More than a dozen artists and groups – most of them local – will be featured in the 12th Annual Art of Sound Sept. 18-20.
Not your typical music festival, The Art of Sound, which is sponsored by the Cleveland County Arts Council, is more like a weekend concert series. This year the festival’s emphasis is on “Listen Local” borrowing from the merchants’ “Shop Local” theme.
“This is a chance to support the local groups and the Arts Council,” said Shearra Miller, Arts Council President. “We want people to recognize some of the talent that we have in the area. And we have a few out-of-town groups this year to give people something new to listen to.”
Most of the performances will be held inside at the Arts Center, 111 S. Washington St., and the Don Gibson Theatre, 318 S. Washington St., Shelby.
The festival begins Thursday evening at the Arts Center with a walk down memory lane. 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. Tickets for this performance include heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by NiFen Bistro and an open dance floor.
Friday begins with Heritage Bridge Award
Friday night the celebration begins at 6:30 p.m., as the 2014 Heritage Bridge Award will be presented to David E. Wilson. This award is given to recognize those who, over a career or a life-time, have contributed extraordinarily to the musical fabric of our county and our area.
Wilson will be honored for his contributions to the local music community as well as for his perseverance and commitment to supporting and creating music. Diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2008, Wilson has remained active in the music community and successfully written and recorded his own original music with the assistance of the latest technology. A life-long music aficionado and a Rock-N-Roller at heart, Wilson’s passion for music is evident to all who know and love him.
Described by his friends and fellow musicians as “kind, talented and humble,” Wilson is known for his great sense of humor and giving spirit. In the last five years, Wilson and his hard-working friends and family have touched hundreds of lives through an annual fundraiser called “Pass the Gift.” The event raises money each year for Wilson and other families affected by a devastating illness. This year’s event is Sept. 13 and Wilson will share proceeds with Violet and Brian Dukes. Earlier this year after the birth of their first child, Brian was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. It’s a disorder that causes the body’s immune system to attack its nerves. And it has no cure.
Friday’s musical groups
After the presentation, the music begins as local group, The Fat Sparrows, take the stage. The Fat Sparrows are: Brandon Garlock (vocals, guitar), Bill Ewing (bass), Eric Kimbrell (drums, vocals), and Donnie Deaton (lead guitar) who like to play all-original folk rock/alternative music.
Next up on Friday will be The Old Ceremony. With nine years of touring the United States, Canada and Europe and six albums under their belt, the Durham-Chapel Hill band has built a large and loyal following.
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 one of the eating establishments in uptown Shelby.
“We are encouraging people to eat and drink local while they are listening to local music,” Miller said. “And the restaurants are offering discounts to people who purchase a Full Festival Pass.”
Several restaurants will feature local musicians as part of the Art of Sound. Newt’s Pub Burgers will have its open mic night; Al Dunkleman will be playing at Lily Bean Micro-roasted Coffee; Hayne Coleman will perform at Dragonfly Wine Market; Eddie Cook will be playing guitar at Ni Fen Bistro; and The Paris Thieves will finish out the night at Pleasant City Wood Fired Grille.
Saturday’s lineup features ‘Star Stage’
Saturday morning the Arts Center will open with the sounds of student choirs and bands. These free performances will showcase talented younger musicians. Also this year, in conjunction with the Shelby Star’s 120th Anniversary Celebration, the student choirs will perform on the “Star Stage” outside The Star offices, 315 E. Graham St., Shelby.
The musical fun continues Saturday with the return of the drum circle facilitated by Justin Harper and held on the courthouse lawn. It is open to anyone with some kind of hand drum or any kind of percussion instrument. Children and adults are invited to join in the fun at 4 p.m. on the courtsquare across from the Arts Council.
After the Drum Circle, cross Washington Street to the Arts Council and listen to the sounds of Lilly Tallent – a dash of Appalachian hippie and a splash of West Lincoln Rebel rounded out by an independent cowgirl free spirit. Tallent carries with her an unbridled empathy everywhere she goes and for everyone she meets.
The Sloantones, a progressive Bluegrass Mountain Rock band, will perform next. The group consists of Jonathan Sloan, Steven Poteat, Trent Hoyle, Kevin Newton and Randy Saxon.
Next up is The Isaac Haze, a free form funk-jam group at its finest. Their soul stirring improvisational takes on classics and “get loose grooves.” Haze is made up of Rush Padgett, Madison Strickland, Adam Anthony, Mack Curtiss and Todd Yelton.
Also performing will be Radio Zero, a group that incorporates a mixture of rock and hard hitting rhythms full of high energy. This group of local musicians features James Gould, Allen Keever, Casey Hyder and powerhouse vocalist Cody Jones.
Finishing up the night at the Arts Council is Dirty Grass Soul, formed in late 2011, when front man Kevin Dedmon and Nick Patterson decided to turn their classic campfire jam sessions into a full on band. With the addition of Lance Watson and Drew Stallings to the group, the various musical styles each artist brought to the table meshed instantly.
Saturday night at the Don Gibson Theatre features Marc Brussard, an American singer-songwriter. His style is best described as “Bayou Soul,” a mix of funk, blues, R&B, rock, and pop, matched with distinct Southern roots. In his career, he has released five studio albums, one live album, three EPs, and has charted twice on Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks. Joining Brussard will be Mingo Fishtrap, a funk sound with horn fueled Motown pop and Andy Suzuki, an independent NYC-based band.
Want to go?
Tickets for the Art of Sound are:
Thursday night – $10 (includes heavy hors d’oeuvres)
Friday night – $10
Saturday – $15
Full Festival Pass – $30 – includes admission to all performances at the Arts Center and the Don Gibson Theatre and special discounts at local restaurants.
For more information and a full description of each performer, visitwww.artofsoundcc.com or call 704-484-2787. Tickets are available online or by phone.