2018 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! 
   
   
  Blues Dream

Blues Dream consists of Jesse Towery on vocals, her cousin Corey Brackett on guitar, and Chyenne White on bass and violin. They play everything from Chris Stapleton and Dolly Parton, to Marilyn Manson and Maroon 5, to Bob Marley and Sublime. They are based out of Lawndale, NC and are all products of the Burns High School Music Department.

   
   
  The Butterbeans

Taking their name from the popular Southern staple, acoustic folk group Butterbeans is comprised of pickin’ buddies Mary Ervin, David Williams, and their new friend and band mate Jon Dana. A product of their experiences and musical influences, they like to call their style “toe-tapping porch music”. Bringing down-home vocal harmonies, fiddle, banjo, bass, guitar, and harmonica, Butterbeans plays a broad variety of Americana styles and traditional fiddle tunes. Come tap awhile….Or get up and shake a leg! Facebook page

   
   

 

Calvin Edwards Trio

Calvin Edwards is an international artist, accomplished musician, vocalist, songwriter and producer.  He has created his own sound that in itself is a task to overcome. He was born in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. At the age of six, he began to play the guitar. His father, a well-known songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist was on the gospel music scene, and his mother helped to shape his career. At 17, he joined the famous Gospel group, The Five Blind Boys of Alabama. He played with them for many years, and then moved to L.A. to play in his brother’s band, The Jett Edwards Band.  They recorded two albums together, and Mr. George Benson recorded one of the song. Currently, Mr. Edwards live in Charlotte NC and travels the Southeast, performing with his band, The Calvin Edwards Trio. Facebook page

 
 
  Caleb Lail

Pick your favorite folk singer and cross them with that one late 90’s emo song you still have on your iPhone, and you get something that sounds kind of like Caleb Lail. Reared on rock ballads, folksy protest songs and lo-fi hip hop, Caleb is a reader’s musician, interested in meaningful lyrics and passionate performances. You won’t find a song devoid of spiritual yearning, political bite, and goofy self-satire. Caleb has been writing and performing for over six years, with a novel and a handful of records to their name. Caleb is currently seeking degrees in English and Music at Limestone College. They live with their family in North Carolina and has this really mean cat they like to pick on. Facebook page

 
 
  Coming Up Brass

Coming Up Brass (CUB) is a 10 member Variety and Party Band.  CUB has performed in the Southeast since 1991 at festivals, reunions, parties, and wedding receptions.  With 4 horns, CUB offers song selections in the tradition of the horn bands of the 70's and 80's, but also gives a big sound to Beach, R&B, Motown, Rock, and Pop (you might even hear a little country).  Besides CUB's vast variety of songs,  we offer live music with no sequencing!!  That's right folks every note is produced live on stage for your enjoyment. Facebook page

 
 
  The Dancing Fleas  

The Dancing Fleas are an 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." Facebook page

 
 
  Gypsy Swing:30

The spirit of jazz lives on in Cleveland County. Nurtured from the roots of Ray Ledford's swing arrangements, Gypsy Swing:30 has leaned toward a particular style known as "Hot Club Jazz" reminiscent of early 20th century Parisian musician, Django Reinhardt. With electric guitars instead of traditional acoustic instruments an additional eclectic vibe of great variety, including original compositions, has been added. Local guitarists, Tommy Forney and Justin Harper will be joined by Joe Hindsley on drums and keyboard and melodica player and Native American flautist, Rodger Perry. Together, this group offers danceable, familiar tunes from the American Songbook, jazz from different eras, blues, rock, and Americana. Any music enthusiast should be pleased to hear Gypsy Swing:30 perpetuating the culture of Swing music over 75 years after its peak. Facebook page

 
     
 

Gypsy Appalachia Caravan

The Sundance Piper, Rodger Perry, and SongHarper, Justin Harper, present a style of music inspired by the Appalachian Mountains as they transcend cultures and evoke moods from meditative Native American flute sounds, flamenco dance, and Vedic melodies presented on traditional Appalachian instruments. You will also encounter two unique instruments made by luthier, Clyde Buchannan from Black Mountain, NC: the Dulsitar and the Gordimer. Prepare yourself for a soul journey through the cosmos as you ride the Gypsy Appalchia Caravan to a destination where cultures intertwine and boundaries disappear.

   
 
  Jeff Gates Band  

To categorize Jeff Gates’ music would be like choosing one color to describe an entire range of mountains. Jeff has written and performed volumes of tunes that run the gamut from good ol’ back porch blues to 80’s hair band rock. His two latest CDs, ‘You Make Me’ (2011) and ‘Colorblind Blues’ (2012), mix funky blues with pop rock. From an early age, Jeff knew that he wanted to play music, and because of his drive and determination, has done just that. Jeff is a musician…not just someone who plays in a band occasionally, but a true musician. As the owner of a recording studio, he can usually be found recording a band, teaching his students, or writing his own music. When he is not in the studio, Jeff is performing; entertaining audiences with his brilliance on the guitar and his amusing banter on the mic. His guitar style has been compared to Hendrix, Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and his voice likened to the raspy sounds of Bob Seger and Bryan Adams.  Jeff’s style may bring to mind these other musicians, but his original songs and his passion for music set him aside as a one-of-a-kind. There certainly is a wealth of talent contained in this enthusiastic individual. Facebook page

 
 
  Kale Ministries

Jalisa Kale is a local worship leader right here in Shelby, NC where she currently leads the worship team at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. God began stirring up the gift of actually understanding what worship was, and as Jalisa transitioned back to Shelby, NC in 2011, He placed her in a place of worship where she was/is spiritually growing and strengthened through the sound teaching and preaching under the leadership of none other than Dr. M. Lamont Littlejohn, Servant/Pastor/Teacher. She has been a member of Mt. Calvary since 2011. In February 2015 Jalisa released her first single entitled ‘Reach’ to all digital outlets. Jalisa has been able to use: God’s guidance, her newfound teaching methodologies, knowledge of the Word of God, and her understanding of worship in order to facilitate worship workshops at various conferences/retreats and hopes to continue sharing this understanding with various music ministries and worship leaders in the community. Facebook page

   
   
  Kevin Scanlon

Original music inspired by old time, bluegrass, celtic, folk & old country. Singing, Banjo, Guitar, & Harmonica. New songs & old classics. Youtube channel

 
   
  Derek McCoy Jazz Trio

Later in the afternoon the Derek McCoy Jazz Trio featuring Derek, Jon Guarriello, and Nikao Wallace will  bring their collective experience with a wide variety of music such as R&B, Funk, Blues and Rock to the table as they use classic Jazz and Fusion compositions as vehicles for exciting group improvisation.

   
   
  Pistol Hill

In just a few years Pistol has written well over 500 songs, won two songwriting awards, and has had the pleasure to open up for the likes of Edwin McCain, Travis Tritt, David Cook, Richard Marx, James Otto and many, many more. On his own bills Pistol is playing close to 200 shows a year across the North and South Carolina region. Pistol Hill is an independent country artist who grew up in Shelby. Growing up in an area known for its bluegrass and Appalachian rock, Pistol saw many musicians around him fall in love with the nature of the local genre. Despite the trends in the area, Pistol’s heart and ear pulled him elsewhere. Pistol was immediately drawn to create new things. After two years of writing and playing Pistol began performing his originals at local venues. Pistol Hill is evolving into a solid independent country music artist. Join Pistol Hill and the Creative Pistol Team in taking this music to the next level. listen here

   
   
  Paloma

Paloma is an 18 year old young lady that hails from Kings Mountain, NC. She started singing at 1 ½ years old (making up songs in her car seat when travelling anywhere), started playing bass at 8 years old, and has also learned guitar, piano, and drums playing in her family band.  She began her solo career 3 years ago at the Dragonfly Wine Market in uptown Shelby.  She graduated KM High with Honors, and is currently part of the Honors Program at ELON University where she is double majoring in Engineering and Music Production.  Paloma has a captivating style and eclectic choice of music across several genres.  She loves any music with feeling, and covers artists such as Etta James, Sinatra, the Beatles, Elton John, Pink Floyd, the Cranberries and Adele, and performs a handful of soulful originals as well. Youtube

   
   
  Pam Taylor

Pam is an American roots musician born and bred in the South, well versed in the blues. Her debut album Hot Mess hit #1 on the Roots Music Report, #3 on Sirius XM BB Kings Bluesville and #25 on The Living Blues charts, making a name for herself in the blues world. When her band broke up in 2014 she was mentored on guitar by the legendary blues woman, Debbie Davies. She then formed roots duo, Stolen Hearts and released an album called Dirty Southern Soul in 2015. Now she is back in the studio recording her next solo album. Although she has many awards and nominations under her belt she finds the most rewarding aspect of her career to be the impact her music has on people. After earning the right to sing the blues, by overcoming addiction, depression and physical ailments, she serves up a positive message along with her music; Knowing how it healed her, she plans to carry this message to others in hopes it will heal them too. Facebook page

   
   
  Resonant Rogues

The Resonant Rogues, based out of Asheville, NC, is the songwriting soul child of partners Sparrow and Keith J. Smith. With influences that include Appalachian old-time, Balkan folk music, Swing Manouche, and early New Orleans Jazz, they take their favorite flavors and blend them into a delicious, danceable dish. The Resonant Rogues have toured relentlessly over their 5 year history, covering most of North America and Europe. Their latest record, Hands in the Dirt, landed at #18 on the Roots Music Report’s U.S. Top Folk Album Chart. Facebook page

   
   
  Roadside Alice

Roadside Alice is a group of musicians from Western NC who have played with each other on/off for around 20 years. Guess you can just call us "Rock and Roll" because we don't fit any specific sub-category! Facebook page

   
   
  Wiregrass

Bluegrass. That's what brought this group together but it's not all we do. We all have different influences and it just seems to be a lot more fun when ya just play what ya feel. So as not to confuse you...we just play whatever feels right
This band consists of:
Brad Davis, Bass,guitar and vocals
Jeremy Greene, Mandolin,guitar and vocals
Jamey Harrison, Guitar,bass and vocals
Scott Lail, Dobro, Banjo, Guitar and vocals
Tyler Leonard, Guitar and vocals
Facebook page

   
   
  Yesterday

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. Facebook page

 
   
  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 and will have fun family friendly games, food vendors, chalk, face painting and more. All FREE.

   
   
  Preschool Musical Experience
 

This FREE interactive musical event for children from birth to age 5 is part of the Art of Sound Music Festival. Parents and children are invited to join the fun on the Court House lawn. FREE, 2:15pm.

After that please enjoy Sidewalk chalk, henna art, face painting, games, bubbles, and rock painting! Plus food and drinks! Bring a picnic blanket or chairs and enjoy the free music and fun all day. There will be something for everyone!

 
   
 

 
 
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