Wednesday, August 18, 2010

DDA To Participate in Community Showcase August 27

The Clayton Downtown Development Association will participate in the Community Event Showcase on August 27 at The Clayton Center. Join us as we share news about our upcoming special events in Clayton and find out about many of the upcoming events in your area!

The showcase will feature community and civic groups who will chat with event-goers about upcoming activities in the Clayton area; we will be joined with other organizations including: Clayton Chamber of Commerce, Clayton Parks & Recreation, Clayton Youth Theater, Clayton Visual Arts, Clayton Farm and Community Market and Clayton Mid-day Rotary Club. The evening also will feature a concert by Mel Melton & the Wicked Mojos, the official release of the Center’s 2010-2011 season lineup, giveaways, door prizes, light refreshments and a cash bar. The first 100 people to purchase tickets also receive tickets to a private wine tasting event.

The mojo kicks in at 6 p.m. when the Community Event Showcase opens. Showcase participants will have giveaways throughout the evening. The Clayton Center also will sponsor several door prizes. The grand prize is two season tickets to the 2010-2011 Palladian Series, which runs from October through April. The total value of the ticket package is $270.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in The Clayton Center Auditorium following the release of The Clayton Center’s eighth season.

Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos is a popular zydeco/Cajun flavored blues band. Nicknamed “The Zydeco Chef,” the multi-talented Melton cooks on stage as well as in the kitchen as owner of Durham’s Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse restaurant. He’s a classic blues harmonica musician who is backed by a talented band that gets its audiences out of their seats and on their feet before they know what hit them. When Melton describes the Wicked Mojos’ music, he says, “There's zydeco, of course, and Cajun and blues, and New Orleans jazz and funk. But as far as what we're playing, I call it Mojo Music."

Tickets to the event are $15. Each ticket includes admission to both the showcase and concert. For more information about the Clayton Center Season Kick-Off & Community Event Showcase, call The Clayton Center box office at 919-553-1737, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Don’t delay, buy your tickets now!

Tickets may be purchased at the box office, located at 111 E. Second St. in downtown Clayton, about 15 miles east of Raleigh, or by phone, or online at

The Clayton Downtown Development Association, Inc. is a non-profit organization formed to coordinate revitalization work in the historic downtown district. The Clayton DDA advocates and provides business improvement services in the downtown district, administers incentives for downtown improvements, and organizes several special events, including the Town Square Concert Series, Millstock Music & Art Faire, Oktoberfest and the Christmas Village & Tree Lighting.

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