Clay Center announces fall season

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The Charlie Daniels Band, along with the Marshall Tucker Band come to the Clay Center October 19. The show is part of the arts and science center’s fall season.
Country singer Jake Owen performs at the Clay Center September 14. Owen is one of several country acts on the Clay Center’s fall schedule.
Courtesy E Street drummer Max Weinberg kicks off the Clay Center's fall season September 8.
Photo Maria Grey The Marshall Tucker Band brings their southern rock style to the Clay Center along with Charlie Daniels October 19.
Courtesy The Drive By Truckers return to "Mountain Stage" for a show at the Clay Center October 8.

The Clay Center finishes the second half of 2017 with a whole lot of country, Bruce Springsteen’s regular drummer and a visit with the “Addams Family.”

Charleston’s arts and science center announced the new season at a press conference Monday morning, though roughly half of the upcoming shows have been public knowledge for weeks or months.

The fall/winter season kicks off Sept. 8 with Max Weinberg’s Jukebox, an interactive performance with the E Street Band drummer drawing from a 200-song playlist.

This show described by Rob Rosano, the Clay Center’s vice president of Theater and Sales, will have “an intimate feel” with on-stage seating and local food trucks.

Sept. 10, Garrison Keillor returns to the Clay Center with his “Prairie Home Love and Comedy Tour.” The show will celebrate Keillor’s 75th birthday, while offering many “A Prairie Home Companion” favorites.

Sept. 14, it’s country singer Jake Owen.

The American Country Music award-winner is best known for hits like “American Country Love Song,” “Beachin” and “Alone with You.”

Sept. 24, Disney Junior’s popular “PJ Masks” show brings a live stage performance to the Clay Center with “PJ Masks Live!”

The Sunday afternoon show is mainly for kids and a meet-and-greet will be offered.

Oct. 8, the Drive by Truckers and Australian songwriter Paul Kelly return to perform on “Mountain Stage” at the Clay Center, along with Swedish singer/songwriter Daniel Norgren.

Oct. 19, it’s a night of southern rock and rocking country with The Charlie Daniels Band with The Marshall Tucker Band.

Oct. 27-29 and Nov. 3-5, the Charleston Light Opera Guild will present “The Addams Family,” a musical that checks in with America’s creepiest family after the kids are all grown up.

Nov. 12, Country stars Lee Brice and Randy Houser bring their pop country styles to Charleston’s arts and science center. Brice is best known for hits like “Love Like Crazy,” “I Drive Your Truck” and “I Don’t Dance.”

Houser’s hits include “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight,” “High Country Feels” and “Boots On.”

Dec. 10, the Clay Center ushers in the holiday season with “Charlie Brown Christmas Live.”

Along with the fall slate of shows in the Maier Performance Hall, the Clay Center announced the Sound Check Sessions music series through December.

They are:

n Sept. 15, Magic City Hippies with Qiet.

n Oct. 13, Steppin’ Stones.

n Nov. 22, Porch 40.

n Dec. 14, Christmas with the Company Stores.

Season tickets packages for the Clay Center’s Live at Maier Hall shows are on sale now. Packages including all shows range from $248 to $362. The Clay Center is also offering a special “Country Crush” package, which includes the Jake Owen, Lee Brice/Randy Houser and Charlie Daniels Band/Marshall Tucker Band shows starting at $149.

Single tickets for individual shows go on sale to the public Monday, July 31 at 10 a.m.

Sound Check Session subscriptions are also available now, with all four shows for $50.

For more information or to order tickets, call 304-561-3570, go online to or visit the Clay Center box office.

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