2021 Performers TBA
2019 performers
  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! 
  Acoustic Syndicate

We are excited to announce that Acoustic Syndicate will be headlining the Art of Sound Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 28th! FREE on the outdoor stage! Acoustic Syndicate is a musical institution. Since 1994, their unique blend of bluegrass instruments, rock sensibilities, and conscious songwriting has inspired a generation of musicians. Through 7 albums, thousands of performances, and tens-of thousands of miles, Acoustic Syndicate has long been heralded as one of the important influences on the modern roots-music revival. Always a family affair, the band is fronted by Steve McMurry on guitar and vocals, and his cousin Bryon McMurry on banjo, guitar, and vocals. Their signature three-part harmony is rounded out by Bryon’s brother Fitz on drums and vocals. Jay Sanders holds down the bass with style, while dobro maestro Billy Cardine completes the quintet with his world-renowned tone and precision. “Their modern take on traditional bluegrass and rock values culminates in a glimmering, driving sound rich with acoustic textures and glowing vocals,” said Paul Kerr, of JamBase. If there was ever a band that could capture the universal truths of life from the roots up, it’s Acoustic Syndicate.

Dave Bonivtch

Dave Bonivtch is a retired airline pilot who has renewed his passion for music and performing in recent years. Playing in bands was a major part of his life growing up in South Florida. Now living in Shelby for over 21 years, Dave plays keyboard and sings solo with his own unique style and sound. He covers a wide range of genres, such as rock through many years, island music, Mo-town, and light country. The former Owl’s Eye Vineyard, the Dragonfly Wine Market, the Four Season’s (Ft. Mill, SC), and The Spinning Leaf are a few of the venues he has played. Dave’s goal is to excite the audience so they enjoy, smile, recognize the great songs and hopefully move their feet. This is his first appearance at the “Art of Sound” concert series.



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



Champagne Charlie

Champagne Charlie is a North Carolina acoustic duo devoted to performing jazz, blues, and country classics in a unique style they call Acoustic Swing.  Featuring Phil Ruff on vocals/rhythm guitar and Devin McEnnerney on lead guitar, the band effortlessly blends the traditional styles of American music, and delivers a unique and unforgettable performance of classic music that’s always in style. Ruff, a Rutherford County native, is an experienced vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, drummer, and producer with a decades long musical career, playing as a solo artist, as a guest artist with The Moody Brothers, as a member of Mama Said, among many others.  McEnnerney, also a native, was taught guitar by music legend Col. Gene Wyatt, and has played guitar with The Dowden Sisters Band, Bo Diddley Jr., Hard Times, and in orchestral ensembles for Rutherford County Arts Council theatrical productions, among others.

  Chris Feree & Medicine Crow

Sometime in late 2014, my collaborator, Brad Hord and I had just finished the recording of “The Invisible World” project. After 6 studio albums and several years composing film scores with Brad under the name CutshawKane, I had started to miss playing live and getting that personal reaction from the listener. I also wanted to keep things fresh by collaborating with some other local musicians. When time allowed, I started by getting together with high school friend and guitarist Mark Addington. It did not take long to start bouncing new musical ideas around and reworking songs from previously released CDs, making them more suitable for a planned 3 to 5 piece band. After months of practicing and writing a number of new instrumentals; as well as adding my oldest son Bryson Ferree on percussion, we had a set list that we thought was interesting enough to start booking a few local gigs. We settled on our group name and played a couple gigs as a 3 piece before adding Pedro Fraginals on electric guitar/bass. We finished out 2015 playing several more venues and festivals. The audience response was great and the positive feedback was encouraging. We took the winter off to regroup and see what we could do to improve our sound and the songs themselves. Over the next few months Pedro and I began writing new songs together. I think this process was successful in testing and stretching both of our songwriting and musical boundaries. Throughout 2016 and 2017, the line-up changed several times with different local musicians filling positions and experimenting, with our sound and song arrangements. Pedro and I continued writing new music and songs during this time period, first to keep things interesting for us live and second was coming up with a group of songs that would work together for an upcoming CD. We started recording our first self-titled CD in 2018 with the help of Bryan Powell of Wizard Tree Recordings. Our release date is set for spring of 2019 and will be my 7th release on Spirit Wind Records. We are currently playing live shows from Feb to Nov, sometimes as a duo or trio and others times as a 4 to 6 piece band. Dates will be posted on our website, Facebook and Instagram. Thank you ahead of time for your support and we hope to see you soon!

  Bradley Cloninger

Bradley Cloninger is the newest acoustic musician in the area playing new country to beach music.

  Dangerous Ways

Dangerous Ways, a true powerhouse trio, plays a wide variety of music. Ranging from classic rock and metal, to country and blues. Founded in 2017, the three men who came together to rock out, are a force to be reckoned with. JT Fitch, the former lead guitar player for Southern Experience and lead singer for Delozier, shreds and rips, while keeping his audience riding on a high. He has opened up for bands such as Bon Jovi and Poison as lead guitar player for the Michael Tracy band. James Matheny is on drums and percussion and he keeps this tight ship sailing smoothly. He has played with other local bands throughout the years, including Delozier, Triad, and Blues Underground. And last, yet certainly not least is Art Mauney on Bass. His art of perfection is unparalleled and as smooth as can be. He has played for several other bands including Bandanna, Peelers Mill Band, The Snake Handlers, and currently also plays with the Jeff Gates Band. With this triple threat, you might want to use caution. “Dangerous Ways” are surely ahead.

  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

  Derek McCoy Trio

Later in the afternoon the Derek McCoy 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.

  Jett Edwards & Friends

Born in Kings Mountain North Carolina, Jett grew up under the tutelage of his father, Hiawatha Edwards who was a well-known  gospel singer and for whom Jett recorded his first record as his father’s bassist at the age of 11 Edwards wrote his first hit song in U.S at the age of 14, on Philly Sound Records, Lonely Man. Re-Locating to LA , he was chosen by Ben Brown as (Jackson Records A&R Director) for The Jackson’s family label. Edwards carved out a name in the industry as the creator of Grunge Funk Bass in 1985 on his release “Shiver”, by The Jett Edwards Band soon after recorded by George Benson as his comeback hit (Kisses in The Moonlight Lp). Edwards has spent the past twenty four years abroad in Japan opening business opportunities and building bridges for many American companies currently operating throughout Asia. In 2009, he launched a nonprofit organization, Believers Today, which is a music outreach organization where he is now applying his business and creative acumen. Its main purpose is to uplift the hearts & souls of those in need due to disasters, various trauma and other unforeseen situations. Spiritually driven Edwards returned to his roots and begun his Gospel Music journey in Japan using music to embrace humanity and encourage people who were impacted by the 2011 Tsunami. Through Believers Today, he and others would visit the devastated areas of Tohoku, Ishinomaki, Fukushima, and many other surrounding areas and over twelve U.S. states encouraging all with the healing power of music.
For more details and to purchase music visit; www.believerstoday.org

  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. Instead of the recent foray into electric instruments, this session the band presents as an acoustic trio. Local guitarists, Tommy Forney and Justin Harper will be joined by keyboard, Melodica player and Native American flautist, Rodger Perry. Any music enthusiast should be pleased to hear Gypsy Swing:30 perpetuating the culture of Swing music over 75 years after its peak.

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Hank Cole Band

Hank Cole Band was formed to play original music. There are currently around sixty original songs that range from country to rock and several that defy a genre'. There are also about four more hours of cover songs that range between rock, country, blues and "Americana." These songs span sixty years of contemporary music of many types. The presentation of these songs are delivered electrically, acoustically or preferably by us, a combination of both. Our PA can accommodate anything from a small venue to a large outdoor setting.


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  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

  Josh Hudson

I am 38 years old...from Casar NC..been playing guitar since age 10..writing songs since age 16..my songs are reality based ideas about life..love..and the human condition...married..4 stepchildren.

  Mariah Van Kleef



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

  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

  Scott Moss and the $100 Handshakes

Scott Moss is a singer/songwriter from the iconic town of Shelby, NC--a town known for championship high school football and as the birthplace of Earl Scruggs. Scott’s music tells the story of growing up in this all-American town with a striking and gritty honesty. Throughout the 2000s, Scott played with WNC favorites Moonshine Jenny and Evergreen until joining Big Daddy Love in 2012.  With BDL, Scott traveled most of the country with their mix of bluegrass, blues, southern-rock, and outlaw country.  From acoustic coffee houses to opening for Bob Seger in front of 10,000 people, Scott’s dynamic stage presence and easy-going nature create an engaging and genuine experience for the crowd. As you can see, Scott Moss has a compelling stage presence whether he’s working solo, duo or with a band.

  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.

  Betty Z. Taylor w/ Stephen Wallace

Her passion for music and Jesus Christ is evident in everything Betty Zane Taylor speaks, sings and does in life. She was a resident of Illinois but now resides in North Carolina. She recalls a time when she first felt the spiritual call in her heart to the music ministry. Betty Zane, as she is affectionately known, remembers: “I can recall when I was 13 years old, and I had to sing a solo—“Sweet Little Jesus Boy” at the high school Christmas concert, and I was in junior high. My music teacher, Mrs. Ruth Parks wanted to feature me on the solo, and I remember singing in that auditorium, the lights were turned off, and the spotlight was on me. It seemed like something else was happening to me—so much excitement and it was an out of this world experience, and this was a turning point in my life.” Betty Zane has sung at various churches and other events, such as military, college and university, faith-based agencies, Illinois Prison Systems, TCT Television Ministries, WDLM Moody Radio Station, the American Legion World Series ESPN and political events.

  The White Horse

We are a Hard rock/ Heavy metal band from Shelby, NC. We seek to inspire and share the good news while at the same time rocking your face off. Our name comes from Revelation 19:11 and represents our attitude towards music and our overall goal as a band, remaining faithful to God and true to Rock and Roll. We are THE WHITE HORSE! Members include: J D Biggers (Bass/Vocals), Orlan Biggers (Guitar/Vocals), Jake Long (Drums)


  Michael Tracy

Michael Tracy combines straightforward American Rock and Roll with poignant lyrical themes, reminiscent of Rock Singer/Songwriter idols like Tom Petty, Bob Seger, John Mellencamp, and Bruce Springsteen. He has released four studio albums, and together with his band has shared the stage with Bon Jovi (garnering him a featured article in Billboard Magazine), Poison, George Thorogood, Styx, Foreigner, Don Felder, Foghat, Marshall Tucker Band, Jefferson Starship, Dokken, and coming up in 2019 Michael is opening with acoustic sets for Bret Michaels & America. Michael released his latest album Still Got Soul (2017), recorded in Los Angeles with producer/co-writer Sahaj Ticotin. Michael's latest effort is his most ambitious yet, representing an artist who has clearly found his voice and a "lane" to call his own.


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.

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