Al and Tricia Clayton

Al and Tricia Clayton in the Vereen Gallery at the Colquitt County Arts Center. Al played his first gig in 1964 in this very room, which at that time was the Moultrie Junior High School's library.

Last August the Arts Center staff and board members gathered at the Gin Creek Pack House to discuss the upcoming fiscal year. This informal annual meeting is a great opportunity for team building and productive discussions about proposed activities at the Arts Center. At this meeting, Richie DeMott suggested a partnership for a concert type fundraiser for the Arts Center in the coming year. So we are now taking Richie up on his generous offer and are having a concert on Friday, Feb. 27, from 8 p.m until 11 p.m. at Gin Creek.

 I am pleased to announce that Al Clayton, a graduate of Moultrie High School in 1968, will be joined by the band Stage Fright to perform at Gin Creek. Tickets for the event are only $10 each. Wine will be available for purchase at the concert from Gin Creek’s selection of wines. You are welcome to bring refreshments other than wine for your own enjoyment. Tickets are now available in the office at the Arts Center.

The concert is billed as “Al Clayton and The Stage Fright Band.” Some of the songs to be performed that night will be from his new CD, “Guitar, Guns and Girls.”

This Atlanta based band will perform songs from the ’60s, ’70s and beyond and will also perform some of their original music. Al Clayton will be joining Stage Fright Band members Tom Burdine, Bob Selmansberger, Ken Orr and Steve Hitchcock.

You can visit Al's website at http://www.alclaytonmusic.com/ to purchase his CDs, and you can go to the band’s website, www.thestagefrightband.com, for additional information about these veteran musicians and singers. I liked the line about the band that I found on the website that read, “We get the crowd on their feet and dancing to the beat.”

I learned that Al Clayton’s love of music and singing began when he was a very young boy in the First Baptist Church. In the 8th grade he got a $50 Silvertone electric guitar that he used to perform his very first gig at the library (now the Vereen Gallery of the Arts Center) with Russ Moore and Bob Selmansberger.

 Please take this opportunity to have a fun night listening to great music and helping to support the arts in Moultrie at the same time. I hope to see at Gin Creek on the 27th.

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