2011 Town Square Concert Series Lineup

The Town Square Concert Series is organized by the Clayton Downtown Development Association, Inc. For more information send an email to claytondowntown@gmail.com or call (919) 553-1545.

Hip Pocket Band
May 19, 2011

When Hip Pocket Band shows up a party breaks out and the fun begins. They were named 2009 CBMA Award for Favorite New Artist. Hip Pocket has been compared to the Band of Oz in the 1980’s & Bill Deal & The Rhondels in the 70's! The Hip Pocket Band is a one of a kind variety band. They play everything from 60's soul and 80's Dance Music to today's Hot New Country and Party Rock & Roll. If Carolina Beach Music is your thing they play the Rock & Soul Classics you are looking for. Weather and a rescheduling conflicts prevented their performance last year, so this will be the first Clayton appearance for the Hip Pocket Band.

June 2, 2011

This will mark the fourth Nantucket performance in Clayton. The legendary Nantucket is a rock band that formed in Jacksonville, North Carolina in 1969. The band signed with Epic Records in 1977 and released its self-titled album the following year, which featured the hit single "Heartbreaker." Nantucket released a new single this year “The General Has Left Us” in tribute to beach music legend General Johnson.

Nantucket has opened and toured with for top acts such as KISS, Styx, Boston, Mother's Finest, and Journey and AC/DC. Most recently, Nantucket has opened for Heart in Virginia Beach and Raleigh.

Johnny Orr Band
June 16, 2011

Johnny Orr has been a fixture in the Raleigh area for a long time. He’s been performing since the mid 80′s and the past few years have kicked things up notch.

Johnny made it to the finals at Nashville Star, he’s been on CMT’s Big Break with Sara Evans, he’s opened for Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Gretchen Wilson, Phil Vassar, Josh Gracin, Josh Thompson, Jeff Bates, and many more. Johnny Orr Band also won the Clayton Town Square Concert Series, “Battle of the Bands” in 2008.

Craig Woolard Band
July 21, 2011

With the classic style of Ray Charles, the dynamics of Marvin Gaye and Rod Stewart, the Soul of James Brown, the vocal prowess of Steve Perry of Journey, combined with the passion of Sam Cook and Michael McDonald, you have “The Soul Man of Beach Music”, Craig Woolard. June 24 marks Craig’s third appearance in Clayton!

As the ambassador of Beach Music, Woolard has enjoyed a stellar career as the front man of one of Carolina’s premiere bands, the Embers. After 27 years with his former group, Woolard has taken on a new persona in what is claimed to be the South’s number one Beach Music, R&B, Top 40, Motown, 70’s & 80’s, and Rock & Roll Party Band….Craig Woolard is The Real Thing!

Central Park Band
August 18, 2011

This will be The Central Park Band’s second appearance at the Clayton Town Square Concert Series. They are based in Clayton and feature Casey Coats and Marty Gilbert as lead singers, Tom Bagley on guitar, Craig Pulley on bass, George Coghill on drums and John Fichera on keybords. Their vast repertoire includes playing music from the Beatles to the Black Eyed Pea’s. CPB specializes in audience participation, encouraging people to dance!

The Castaways
September 15, 2011

The Castaways are the premier party band in the Carolinas and Virginia. A reputable band known throughout the South, The Castaways posses nearly fifty years of experience in the beach music industry. From it's beginning in Durham, NC in 1961, The Castaways have been pleasing audiences with their unique flavor of Beach, Soul, and Rock N' Roll for generations of fans. But don't let the fact that the band has been around for fifty years fool you. High energy, current songs, and fun on stage will bring a party to all age groups! The Castaways original music can be heard on Beach Music radio shows throughout the southeast. As artists on the KHP Music label, their cd's "Generation Six" and "Give It Up" have received great reviews as they have showcased the variety of vocal styles and song selections that The Castaways can offer! Come out and give The Castaways a listen - you will soon become a "Castanut"!!