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Clayton Shindig signs The Steeldrivers, 9 other bands for 2015 show

Bands signed for the 2015 Clayton Shindig will play a variety of music – country, rock, folk and soul music –headlined by the Grammy-nominated bluegrass group The Steeldrivers.

The lineup for the Oct. 10 event, announced this month, also includes The Black Lillies, Fruition, Spirit Family Reunion, Cabinet, The Hey Brothers, Johnny Orr, Lonesome Drive, Knockin Spirits and Canaan James.

Dave Brown, the Shindig’s chief organizer and a Clayton Mid-Day Rotary Club member, said the goal this year was not only to increase the number of bands but the talent as well.

Case in point being the The Steeldrivers, whose bluesy, country sound has earned them nominations for three Grammys, four International Bluegrass Music Association awards and a bid for the Americana Music Association’s New Artist of the Year. The Nashville, Tenn.-based group won the IBMA award for Emerging Artist of the Year in 2009.

“Some of these bands are a lot bigger than in the past,” Brown said.

The first Clayton Shindig was held in 2012 in a parking lot by the Flipside restaurant. Two bands played music, there was a cornhole tournament, and a couple hundred people showed up. More than 1,000 people turned out in 2013, Brown said. That’s when he realized the event had potential.

Brown added 10 bands and three breweries for last year’s Shindig. The event, which was partially rained out, also coincided with the Clayton Chamber of Commerce’s Squealin’ on the Square BBQ Cook-off.

This year, in addition to the music lineup, five breweries will be selling and sampling beers throughout the day. A new $35 ticket option will give attendees a pass for unlimited beer tastings from 1 to 5 p.m. and a commemorative beer-tasting glass. Brown said only 350 of the “Tasting Tickets” are available.

The barbecue-cooking competition will again be held in conjunction with the Shindig, in a parking lot beside Town Square.

General admission tickets cost $15, which Brown called a steal.

“It’s extremely important for us to keep this affordable,” Brown said. “If we went to Raleigh and did this festival, the ticket would not be $15.”

Brown’s Earth Plow Productions and the Clayton Mid-Day Rotary Club put on the event. A portion of proceeds go to Toys for Tots and the local Michael F. Smith Scholarship Fund.

For more information or to buy tickets, go to www.theshindigclayton.com.

Dunn: 919-553-7234, Ext. 104

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