AOS is a music festival by and for lovers of the arts. It began as a local festival, and by word of mouth has grown into a respected regional event. AOS now attracts headliner acts from the national scene. In spite of being bigger and better, it retains its home town charm.
The Art of Sound is not your typical music “festival” in fact it almost has the feel of a weekend concert series. “This festival supports local musicians,” states Festival organizer Dr. Becky Love. “It’s a fundraiser for the Arts Council which allows us to CONTINUE to support local musicians. We have consistently booked and paid local artists so that our area can continue its heritage of producing excellent music.” Whatever you call it, you will hear great music with lots of fun. Most of the performances will be held inside at the Arts Center and the Don Gibson Theatre allowing attendees to enjoy some of their favorite musical acts in climate controlled comfort (and indoor plumbing!).
The festival is in uptown Shelby, N.C., the home of Earl Scruggs and Don Gibson. It is held on the historic court square and nestled in several venues that afford the listener an up-close experience with the artists. Jack Lawrence once said it reminded him of the European festivals he and Doc used to play. The venues are tucked away at a variety of indoor stages around the square. It is a crisp, cool, time of year, but you can enjoy in comfort regardless of the weather.
AOS prides itself on a presentation of a variety of traditional music styles. You might hear bluegrass or jazz then Cajun, county rock, or old time later. Like MerleFest, there are often spontaneous moments of improvisation in jam sessions you won’t hear elsewhere. Click here to view to the schedule.
The venues this year include the Arts Center and the Don Gibson Theatre on Washington Street plus several restaurants around Uptown Shelby.
New this year will be the Musical Stroll on Friday night. In an effort to not only support local musicians, the Arts Council encourages folks to dine at the many fine eating establishments in Uptown Shelby. Several will feature local musicians as part of the Art of Sound. These restaurants are also offering specials for those who purchase a Full Festival Pass.
Call the Cleveland County Arts Council at 704 484 2787 for more information.