Monday, September 13, 2010

Living Legends Headline Eighth Palladian Series at The Clayton Center - Tickets Now Available!

Tickets for individual shows to the 2010-2011 Palladian Series went on sale September 8 at 10am. The upcoming Palladian Series promises to rival even the most successful of The Clayton Center’s past seasons.

Heidi Stump, executive director of The Clayton Center, said, “The 2010-2011 lineup is an exciting assortment of entertainment. This year’s artists are truly legendary, and we are thrilled to offer our audience the opportunity to see them perform locally.”

The eighth Palladian Series opens on Saturday, Oct. 23, with the “Hemi Guy,” comedian Jon Reep. Winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and star of the popular Dodge hemi commercials, Reep fashions himself a “Metro Jethro” – a small-town Southern man who lives a big city life and who delights in the humor he finds in both worlds. Reep is presented by Music City Artists.

The world renowned Blind Boys of Alabama perform on Saturday, Nov. 6. The five-time Grammy winners are praised for their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material by songwriters such as Tom Waits, Ben Harper and Eric Clapton.

The 2010-2011 Palladian Series also brings back to Clayton audience favorite Kathy Mattea in her holiday show, Songs and the Season, on Friday, Dec. 3. The show – an intimate, acoustic reinvention of Mattea’s hugely popular Christmas albums – is a spiritual performance that brings joy and reverence to the holiday celebration.

“Kathy Mattea performed a sold-out show here in spring 2009,” Stump said. “Our patrons loved her, and she was very impressed with The Clayton Center audience. We are extremely fortunate that she is returning to perform her special holiday presentation.”

The Palladian Series continues in 2011 with the sixth annual Blues Bash on Friday, Jan. 21. Blues Bash VI: Superharps showcases legendary blues harmonica player James “Superharp” Cotton. Sixty-five years into his career, Cotton continues to thrill audiences with his own, high-energy brand of blues harmonica. Appearing with Cotton is the Tad Walters Trio.

Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanual – one of the greatest living acoustic guitar players – comes to Clayton on Saturday, Feb. 26. Recognized internationally as the elite of the elite, Emmanuel’s unforgettable showmanship, flawless guitar skills and voluminous repertoire dazzles audiences worldwide.

The 2010-2011 Palladian Series wraps up on Friday, April 1, with the incomparable vocal stylings of Dianne Reeves. The multi-Grammy Award winning Reeves is just as comfortable singing jazz standards as she is crooning contemporary pop favorites. Her clear and powerful voice is reminiscent of jazz greats Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.

The Clayton Center also presents a bonus show on Sunday, March 13. Colin Hay, former frontman for ’80s sensation Men At Work, has garnered a new generation of fans in his two decades of solo work. Hay’s performances intersperse his classics — “Down Under,” “Overkill” and “Who Can It Be Now?” — with recent releases and with stories drawn from his often unbelievable experiences over the past 30 years.

All shows in the 2010-2011 Palladian Series begin at 8 p.m. in the renovated and historic 600-seat auditorium at 111 E. Second St. in downtown Clayton, located about 15 miles east of Raleigh.

Season tickets for the Palladian Series are $135. Tickets to individual performances are Jon Reep, $25; Blind Boys of Alabama with John Dee Holeman; $27.50; Kathy Mattea, $29; Blues Bash VI with James Cotton and Tad Walters Trio, $25; Tommy Emmanuel, $25; Colin Hay, $22; and Dianne Reeves, $27.50.

Tickets may be purchased by phone at 919-553-1737, at The Clayton Center Box Office from 10 a.m. until noon and from 1 until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at

Other popular artists presented in past seasons at The Clayton Center include Ricky Skaggs, Johnny Winter, Jesse Cook, Jim Brickman, Doc Watson, Eileen Ivers, Riders In the Sky, the Harlem Gospel Choir and David Sedaris.

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