Clayton Youth Theater Makes A Big Spash With The Little Mermaid

ClaytonLittleMermaidToday’s the day! It’s opening night for Clayton Youth Theater’s musical Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

Tickets to tonight’s premier are almost gone, and seats for the Saturday, July 30, matinee have already sold out. But there will be three more opportunities to see the show next week as the run continues on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 4-6.

Congratulations to the cast and crew, who have worked so hard on the show this summer. It’s been great to watch (and listen) to them pulling this show together. Break a leg!

Click here to read more about CYT’s The Little Mermaid.

Ken Knox Brings Beach Music To Town Square This Thursday

KenKnoxDowntownClaytonFormer Chairmen of the Board member Ken Knox continues his Carolina beach music legacy with this band Ken Knox & Co.  In a show filled with timeless hits — “Give Me a Little More Time,” “On the Beach” and everyone’s favorite, “Carolina Girls.”  Knox’s three -piece horn line, The Executives, will open with covers of your favorite party songs.  Check out their playlist to get a taste of this awesome show.

As always at the Town Square concert series, lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged (no coolers, please). Beverages and food will be for sale. Click here for more information.

Raleigh Native Jeanne Jolly Headlines Season Kick-off Event

“Jeanne Jolly can singJeanne Jolly The Clayton Center anything and sing it well…”

This quote from David Menconi, News & Observer music writer, sums up the talent of Jeanne Jolly. Jeanne’s music blends the earthiness of American roots music with jazz sophistication and the smoldering emotion of soul balladry. Her vocals seamlessly shift between down-homey and sweetly soaring.

Jeanne began her musical career as a featured vocalist for Chris Botti. While touring with the Grammy award-winning jazz trumpeter, she worked with world-renowned symphonies and had the distinct honor to perform at venues such as Carnegie Hall and play marquee events such as the Monterey Jazz Festival. She is classically trained as a singer and holds a master’s degree in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory of Music.

Over the years, Jeanne has been praised as a singer-songwriter who “melds folksy, soulful country with heavenly, heartfelt lyricism” (News & Observer), and as a vocalist who “can easily shift to the dusky lilt of Alison Krauss or the sophisticated jazz phrasing of Rickie Lee Jones” (Missoulian). The Boston Globe calls her “one of contemporary music’s best kept secrets. She is a revelation when you sit in on one of her concerts.”

On her latest album, A Place To Run, Jeanne’s musical background comes together organically, like never before. Her accomplished musicality, intimate lyrics, and passion and respect for the heritage of country, folk, and soul music smoothly blend together with elegant earthiness.

Jeanne Jolly appears in concert at The Clayton Center’s 2016-17 Season Kick-off party. More information about the event is available here.

 

Second Summer Comedy Series Show Is This Saturday

Comedian and actor Jay Derrell White and Sinclair Entertainment present the second of the three-part 2016 Summer Comedy SerComedySeries2ies this Saturday, July 9, at 8 PM.

Performing for the show are actor and stand-up comedian Pierre of the Steve Harvey Morning Show, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam and BET’s Comic View; Shaun Jones of Comic View, One Mic Stand and Bounce TV’s Off The Chain; and Talent of Comic View, HBO’s Snaps and Def Comedy Jam. Ticket price for the show is $25. Cocktail lounge opens at 6 PM.

Part III will be held on Saturday, August 20, and will feature, King Kountry Wayne and Joe Clair. Ticket price is $30.

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CYT Dives Under The Sea With Summer Show

The cast of Clayton Youth Theater is swimming along smoothly in preparation for their 2016 summer musical – Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

The talented gcytlittlemermaidroup of teenagers rehearses daily here at The Clayton Center, and from what we have been able to see and overhear, the community is in for a real treat.

The show is based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories as well as the classic animated film. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.”

CYT will present Disney’s The Little Mermaid on Friday, July 29, at 7 PM; Saturday, July 30, at 2 PM; and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 4, 5 and 6, at 7 PM. Tickets – which are $12 for adults and $6 for students 18 and under – are on sale now online or through The Clayton Center Box Office. (Please note that NC state sales tax and fees will be added to all ticket sales.)

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July 4th Fireworks & More At Municipal Park

The Clayton Center and all Town of Clayton offices will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. However, the Town’s Parks and Recreation, Police, Fire and other staff members – plus lots of local volunteers – will be out at Municipal Park as the Town presents its traditional Fourth of July festivities.

Activities start at 4 p.m. and include free family field games, free ice cream and watermelon, a free hose-down by the Clayton Fire Department and a free concert by The North Tower Band.

There also will be food vendors, a cornhole tournament, inflatables and fair rides, bingo and raffles throughout the night. The park is located on West Stallings Street in Downtown Clayton. The fireworks go off at dark.

Find complete details – including a map, timeline of events, and the exit plan to help get you home safely and quickly – here.

Tickets To An Evening With John Hiatt On Sale Now

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Tickets are now on sale for a solo acoustic concert by singer-songwriter John Hiatt, presented  by Bob Nocek Presents. The show is Friday, October 14, at 8 PM. VIP Packages also are available for this performance.

Over the last 40 years, American rock guitarist, pianist, singer, and songwriter John Hiatt has released 22 albums and bridged a variety of genres. His music crosses boundaries between Americana, blues, folk, and country. Touring in support of his most recent album, Terms of My Surrender, Hiatt is performing a special Evening with John Hiatt.

Hiatt’s songs have been recorded by artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt (“Thing Called Love”), Emmylou Harris, Iggy Pop, Rosanne Cash (#1 country hit, “The Way We Make A Broken Heart”), the Jeff Healey Band (“Angel Eyes”), and even the cartoon bear band of Disney’s film, The Country Bears. He earned a Grammy nomination for Crossing Muddy Waters, while B.B. King and Eric Clapton shared a Grammy for their album Riding With The King, the title track from which was a Hiatt composition. Hiatt has received his own star on Nashville’s Walk of Fame, the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting, has been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and was saluted at the Indiana Governor’s Arts Awards.

The rock-country-blues fusion album Bring The Family – performed with Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe, and Jim Keltner – was Hiatt’s first charted effort, and he was subsequently named Best Male Vocalist in Rolling Stone’s annual Critics Poll. Always prolific, in the last few years Hiatt has released Same Old Man, The Open Road, Dirty Jeans & Mudslide Hymns, Mystic Pinball and Terms of My Surrender.

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