The schedule of Art of Sound provides music in two venues on Thursday and Friday evening. Both the First National Bank and the Arts Council building itself offer good spaces for musical performance, although sound in the Arts Council building left something to be desired. Particularly when offering acoustic music, it's quite useful to have sound technicians oriented to the sounds and volumes of acoustic instruments. Acoustic Instruments at the Arts Center tended to squeal escessively, distracting both musicians and listeners. Sound at the First National Bank, a quieter and more intimate venue was fine for the performances we attended there.
We focused on several bluegrass performances as well a a delightful Americana presentation and some of the best blues we've heard.
On Thursday evening, Al Dunkleman, a sociology instructor at Cleveland Community College led off with his easy to listen to singing of a combination of standards and songs he had written focusing on local events. Accompanied by his wife Kathy on vocals and Dr. Bobby Jones on mandolin, the performance was enjoyably tuneful. Dunkleman plays guitar, open-back banjo, and fiddle to accompnay his own singing, while Kathy's harmonies are good.