Johnston County Event Calendar

Season Preview & Presale Party featuring Violet Bell @ The Clayton Center
Aug 8 @ 7:30 pm

The Clayton Center’s fifth annual Palladian Series Preview and Presale party is 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. Tickets to the event go on sale on July 8 at 10 AM.

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.

Violet Bell cut their debut LP Honey in My Heart with engineer Jason Richmond (Avett Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Nneena Freelon, Dom Flemons, Bombadil). The songs were recorded live in single takes, without isolation, click tracks or vocal tuning. Full of personality, Honey in My Heart feels consistent with the duo’s true selves as opposed to hidden behind studio wizardry.

Violet Bell was an official Americanafest 2018 showcasing artist. Since forming in March 2016, Violet Bell has been presented at venues and festivals such as WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour, The Center for the Study of the American South, Rooster Walk Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, Ocrafolk Festival, the Charleston Bluegrass Festival, the Festival for the Eno, the Beaufort Music Festival, the Burlington Carousel Festival, the Haw River Ballroom, Folk Alliance International, and many more.

Violet Bell has worked with KidzNotes, the Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra, The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, the University of Mary Washington’s James Farmer Multicultural Fair, the Savannah Folk Music Society, and others to engage communities of all ages in educational and inspiring workshops.

Violet Bell was born in 2016, when singer-songwriter Ross recruited Ruiz-Lopez as a multi-instrumentalist for a live album recording show… two weeks before the show. Ruiz-Lopez slayed the performance and brought out a new dimension of beauty in the music. Violet Bell released their debut EP Dream the Wheel in 2017 and have been playing ever since.

Clayton Visual Arts “Meet the Artists” Reception @ The Clayton Center
Sep 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Clayton Visual Arts invites you to a free “meet-the-artists” reception from 6-7:30 PM.

Exhibits change monthly and feature the work of local artists. Visit  Clayton Visual Arts online for information about each artist.

Sisters Sharing the Savior (Non-Denominational) Bible Study @ Christ Community United Methodists Church
Sep 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Sisters Sharing the Savior (Non-Denominational) Bible Study @ Christ Community United Methodists Church | Clayton | North Carolina | United States

This is a WOMEN’S NON-DENOMINATIONAL Bible Study that meets from September until May each year (for 23 years, since 1996) and follows the Johnston County school calendar (thus we do not meet if schools are cancelled or have a delayed opening due to inclement weather. For the 2019-2020 Bible Study year we will be studying Genesis and The Sermon On the Mount. The book for each Study will cost between $8.00 & $10.00.

El Autobus con Emilio Lovera @ The Clayton Center
Sep 13 @ 8:30 pm

“El Autobus” is a comedy show by Emilio Lovera that shows those who are not Venezuelans what Venezuela means, why Venezuelans are outside Venezuela, who they are and how they are. And to those who are Venezuelans, the show brings the best memories of their country. All of this will leave you with a big smile. Don’t miss this opportunity.

EL AUTOBÚS es un espectáculo de comedia de Emilio Lovera donde se puede mostrar a quienes no son venezolanos qué es lo que es Venezuela, por qué están los venezolanos fuera de Venezuela, quiénes son y cómo son. Y a quienes son Venezolanos traer los mejores recuerdos de su país.  Y todo esto con el fin de dejarles una gran sonrisa. No te pierdas esta oportunidad.

Birds, Bees, Butterflies & Growing Pollinator Gardens @ Birds, Bees, Butterflies & Growing Pollinator Gardens
Sep 14 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Birds, Bees, Butterflies & Growing Pollinator Gardens @ Birds, Bees, Butterflies & Growing Pollinator Gardens | Smithfield | North Carolina | United States

Pollinator gardens, birds, bees and butterflies will be the focus of this one day symposium. It is part of an ongoing effort by Johnston County Extension Master Gardeners to educate the public.

Expert speakers from around the State will provide a plethora of information. Bringing these concepts together, our final speaker will present how to design a pollinator garden that will cohesively combine all three areas. This public symposium is designed for homeowners, but also effective for schools, churches, businesses, etc.

Strong Tower Christian Fellowship Praise Party 2019 with Canton Jones @ The Clayton Center
Sep 14 @ 6:00 pm

CANTON CAJO JONES is a singer, rapper, songwriter, producer, vocal arranger, youth pastor and entrepreneur, as well as a dedicated husband and father of 4.

Canton Jones is a Deerfield Beach, FL, native, currently residing in Atlanta, GA. He has ministered to and performed in front of millions of people during his career as a music artist. Since beginning his career and ministry, Canton Jones has released numerous albums which include 20 Years, 3 Months, & 12 Days….., Love Jones, The Password: Access Granted, Kingdom Business Parts 1-4, Dominionaire, Dominionaire Remixed, Go Mode, Lust, Drugs, and Gospel, and Godcity.

Canton Jones has featured on projects with Kierra Kiki Sheard, James Fortune, Pastor Charles Jenkins, John Waller, Uncle Reece, Vicki Yohe, Deitrick Haddon, J Moss, Tye Tribbett, T Haddy, Isaac Caree, Viktory, Andy Mineo, Matt Pitt, William Murphy, Jor’dan Armstrong, Richie Righteous, Bizzle, Crystal Tamar, KJ 52, Jonathan Phillips, GIdeonzArmy, Corey Coco Condrey, Mr Del, Vashawn Mitchell, William McDowell, and Joann Condrey.

His awards and accolades include:

  • 2012 Grammy nomination
  • Stellar Award nomination
  • 3 Gospel Choice Awards
  • Trailblazer in Media &Entertainment Award
  • Received Resolution from Georgia State Senate
  • Partnerships with McDonald’s The Gift Tour, Chick Fil A, Trumpet Awards, Gospel Music Channel, Walmart, Hosea Feed the Hungry
  • Received keys to the city of Carrollton, GA
  • Serves Georgia school systems by speaking and ministering in song to elementary through high school students
  • Serves troubled youth by speaking and ministering in song to juvenile centers and at risk high schools.

The most important mission for Canton Jones is to clearly and adequately relay the message behind the music – the uninhibited Word of God. As a Youth Pastor at New Hope Church in Fayetteville, GA, Canton Jones is given the opportunity to hear and see what young people deal with on a daily basis. He is then able to speak musically to that generation in a way that they can incorporate God’s Word into their own lives. Canton ministers with conviction and transparency, which always proves to be effective on any platform.

Find more information about Praise Party 2019 here.


Billy “Crash” Craddock @ The Clayton Center
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm

Billy “Crash” Craddock was born the youngest of 13 children in Greensboro, NC. A good portion of his childhood was spent surrounded by music and love of his family. His father, typical of musicians of his day and time, played harmonica, spoons, washboard and buck danced. His mother and older brothers and sisters regularly sang old gospel standards and folk tunes, harmonizing beautifully amongst themselves. Craddock remembers listening to Little Jimmy Dickens, Lefty Frizzell and Faron Young on the radio, singing as they sang, knowing he would only have to hear a song once or maybe twice before he knew the lyrics and melody by heart. His family was very supportive of his talents and one brother even paid him a nickel for every song he could sing and not miss any words on. But it wasn’t until Elvis Presley stormed into the entertainment field, that a young Billy Craddock thought he, too, might be able to combine his love for music and his need for earning a living.

By this time his high school football team had given “Crash” Craddock his unusual nickname, one that would stick on and off the playing field for the rest of his life. Crash got his first recording contract with Colonial Records in Durham, NC shortly after high school and he was on his way.

It wasn’t too long until Crash signed with Cartwheel Records and released the fateful record, Knock Three Times. That song was to become the first of nine number one singles for Crash and literally paved the way for his phenomenal world-wide success. Other number ones include 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. Additonally, there have been countless top 10 charted singles.

Billy “Crash” Craddock has achieved every one of his career goals. He has sung on the Grand Old Opry, has donated memorabilia to the Country Music Hall of Fame, has toured to sell-out crowds around the world on numerous occasions, and is able to superbly entertain audiences time and time again.

Clayton Visual Arts “Meet the Artists” Reception @ The Clayton Center
Oct 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Clayton Visual Arts invites you to a free “meet-the-artists” reception from 6-7:30 PM.

Exhibits change monthly and feature the work of local artists. Visit  Clayton Visual Arts online for information about each artist.

Marty Stuart Presents “The Pilgrim” @ The Clayton Center
Oct 4 @ 8:00 pm

The Clayton Center welcomes country music torchbearer Marty Stuart as he celebrates the 20th anniversary of his iconic album The Pilgrim. While he’s too gracious to admit it himself, the GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter, and musician is living, breathing country music history. Join Marty Stuart as he shares through story and song his remarkable life.

Throughout his career, Stuart has played alongside the masters, from Cash to Lester Flatt; he’s been a worldwide ambassador for Nashville, Bakersfield and points in between; and he’s safeguarded country’s most valuable traditions and physical artifacts, including its literal shoes: Stuart counts the brogan of Carter Family patriarch A.P. Carter and an assortment of Cash’s black boots among his vast collection of memorabilia.

But most importantly, Stuart continues to record and release keenly relevant music — records that honor country’s rich legacy while advancing it into the future. But this year, Stuart is looking to the past for inspiration. Twenty years after its original release, Stuart is breathing new life into his 1999 concept album, The Pilgrim.  Hailed by critics as a showcase of Stuart’s incredible songwriting and instrumental skills, The Pilgrim is a tale of a love triangle replete with marital infidelity, soul searching and redemption — all the ingredients for classic country success.


Carol Sloane & Mike Renzi: Two for the Road @ The Clayton Center
Oct 11 @ 8:00 pm

Carol Sloane recorded her first album for Columbia Records in 1961 and began a successful career appearing in the top jazz clubs in America. She made her New York debut opening for Oscar Peterson at the famed Village Vanguard. She was also the opening act for Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, Jackie Mason, Phyllis Diller and Bill Cosby in such places as Mr. Kelly’s in Chicago and the “hungry i” in San Francisco.

Sloane’s extensive discography attests to her long association with major recording labels in the U.S. Among the great musicians with whom she has recorded are Art Farmer, Kenny Barron, Phil Woods, Bill Charlap, Frank Wess, Kenny Burrell, Clark Terry, Bill Mays, Houston Person and Tommy Flanagan. She has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Town Hall and The Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center. She also has toured Japan extensively as part of The Concord Jazz Festival and has appeared around the globe including Canada, the UK, Spain, Brazil, Portugal and The North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands.

Sloane’s New York jazz club engagements include The Village Vanguard and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, The Jazz Standard and Birdland.

Sloane was off the scene for years, but she is back and sounding as wonderful as ever. Her concerts, club performances and master classes continue to be rich, living pathways into the music and stories beautifully shared from a life well sung.

Please note: This is an exclusive engagement of The Clayton Center and is not a part of the Palladian Series. Tickets to this event must be purchased separately.