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The Clayton Center Performing Arts Center Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill

Oct
16
Sat
2021
The Black Market Trust
Oct 16 @ 8:00 pm

Photo promoting The Black Market Trust at The Clayton Center on Oct 16The Black Market Trust is a traditional pop/vocal jazz group from Los Angeles who combine the sounds of the legendary American crooners with the fire and energy of Gypsy Jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. These five world-class musicians have recorded and performed on the world’s biggest stages with music’s most renowned artists. The band capitalizes on their experience and pedigree to deliver a high energy, crowd pleasing performances filled with some of the best songs ever written.

The live show features material from The Great American Songbook infused with Django’s romantic and virtuosic flavor, some intricate vocal harmonies and a dash of Rat Pack-style comedy. Audiences are transported as The Black Market Trust meld two distinctly different vibes – one, a gypsy campfire; the other, a slick metropolitan nightclub – into a cohesive, stylish sound.

With their latest album, II, The Black Market Trust has created an organic new sound that is daring, fresh and exciting, yet somehow still familiar and inviting. Combining old world romance with new world form, The Black Market Trust brings you a simple, elegant and well-defined classic sound.

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Know Before You Go

  • All seating is reserved.
    Tickets to this performance will be sold as reserved seating with no spacing between seats. One-third of the auditorium (rear sections on the main floor and part of the balcony) will be available for distanced seating should you decide to move your seat when you arrive for the show (subject to availability).
  • Patrons who feel ill are asked to stay home. Patrons who are unable to attend due to illness should contact the box office  prior to the start of the event to discuss their options.
  • The health and safety of our patrons, performers and staff is our top priority. Should any of our health and safety guidelines change prior to a show, ticket holders will be notified as soon as possible.
  • The use of face masks is required at The Clayton Center. We ask that all patrons, regardless of vaccination status, wear a face mask throughout the performance.

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Nov
6
Sat
2021
Brad Upton & Don Friesen
Nov 6 @ 8:00 pm

Don Friesen & Brad Upton

Direct from Dry Bar Comedy… Don Friesen and Brad Upton!

If you missed Don Friesen‘s hilarious Showtime one-hour special, Ask Your Mom, you’ve got to catch him live at The Clayton Center. Engaging, clever and just flat-out funny, Don captures the irony of parenting, marriage and everyday absurdities through characters, voices, parodies and some of the best written routines around.

As the only two-time winner in the 41-year history of the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition, Friesen ignites the stage with a playful, high-energy spoof of his life as a modern suburban dad trying to get through the day with a bit of money in the bank and a scrap of dignity intact. He’s a wanna-be geek who constantly upgrades to the latest tech, but can never get it to work, leading to signature bits about tech support, Idiots Guides, texting and passwords.

Friesen’s credits include Showtime, Live at Gotham, The Lewis Black Christmas Special, and Comics Unleashed. He was also featured in TBS’ The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas and is a wildly popular on KLOS’ 5:00 Funnies, 100.3 The Sound’s Laughter at 45 After, and XM Sirius satellite radio.

Brad Upton was a 4th grade teacher and high school track coach when he stepped on stage for the very first time in September of 1984. He’s never looked back. He quickly rose through the standup ranks making numerous television appearances and headlining comedy clubs from coast-to-coast.

In September of 2018 Upton surpassed 6,000 lifetime performances. He is a past winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival and appeared at Caesar’s Palace as part of the HBO Comedy Festival. He has spent the last 12 years as the opening act for the legendary Johnny Mathis and did multiple shows all over the country with the late, great Joan Rivers.

Upton has also been seen in concert with The Smothers Brothers, Smokey Robinson, Little Big Town, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Lewis Black, George Jones, Glen Campbell, Pam Tillis, Neal McCoy and many others. He writes about everyday life, a long-term marriage and anything else that pops into his head. He packs more laughs-per-minute into his set than nearly anyone in the business.

donfriesen.com, bradupton.com

Know Before You Go

  • All seating is reserved.
    Tickets to this performance will be sold as reserved seating with no spacing between seats. One-third of the auditorium (rear sections on the main floor and part of the balcony) will be available for distanced seating should you decide to move your seat when you arrive for the show (subject to availability).
  • Patrons who feel ill are asked to stay home. Patrons who are unable to attend due to illness should contact the box office  prior to the start of the event to discuss their options.
  • The health and safety of our patrons, performers and staff is our top priority. Should any of our health and safety guidelines change prior to a show, ticket holders will be notified as soon as possible.
  • The use of face masks is required at The Clayton Center. We ask that all patrons, regardless of vaccination status, wear a face mask throughout the performance.

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Nov
13
Sat
2021
Schoolhouse Rock! Live
Nov 13 @ 4:00 pm

Photo promoting Schoolhouse Rock! Live at The Clayton Center Nov 13Schoolhouse Rock! Live explodes onto the stage. The classic Saturday morning cartoon series is updated for a new generation, and features imaginative image projection and a rock n’ roll vibe.

The live-action performance focuses on Tom, a nervous young man on his first day of school as a teacher. Tom turns on the television to calm himself down and is visited by three parts of his personality who remind him just how much fun learning can be.

Childsplay Theatre breathes new life into Schoolhouse Rock, which originally aired on the ABC television network from 1973-1985. The collection of clever, animated shorts taught academic topics including grammar, mathematics, civics and science through entertaining songs and stories. Revisit your school days and introduce your family to unforgettable mega-hits like “Conjunction Junction,” “Just a Bill,” “Interplanet Janet” or “Three is a Magic Number.”

Know Before You Go

  • All seating is reserved. Tickets to this performance will be sold as reserved seating with no spacing between seats. One-third of the auditorium (rear sections on the main floor and part of the balcony) will be available for distanced seating should you decide to move your seat when you arrive for the show (subject to availability).
  • Patrons who feel ill are asked to stay home. Patrons who are unable to attend due to illness should contact the box office  prior to the start of the event to discuss their options.
  • The health and safety of our patrons, performers and staff is our top priority. Should any of our health and safety guidelines change prior to a show, ticket holders will be notified as soon as possible.
  • The use of face masks is required at The Clayton Center. We ask that all patrons, regardless of vaccination status, wear a face mask throughout the performance.

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Nov
19
Fri
2021
The Robert Cray Band
Nov 19 @ 8:00 pm

Photo promoting The Robert Cray Band at The Clayton Center NC Nov 19Show Notes:

  • All seating is reserved, and seating to this performance will be sold to full capacity with no physical distancing between seats.
  • Masks are required for all patrons and staff.  We ask that patrons wear a mask throughout the performance regardless of vaccination status.

Check out a Premium Merchandise Package here, (Note: these packages are sold through an affiliate site of The Robert Cray Band and are not sold through The Clayton Center or etix.com.

Robert Cray has created a sound that rises from American roots and arrives today both fresh and familiar. In just over 40 years, Cray and his band have recorded 20 studio releases, 15 of which have been on the Billboard charts, and played bars, concert halls, festivals and arenas around the world.

In 2011 Cray was inducted to the Blues Hall of Fame, and he received the Americana Music Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance in 2017. His current album, That’s What I Heard, has reached critical acclaim and features such tracks as the rollicking gospel groove “Burying Ground,” the bare-bones funk medley “Do It” and the sweet, soulful “You’ll Want Me Back.” www.robertcray.com.

Know Before You Go

  • All seating is reserved. Tickets to this performance will be sold as reserved seating with no spacing between seats.
  • Patrons who feel ill are asked to stay home. Patrons who are unable to attend due to illness should contact the box office  prior to the start of the event to discuss their options.
  • The health and safety of our patrons, performers and staff is our top priority. Should any of our health and safety guidelines change prior to a show, ticket holders will be notified as soon as possible.
  • The use of face masks is required at The Clayton Center. We ask that all patrons, regardless of vaccination status, wear a face mask throughout the performance.

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Dec
3
Fri
2021
Robert Earl Keen’s Christmas Show
Dec 3 @ 8:00 pm

Texas songwriter Robert Earl Keen has blazed a peer, critic, and fan-lauded trail that’s earned him living legend (not to mention pioneer) status in the Americana music world. With 19 records to his name, thousands of shows under his belt, and no end in sight to the road ahead, Keen remains as committed and inspired by his music as ever.

From his humble beginnings on the Texas folk scene, Keen has been regarded as one of the Lone Star State’s finest (not to mention top-drawing) true singer-songwriters. He was still a relative unknown in 1989 when his third studio album, West Textures, was released. But once fellow Texas icon Joe Ely recorded both “The Road Goes on Forever” and “Whenever Kindness Fails” on his 1993 album Love and Danger, the secret was out on Keen’s credentials as a songwriter’s songwriter. By the end of the decade, Keen was a veritable household name in Texas, headlining a millennial New Year’s Eve celebration in Austin that drew an estimated 200,000 people. A dozen years later, he was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Know Before You Go

  • All seating is reserved. Tickets to this performance will be sold to capacity as reserved seating with no spacing between seats.
  • Patrons who feel ill are asked to stay home. Patrons who are unable to attend due to illness should contact the box office  prior to the start of the event to discuss their options.
  • The health and safety of our patrons, performers and staff is our top priority. Should any of our health and safety guidelines change prior to a show, ticket holders will be notified as soon as possible.
  • The use of face masks is required at The Clayton Center. We ask that all patrons, regardless of vaccination status, wear a face mask throughout the performance.

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Feb
26
Sat
2022
The Celtic Tenors
Feb 26 @ 8:00 pm

promotional photo for The Celtic Tenors at The Clayton Center NC concert Feb 2021A local audience favorite – The Celtic Tenors – return to The Clayton Center stage on February 26!

This popular crossover trio has a truly global audience. Whether playing neighborhood cathedrals or major concert halls, The Celtic Tenors, who include James Nelson, Matthew Gilsenan and Daryl Simpson, perform with tremendous talent and good humor. Their mix of classical, opera, traditional Celtic, folk, and popular contemporary music seamlessly blends together in unforgettable performances.

Know Before You Go

  • All seating is reserved. Tickets to this performance will be sold as reserved seating with no spacing between seats. One-third of the auditorium (rear sections on the main floor and part of the balcony) will be available for distanced seating should you decide to move your seat when you arrive for the show (subject to availability).
  • Patrons who feel ill are asked to stay home. Patrons who are unable to attend due to illness should contact the box office  prior to the start of the event to discuss their options.
  • The health and safety of our patrons, performers and staff is our top priority. Should any of our health and safety guidelines change prior to a show, ticket holders will be notified as soon as possible.
  • The use of face masks is required at The Clayton Center. We ask that all patrons, regardless of vaccination status, wear a face mask throughout the performance.

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Mar
26
Sat
2022
Susan Werner
Mar 26 @ 8:00 pm

photo promoting Susan Werner at The Clayton Center on March 26, 2020Susan Werner composes skillful songs that effortlessly slide between folk, jazz and pop, all delivered with sassy wit and classic Midwestern charm.

Throughout her expansive career, boundless versatility has emerged as a hallmark of her talent. This versatility has proven to be a quintessential ingredient of her engrossing musical personae.

Known for her engaging and energetic live show,  Werner continues her reign as one of the most bold and creative forces on the acoustic music scene today. Dubbed by NPR as the “Empress of the Unexpected,” Werner’s album projects cover the genres of folk, rock, pop, gospel, blues and Americana.

Know Before You Go

  • All seating is reserved. Tickets to this performance will be sold as reserved seating with no spacing between seats. One-third of the auditorium (rear sections on the main floor and part of the balcony) will be available for distanced seating should you decide to move your seat when you arrive for the show (subject to availability).
  • Patrons who feel ill are asked to stay home. Patrons who are unable to attend due to illness should contact the box office  prior to the start of the event to discuss their options.
  • The health and safety of our patrons, performers and staff is our top priority. Should any of our health and safety guidelines change prior to a show, ticket holders will be notified as soon as possible.
  • The use of face masks is required at The Clayton Center. We ask that all patrons, regardless of vaccination status, wear a face mask throughout the performance.

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Apr
28
Thu
2022
Paul Thorn
Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm

Photo promoting Paul Thorn concert at The Clayton Center NC April 28Paul Thorn has created an innovative and impressive career. He pleases crowds with his muscular brand of roots music – bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern American – yet also speaks universal truths. Among those who value originality, inspiration, eccentricity and character, the story of Paul Thorn is already familiar.

Raised in Tupelo, Mississippi,  Thorn has rambled down back roads and jumped out of airplanes. He worked for years in a furniture factory and battled four-time world champion boxer Roberto Duran on national television. He has signed with and been dropped by a major label, performed on stages with Bonnie Raitt, Mark Knopfler, Sting, Huey Lewis and John Prine, among many others, and made some of the most emotionally restless yet fully accessible music of our time. He’s also appeared on major television shows such as Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Kimmel Live, been the subject of numerous National Public Radio (NPR) features and charted multiple times on the Billboard Top 100 and Americana Radio Charts.

Know Before You Go

  • All seating is reserved. Tickets to this performance will be sold as reserved seating with no spacing between seats. One-third of the auditorium (rear sections on the main floor and part of the balcony) will be available for distanced seating should you decide to move your seat when you arrive for the show (subject to availability).
  • Patrons who feel ill are asked to stay home. Patrons who are unable to attend due to illness should contact the box office  prior to the start of the event to discuss their options.
  • The health and safety of our patrons, performers and staff is our top priority. Should any of our health and safety guidelines change prior to a show, ticket holders will be notified as soon as possible.
  • The use of face masks is required at The Clayton Center. We ask that all patrons, regardless of vaccination status, wear a face mask throughout the performance

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