Sunday, March 07, 2010

Clay Aiken Fans Await Cluben Tour

TOGETHER AGAIN - The voices and personalities of Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard are an entertaining combo. Collage by Fountaindawg.

2010 Cluben Tour

Clay, Ruben Reunion on Tap

Since last week's discovery of two Clay Aiken-Ruben Studdard concert dates, fan boards have been buzzing about a reunion of the American Idol Season 2 finalists and friends with a 2010 summer tour already dubbed "The Cluben."

That ... and "It's About Damn Time"!

"An Evening with Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard" is currently slated for July 21 on the South Lawn at Biltmore Estates and August 6 at the Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater. Meanwhile, super sleuths in both fan clubs are keeping a watchful eye for additional dates.

Concert goers can expect an entertaining evening as two talented friends blend their mellow voices and the special chemistry they share on and off stage. The Asheville Citizen-Times announcement, From Aiken to Gaither, promises something for everyone in the summer's expanded concert season:

The Biltmore Estate has announced its 2010 expanded concert season, which includes shows by Oscar-winning singer-songwriter Christopher Cross, the Steve Miller Band, gospel superstars the Gaither Vocal Band and return shows by singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter and "American Idol" runner-up and N.C. native Clay Aiken.

Aiken will be joined by the man who bested him on "Idol," Ruben Studdard, for a July show.

Tickets for the Biltmore concert will go on sale Tuesday, April 6, at 8 a.m. EST.

Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater

Chautauqua Venue Sets Concert

Listed under Popular Entertainment at the Chautauqua Institution website, "An Evening with Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard" is set for 8:15 p.m. August 6 in the 5,000-seat, open-air amphitheater:

Two "American Idol" legends join forces for this special tour. In 2003, on the second season, with over 24 million votes cast by the TV viewing audience, Ruben Studdard won the title, while Clay Aiken was the very close runner up.

Both artists have released albums, performed around the country and made multiple appearances on TV. Clay Aiken has become the biggest selling male artist the show has ever featured.

The venue fills on a first-come (festival seating) basis, and preferred seating is available. Concert tickets are listed at $37 with online and telephone purchasing options here.

Inspired by the week's concert news, graphic artist Fountaindawg created the following designs, a clickable of the opening collage in regular and wide screen versions (1, 3) and a map of the possible Cluben Tour.

'Here They Come Again'

Interested persons should check the official websites of both singers: Clayonline and Ruben Studdard. At Ruben's corner, you are greeted with "Together," the lead track from his Love IS album.

CA fans have fond memories from Singer Man's 2007 Soft Rock Hard Place tour in which he casually made his way to the stage while singing the show's opening number, "Here You Come Again" from his A Thousand Different Ways album.

Some nights the stroll to the stage happened on cue, and other nights were filled with surprises for Clay and the audience. The unexpected turns of the concert entrance are played out in a video compiled by goldarngirl and luckiest1.

The talented duo have created concert montages from several CA tours that can be downloaded at their Goldarngirl & Luckiest1 Productions website.

'Here You Come Again' concert montage
from SRHP Canandaigua performance.

As more tour dates are revealed, they will appear in this blog. The Cluben theme song could easily be "Here They come Again."

Have an awesome week, Clay Nation!



Anonymous said...

Hi Caro,

Oh My Goodness, I am so excited to go to a "2010 Cluben" Concert. It is going to be so awesome to see Clay and Ruben entertain us again. Now to see where else they are going to be.

Thanks again for keeping us all up to date as to what is happening in the ClayNation......You Are The Best!!

Hope it is warming up in your area, it sure is here, the 50's most of the week! Yeah!!


claysweetea said...

What happened to the "Its About Damn Time" concert title?

T said...

Hi Caro. So many things that I've missed out and what great news -- really happy to see the Cluben tour. That's so wonderful!

Great blog Caro! The graphics of Clay and Ruben build-up to the excitement. Beautiful montage as well.

I miss you & your blogs. Hopefully with my busy schedule, I will get the opportunity to experience these special moments.

Thanks so much Caro -- you're the BEST!



liney23 said...

Caro, I had not see video of Clay's entro where he walked and walked and ran and walked. LOL I had heard of it, but never seen it. Thanks for posting it!

Anonymous said...

Caro, Always enjoy your blogs and your awesome job You do keeping Us up to date! I hope Clay tours more than 2 states. LIKE IN WI. Take care, Donna

Anonymous said...

Great news! I hope and wish both of them success and that they will have a sold out concerts.


Anonymous said...

WoooHoooo. All excited about the tour. Sure hope they come to Ohio. :)

Looks like this summer is going to be fun for all of us and new clack too. :)

Thank you Caro for helping us all keep up with up to date information. I would be lost without your blog.

Love you bunches ((((HUGS)))) Kathy/Aspiegirl

deyabird said...

This is going to be a great tour. I cannot wait. Clay and Ruben sound fantastic together.

MissSally said...

I'm delighted that Clay is touring with his good friend, Ruben; hope they come to my part of the country!