2016 Performers (subject to change)
  Frank Love Orchestra
The Frank Love Orchestra is an Art of Sound tradition playing hits from the big band era featuring classics from composers such as Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller. This performance includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and an open dance floor. Food and dancing! 
  Taylor Allen & Luke McCollum

Taylor Allen (guitar/noise) and Luke McCollum (drums/noise) have been playing music around Shelby and otherwise for three years together, and separately for the better part of their collective 50 years. Citing such influences as Ghost, Ceramic Dog, KMD, Soulquarians, Wayne Tsetse and Neil Young the duo looks forward to sharing their newest experimental iteration with the Art of Sound community.

  John Brackett

John Clayton Brackett is a singer songwriter and Cleveland County native. His music can be best described as Americana roots / country blues. He has been writing music and performing for over 40 years.

  Buck Shoals

Buck Shoals defies categorization. Band members Drew Spencer, Marco Taveras, Matt Neely, Tripp Hammett and Dalton Guest met, and are currently enrolled in, the music program at USC Upstate, where they are learning to hone their craft while submerging themselves in musical diversity. During a Buck Shoals performance, the audience should expect both vocal and guitar harmonies, intricate rhythmic structuring, and improvisation
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Chris Ferree & Medicine Crow

Chris Ferree and Medicine Crow, will offer a combination of strong traditional Native American flute, drums and percussion, fused with contemporary instruments and various ethnic sounds.



Haggard Dolly

The Cleveland County band members are father and daughters, Gene and Jennifer Cox and Erin Farrington with Tommy Forney. Lead vocals are mostly Erin but all members sing harmony and solo. Gene Cox writes original songs and other material is from a wide range of sources from Traditional, Bluegrass, Newgrass, with Contemporary and Soul influences. Haggard Dolly has played the Dragonfly Wine Market in Shelby, "Mush, music and Mutts Festival", and the Aldersgate Church Apple Butter Festival. 

  Gypsy Swing:30

Justin Harper and Tommy Forney met a few years ago about the time Justin hosted open mics and began collaborating off and on. They both developed a love for swing and especially the “Hot Club” or “Gypsy Jazz” of Django Reinhardt and others from the 1930's and beyond. Justin has an extensive musical background including a degree in music and teaches in public schools. He's played solo and in several bands. Tommy's greatest musical influence was his friend and neighbor, Ray Ledford, a virtuoso guitar player in many idioms but one of Ray's very biggest influences was Django. Tommy also has studied swing and Gypsy Jazz with several well-known instructors at the Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College. The two have played together in Shelby's “Swing:30”, playing standards of the American Songbook. They look forward to some energizing music in the Hot Club style.

  Sam Havens

Sam Havens, is an acclaimed Flamenco guitarist and blues artist. Since 1974, Sam Havens has been entertaining audiences with his guitar playing skills.

  Charlie King

Charlie King is a singer/songwriter Americana/indie guitarist from Charlotte. Listening to Charlie’s music is like an invitation home...or a slow exhale...or a friend you can be silent with. Honest. Authentic. Satisfying. As for the songs themselves, think sage wisdom wrapped in catchy melodies.
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Lucky Punch

Lucky Punch incorporates a mixture of rock and hard hitting rhythms full of high energy. This group of local musicians, James Gould, Allen Keever, Casey Hyder and powerhouse vocalist Cody Jones will wake you up and get you on your feet.

  Poetry Reading

Any and all poets are encouraged to attend and to present your own original poetry.

David Poston will be serving as em-cee. A sign-up sheet will be available at 5:45 for 5 minute reading slots.

Please share this opportunity with anyone whom you think might be interested in reading and/or listening to some fine poetry. Those of you who attended last year will remember what a great time we had, and those of you who did not can help us make it an even better event this year.

Please keep this in mind if you plan to read:
This is a time to share original, poetic work presented by the authors of that work. We encourage freedom of speech and value creativity, but this event is open to a general audience, which may include minors, and we do not want anyone to feel excluded, needlessly offended, or unfairly attacked. Although some poems may deal with mature or provocative subject matter, this is not a religious or political forum or a place for stand-up comedy, pornography, obscenities, or personal rants.  We want to provide a receptive, supportive audience as you share with other poets and lovers of poetry. You may not always agree with a poet’s point of view, but we expect you to show respect to the poet and the poem.

  Pistol Hill

Pistol Hill and Derek McCoy. Pistol has been writing music since he was 12 years old. His early music is self-described as 'Outta tune rock and roll'. While his roots stem from Southern rock and roll, Pistol grew fond of Red dirt country in his early youth. Derek McCoy has been playing guitar for over 25 years after falling in love with the instrument at age 11. After years of playing in bands in North Carolina he moved to Atlanta Georgia to attend the Atlanta Institute of Music where he developed a deep love of jazz and improvisational music. He has spent the last 15 years in Georgia playing with a wide variety of groups including a 12-piece funk band, countless jazz combos, R&B, Rock Cover bands and many more.
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  Spirits of the Poor House

Spirits of the Poor House is a four piece soul funk group, comprised of veteran musicians Trent Hoyle, Kevin Newton, Richard Martin and Drew Stallings. With emphasis on creating and performing original compositions, these Spirits are guaranteed to make you groove from start to finish. When your heart is heavy and life has got you low The Spirits will be there to uplift your soul.
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  Lily Tallent

Lily Tallent, a dash of Appalachian hippie, a splash of West Lincoln Rebel rounded out by an independent cowgirl free spirit, one can tell where Lily’s priorities lie. She carries with her an unbridled empathy everywhere she goes and for everyone she meets.

  The Abby Elmore Band

The Abbey Elmore Band, fronted by Abbey Elmore, is a cross between modern day pop and old rock and roll, giving the band a very unique alternative sound. Other members of the band include Tyler Tullis, Nick Wells, and Donnie Elmore.
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  The Dancing Fleas

The Dancing Fleas are a 4-8 piece performing group from Shelby, North Carolina. They bring to the stage a heap of energy, singalong choruses, the occasional blistering kazoo solo, and their own brand of zany fun - played on ukuleles! Expect a variety of tunes, from jazz standards to pop hits, classic country to underground gems. Joe Kendrick, DJ and Program Director for WNCW, has called The Dancing Fleas "the cure for lethargy." Members planning to play art of sound: Jason Lineberger, Galaxy Lineberger, Perry Anthony, Beth Lowe, Laura Wheeler, and Jeff Hamilton.
  The Go-Teez

The Go-Teez, a Cleveland County band filled with music industry veterans, playing the finest in Rock, Blues and Outlaw country from SRV to Haggard. The group consists of Bryan Pearson, Donnie Deaton, Donnie Camp, Bryan Hudson, and Art Mauney.

  The Grassabillies

The Grassabillies are Luke Edwards, Randy Saxon and Robbie Helton, a musical group of family and friends, who play bluegrass music with no rules and no apologies. They have high energy shows with acoustic music and vocals and playing different styles of music with a bluegrass twist. Get ready cause here come the Grassabillies!

  The Southern Experience Band

The Southern Experience Band is a Cleveland County based Kick Ass Country Rock band. Their eclectic tastes and desire to be challenged have propelled them to create a fresh and energetic musical experience. The stories told are based on real observations of life in the south. The band’s live performances are fun and engaging and the icing on the performance cake is very tight four part harmonies. The members are Ron Humphries, Nikao Wallace, JT Fitch and Scott Sanders.
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  Mariah Van Kleef

Mariah van Kleef, a self-taught singer/songwriter, who associates with multiple genres, including indie, bossa-nova, folk, blues, and vintage tunes will take the stage. Mariah started playing music at the age of 10, after Doc Watson turned her little fingers over inside of his and told her she had the hands of a musician. She's since played extensively across the Carolinas, winning songwriter awards along the way.
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  Ashley Wineland

CMT artist Ashley Wineland is leaving an impression on everybody with whom she crosses paths. The teenager from Glendale, Arizona brings a high-energy performance peppered with both her original compositions and covers of some popular favorites; mixing her “old school” Country roots with today’s modern sounds—which explains her appeal to audiences of all ages and musical tastes.
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Yesterday, comprised of Dee Campbell, Chandler Carrigan and Greg Tillman who have been playing together for several years throughout western North Carolina. Their philosophy, good music never gets old, and never goes out of style explains their musical selections. While they tend to concentrate on the music of the 70s, they also touch on 60s favorites. The 80s aren't ignored either. Actually, truth be told, you might hear anything.

  Saturday on the Court Square

Saturday morning Uptown Shelby comes alive with the sounds of student choirs and bands on the outdoor stage on Washington St. These free performances will showcase some of our talented younger musicians.

  Preschool Musical Experience

The Cleveland Memorial Library will host a musical event for children from birth to age 5. Parents and children are invited to join the fun on the Court House lawn.

  Community Drum Circle
The musical fun continues with the return of the drum circle facilitated by Justin Song Harper and is open to anyone with some kind of hand drum or any kind of percussion instrument. This informal gathering offers equality in talent and knowledge because there is no real beginning or end. The main objective is to share the common rhythm and to get in tune with others and yourself. It is fun, self-fulfilling, rewarding and it is a great reliever of stress! Children and adults are invited to join in the fun on the Court Square. Drum circles have become the heartbeat of many places and organizations. It is a great way to be a part of a group that is all in harmony with each other, even if it is only for a little while, it’s a great thing!

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