Nobody brings you closer to today’s rising stars than Sound Checks.  We invite you to join the party, step on to the Clay Center stage, and enjoy the best music from local and national emerging artists.  Be a part of the scene at Sound Checks!

2019-2020 Season & Individual Shows
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Step out of your seat and on to the stage at Sound Checks!  Experience live music from local bands you love, while introducing yourself to emerging national acts!

Thank you to our season sponsors Roger L. Nicholson, Chris Blanchard, Encova, Charleston Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, Saluja Law!

This season marks five years of celebrating local musicians and emerging artists live on the Clay Center stage!  Sound Checks, originally titled Sound Check Sessions, has showcased the rising stars of the music industry for half a decade. 

The series, originally developed to give patrons a new experience at the Clay Center, has featured over 50 bands and performers from across the globe.  Guests have been able to truly step out of their seats in the Maier Foundation Performance Hall and on to the stage for an intimate, relaxed experience.

The series brings back some fan favorite Sound Checks performers as well as local musicians – some who will be taking the Clay Center stage for the first time!

Friday, January 24th | 8pm – Great Peacock with Tony Harrah
Spitting stories of love, loss and pain, Nashville’s Great Peacock⎯⎯ comprised of lead singer and guitarist Andrew Nelson, guitarist Blount Floyd, drummer Nick Recio and bass player Frank Keith IV ⎯⎯ challenge the very notion of genre, dismantling tradition and blurring the lines between rock ‘n roll, conventional folk music and true Americana. Having earned praise from Paste, the Nashville Scene, American Songwriter, No Depression, Relix and PopMatters, the band ignites a kind of unapologetic spark. As fixtures on the Southern festival circuit including Shakey Knees, they’ve shared stages with an abundance of equally-minded noise-makers, including Susto, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Dr. Dog, American Aquarium, Margo Price and Jonathan Tyler.