Johnston County Event Calendar

Oct
11
Fri
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.

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Nov
7
Thu
Clayton Visual Arts “Meet the Artists” Reception @ The Clayton Center
Nov 7 @ 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.

Nov
9
Sat
Clayton at 150: Clayton Piano Festival Gala @ The Clayton Center
Nov 9 @ 8:00 pm

Join Johnston County native Jonathan Levin and the Clayton Piano Festival in commemorating and celebrating the Town of Clayton’s 150th birthday.

Clayton Piano Festival presents the final performance of its 8th season at The Clayton Center. Hosted by special guest performer, 2019 Miss America Nia Franklin, the program includes multiple performers and genres on piano, voice and strings, interspersed with poetry and short documentary film clips that capture the people and influences in the area. The program will follow a narrative which presents many of the themes of life in Clayton and Johnston County from years past to the present day. A reception is included.

Tickets to this event are $20 for adults and $10 for students 18 and under, plus sales tax & fees.

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 separate from the Palladian Series.

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Nov
17
Sun
I Am Enough Live @ The Clayton Center
Nov 17 @ 3:30 pm

Join award-winning writer, life coach and relationship solutionist Suzette Vearnon for her first ever I AM ENOUGH “LIVE” event at The Clayton Center auditorium on Sunday, November 17, at 3:30pm.

“While you are in your setback, life is preparing YOUR COMEBACK.”–Tim Storey

After a recent setback, Suzette was faced with an uncertain future and a sobering question: Would she allow the set back to define her or wait for God to reveal her next steps? She chose the latter! He didn’t just reveal next steps but He pulled back the curtains to a bigger stage.

If you are:

Struggling to figure out what’s next in your life
Stuck in a rut and unable to get out
Scared that you’ll die without living your dreams
Wanting to let loose and live but you’re scared
“Waiting for your Boaz” but it’s taking him too damn long
Trying to put the pieces of your life back together after a break up
Playing the game of life at less than 100%, scared of what people will say
A lifelong learner and simply want to strengthen your resolve

This event is for you!

It will be an evening of hope and connection where Suzette will be sharing more of her remarkable story, how God engineered this to make room for her and the insights she’s gained. But more importantly, to tell you not to give up on your God-given dream. Do not give up on love. Do not give up on life. To find your comeback! No matter your age or your circumstances, it’s not too late for a turnaround.

This is a free event! RSVP now at iamenoughlive.eventbrite.com

Nov
22
Fri
Prinus Productions Presents Noche Gaitera 2019 @ The Clayton Center
Nov 22 @ 8:30 pm

“Noche Gaitera 2019” es un evento donde se celebra el inicio de la temporada navidena y es una tradicion Venezolana, se presentara el cuatrista, compositor y cantante Rafael “Pollo” Brito junto a la agrupacion gaitera “Proyecto Pentagrama”, y teniendo a la agrupacion regional de musica latina “Son Latinos.” La Gaita navideñas o gaitas venezolanas se trata de un género musical que tiene su origen en el estado Zulia de Venezuela, por tanto forma parte de las tradiciones del estado Zulia, además por su relevancia cultural fue declarado como bien patrimonial de interés cultural y artístico de Venezuela, puesto que se propagó por todo el territorio nacional e incluso alcanzó la relevancia a nivel internacional.

“Noche Gaitera 2019” is an event where the beginning of the Christmas season is celebrated and it is a Venezuelan tradition, the quatrist, composer and singer Rafael “Pollo” Brito will be presented next to the gaitera group “Proyecto Pentagrama”, and having the regional group of Latin music “Son Latinos”. The Christmas Gaitas or Venezuelan Gaitas is a musical genre that has its origin in the Zulia state of Venezuela, therefore it is part of the traditions of the Zulia state, in addition to its cultural relevance it was declared as a heritage asset of cultural and artistic interest of Venezuela, since it spread throughout the national territory and even reached international relevance.

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Dec
5
Thu
Clayton Visual Arts “Meet the Artists” Reception @ The Clayton Center
Dec 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.

Dec
6
Fri
Melinda Doolittle @ The Clayton Center
Dec 6 @ 8:00 pm

Melinda Doolittle is a soul–stirring songstress. Her flawless vocals, irresistible artistry and effortless style compells her audiences to keep listening.

Tone deaf as a child, Doolittle’s choir teacher would plead with her not to sing, but just silently move her mouth. Undaunted, her love of singing drove her to enter a talent show in the seventh grade where she stunned the audience with her miraculously spot on vocals and beautiful voice. She never looked back!

After graduating with a music degree from Belmont University in Nashville, Doolittle became a highly sought after background vocalist singing for musical icons including Michael McDonald, Aretha Franklin, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Aaron Neville and Jonny Lang.

Doolittle became a household name during season six of American Idol in 2007. Although she came in third in the voting, she was first with Simon Cowell, who called her his “personal favorite.” She became the sweetheart of the season, winning over the hearts of all with her stunning powerhouse vocals and her personal charm.

In 2009, Doolittle released her debut album Coming Back to You, which garnered rave reviews from critics, including The New York Times, which hailed her as one of the most “phenomenally gifted” singers in years. In 2013, she released her sophomore album You’re The Reason. Between her album releases, she penned her book Beyond Me: Finding Your Way to Life’s Next Level. Doolittle was also the well-loved co-host of TV Line’s Reality Check.

Doolittle continues to thrill audiences everywhere from the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame to The White House, from the Copa Room to Carnegie Hall. In addition, she has been a featured guest with the Boston Pops, Charlotte Symphony and United States Air Force Orchestra to name a few, and was a featured performer at the 2015 Boston Pops Fourth of July Spectacular. She is currently headlining her own soulful show Great American Soul Book.

Dec
7
Sat
Around Town Singers & Orchestra @ The Clayton Center
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, October 1, at 10 AM.

Dec
8
Sun
The Nutcracker Presented by Tippy Toes Dance Studio @ The Clayton Center
Dec 8 @ 3:00 pm

This is a ticketed event. Ticket information to be announced.

Dec
10
Tue
Clayton High School Chorus and Band @ The Clayton Center
Dec 10 @ 6:30 pm

The Clayton High School chorus and band ensembles perform all of your holiday favorites.