of bluegrass over the course of the two-day PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass festival.

In addition to yesterday’s announcement that the ticketed portion of the weekend will be moved indoors to the Convention Center, organizers confirmed this morning that the main components of the StreetFest will also move indoors, including all of the music stages and the vendors from the Got to be NC, Arts Market, and Shop Local Raleigh sections of the festival. The NC Pork Council’s Barbecue Experience Dinners will also be hosted inside the Convention Center.

The Dance Tent will move to Salisbury Street in front of the Convention Center – in addition to a tent over the top, the area will be walled in to help shield dancers, musicians, and audience members from the weather.

For a full schedule, map and weather updates, visit wideopenbluegrass.com.

Single Tickets On Sale Now


You will not want to miss a moment of the 2015-16 Palladian Series at The Clayton Center! Individual tickets to each of the season’s six performances are on sale

The series features six performances by incredibly talented artists, including Annie Moses Band, Saturday, Oct. 24, $25; Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo, Saturday, Nov. 7, $22; 3 Redneck Tenors, Saturday, Dec. 12, $30; Franc D’Ambrosio, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, $22; Lee Roy Parnell, Saturday, March 12, 2016, $25; and Mike Farris, Saturday, April 30, 2016, $25. All shows begin at 8 PM. Prices do not include ticketing fees and NC state sales tax.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling or visiting the Box Office, 919.553.1737, Monday through Friday, 10 AM to noon and 1 to 5 PM.

The Clayton Center Featured On “My Carolina Today”

The Clayton Center lobby - wedding and meeting rental raleigh ncOur Conference Center Coordinator Martha Vandergriff was a featured guest on the August 19 episode of WNCN’s My Carolina Today. Martha chatted with show host Valonda Calloway about clients who get married in the The Clayton Center Auditorium and hold their receptions in the Main Lobby. View the segment here.

The Clayton Center Announces 2015 -16 Palladian Series

Individual Tickets To Events Go On Sale On Wednesday, September 9

The Clayton Center is proud to announce the 2015-16 Palladian Series – six performances by remarkably talented artists who will capture the attention and the hearts of audiences of all ages.

The season kicks off with the incomparable Annie Moses Band on Saturday, October 24. This family of classically-trained musicians seamlessly blends Appalachian bluegrass, Irish fiddle, beloved classical themes and roots music into a stunning and captivating concert experience. Spend the evening enjoying favorites from Copland, Gershwin and other American originals.

On November 7, technically gifted guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo take the stage. These two jazz players are considered to be among the most ex­tra­or­di­nary gui­tarists per­form­ing today.

December 12 brings the 3 Redneck Tenors to town. These real life Broadway and opera stars will rock your holidays with their extraordinary Christmas SPEC-TAC-YULE-AR, featuring a musical feast of classical and pop that will be fun for the whole family.

Surprise your Valentine with a February 13 concert by Franc D’Ambrosio, the world’s longest running regional Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera. This incredibly talented tenor will serenade you and your sweetheart with interpretations of your favorite Broadway tunes.

March is the month for country music. On March 12, Lee Roy Parnell comes to town. For more than 25 years, Parnell has enjoyed a run of success on the country and blues charts with songs like “What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am” and “Tender Moment.” He has recorded eight studio albums, charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard charts and has been honored with numerous Grammy Award nominations.

The season closes on April 30 with the incomparable Mike Farris, who is fresh off a 2015 Grammy win for Best Roots Gospel Album. Farris will share original material as well as his trademark interpretations of traditional gospel steeped in the influence of rock & roll, New Orleans swagger and vintage Memphis soul.

Tickets to events in the Palladian Series range from $22-$30 (plus taxes and fees). Returning season ticket holders may renew their season subscription beginning Thursday, August 13. Tickets to individual shows in the series go on sale at 10 AM on Wednesday, September 9.

CYT Kicks Up Its Heels For “Thoroughly Modern Millie”


Clayton Youth Theater revives a 1960s classic with their musical production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. The curtain goes up on the performances on July 24-25, July 30-31, and August 1 at 7:30 PM at The Clayton Center.

Set in New York City in 1922, this family friendly musical comedy is filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men, and a dragon-lady of a villainess that audiences will love to hate. Millie will have all of Johnston County dancing the Charleston!

Tickets to the shows are $10 Adults; $5 Students 18 & under. (Ticket price does not include taxes or fees.) All seats for these performances are reserved, so order soon to get the best available seats.

Visit the Clayton Youth Theater website for more information about this talented group of 7th-12th graders.

CHS Class Of 1965 To Reunite In Former School This Weekend

The Clayton High School Class of 1965 will hold its 50th class reunion at The Clayton Center this Saturday. Members of the class will meet in the Council Chambers to reminisce and catch up with old friends in the very building in which they came together as students.

Since 1915, the property that is now The Clayton Center has been the cornerstone of community life in Clayton. Over the years, the historic buildings housed the Clayton Graded School, Clayton High School and Auditorium and Clayton Elementary School.

Full of life and activity for nearly 75 years, the building closed in 1997 and sat neglected until a public-private partnership between the Town of Clayton and the Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation turned the building back into a vibrant center of life in Clayton.

It is always a pleasure to host Clayton School reunions here. Clayton School alumni are eager to share their stories of “the good old days,” when the halls of the buildings were filled with students and the auditorium was the site for school events and assemblies.

Ms. Pansy Dobson's class of Clayton Elementary School students, circa 1960.

Ms. Pansy Dobson’s class of Clayton Elementary School students, circa 1960.

Summertime Fun Continues In Downtown Clayton

CoCo LoCo Party Band performs in the Clayton Town Square Concert Series this Thursday.

CoCo LoCo Party Band performs in the Clayton Town Square Concert Series this Thursday.

The July Town Square Concert Series presents the CoCo LoCo Party Band this Thursday, July 16, at 7 PM. Local vocalist Lauren Daniels — the reigning Miss Clayton High School — opens the show at 6:00 PM, and  food trucks will be on the Square. CoCo LoCo Party Band really knows how to get the crowd rocking — with a repertoire that ranges from Chubby Checker to Brooks & Dunn to Percy Sledge. So plan to come on out for a dance party on Town Square.

For more details about the July 16 concert and the Town Square Concert Series, visit the Downtown Clayton web site.