CLAYTON — The fourth annual Clayton County Jam will feature a mix ranging from a country star who has sold millions of records to a comedian/musician described as the “Weird Al” of country music.
This year’s jam is Thursday through Saturday at the Clayton Opera House.
The Clayton Country Jam has raised more than $25,000 for local charities in its first three years. This year, it’s supporting six local charities: the Clayton Lions Club, Thousand Islands Central School District’s Select Vocal Ensemble, Thousand Islands Youth Hockey, Clayton Youth Commission, Ducks Unlimited and Randy Daniels, a teenager from Watertown.
Clayton native Bruce T. (“Mac”) MacFarlane, the founder and organizer of the Clayton Country Jam, said Mr. Daniels has undergone a kidney transplant after being diagnosed with branchio-oto-renal syndrome.
Acts in the Country Jam will perform two shows each day, at 5 and 8 p.m.
The Country Jam’s headline act is Collin Raye, whose hits scored big on country music radio in the 1990s. He has had 24 top 10 records and several No. 1 hits including “Love Me,” “In This Life” and “I Can Still Feel You.”
He performs at 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday.
Mr. Raye has consistently used his stardom to advance social causes. Among the organizations he has supported are Boys Town, First Steps, Al-Anon, Special Olympics, Country Cares About AIDS and Catholic Relief Services.
In 2010, after the loss of his 10-year-old grandchild, Haley, Mr. Raye and his daughter, Britanny, (Haley’s mother) established the Haley Bell Blessed Chair Foundation to honor Haley’s memory. The foundation supports and assists families of the cognitively and physically disabled with a primary emphasis on supplying wheelchairs and other necessary medical equipment to elevate the quality of life for the disabled family member in need, according to its website.
In 2013, Mr. Raye released his latest album, “Still on the Line,” which is a tribute album to his longtime friend and country music legend Glen Campbell, who continues to battle Alzheimer’s disease.
Also on the Clayton Country Jam lineup is Cledus T. Judd, who performs at 5 and 8 p.m. Thursday. He specializes in parodies of country hits.
In 1995, Mr. Judd released his debut album, “Cledus T. Judd: No Relation,” kicking off a career that spans nine studio albums with over 2 million records sold. His first video, “If Shania Was Mine” (his take on Shania Twain’s “Any Man of Mine”) won CMT’s 1996 Independent Video of the Year award.
Mr. Judd’s albums and videos have featured guest performances by artists from Buck Owens to Brad Paisley. He toured as an opening act and emcee for Brooks & Dunn, the Dixie Chicks and Toby Keith — skewering their music along the way. Mr. Keith’s megahit “I Love This Bar” gave Mr. Judd his highest-charting single to date, 2004’s “I Love NASCAR.”
Back for its fourth time at the festival is Hotel California, an Eagles tribute band. It takes the stage at 5 and 8 p.m. Friday.
The band, Mr. MacFarlane said, is a crowd favorite.
“They know how to work the crowd,” he said. “They alway pack the house and everyone leaves with a huge smile on their face and looking forward to seeing them again and again.”
Hosting all shows will be nationally touring comedian Vic Cleavenger, who specializes in Southern humor.
WHAT: Fourth annual Clayton Country Jam
WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Clayton Opera House, 405 Riverside Drive
THE LINEUP: Cledus T. Judd performs at 5 and 8 p.m. Thursday. Advance tickets are $30 reserved and $20 general admission.
Hotel California performs at 5 and 8 p.m. Friday. Advance tickets are $30 reserved and $20 general admission.
Collin Raye performs at 5 and 8 p.m.Saturday. Advance tickets are $50 with a VIP meet-and-greet, $40 reserved and $30 general admission.
All tickets at the door on the day of the shows increase by $5.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.claytoncountryjam.com or by calling the opera house box office at 686-2200. Box office hours are 11 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.
SUPPORTING: This year the Clayton Country Jam is supporting six local charities:
Clayton Lions Club, Thousand Islands Select Vocal Ensemble, Thousand Islands Youth Hockey, Clayton Youth Commission, Ducks Unlimited and Randy Daniels .
Ticket buyers should note the selected charity when ordering tickets and half the ticket price will be donated to the designated cause.