Open Mic, February 5, 2015
“We had a full house again last week! Fourteen performers as well as a large audience of non-performers braved the cold last Thursday night to attend our weekly open mic at the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Arts Center,” said co-host Taylor Hoch. “It is really wonderful how our community of artists and people who enjoy the arts grows every week!”
Co-host Ron Hackett opened the show with a set of jazz standards. Ron led the trio playing guitar and he was accompanied by Ron Adcock on percussion and Josh Passon on bass. Following Ron was a newcomer to the open mic named John Gillette. John sang two songs, and since he didn’t play an instrument Ron Hackett stepped up to play his guitar as accompaniment for John on his first song. Robert Foster, a regular at open mic night, stepped up to play accompaniment for John’s second song. “We want to encourage everyone who has an interest in the performing arts to come and participate, so even if they are a singer who doesn’t play their own accompaniment we try to match them up with a musician who can play it for them. It really helps us out if the singer lets us know ahead of time via our website what they will be singing, so that we can give the musician who will accompany them time to practice their requested songs,” said co-host Ron Hackett.
Robert Foster was next up and he played and sang three classic Americana/country songs. Jay Jernigan followed Robert, and in a departure from his usual gig as sideman for co-host Taylor Hoch, Jay played two jazz instrumentals on electric guitar. Singer/songwriter Zack Huitt, another regular at the open mic, was next. Zack played two alternative covers and then one of his own alternative compositions. Singer/songwriter Rose Pyatt, also a regular attendee and performer at the open mic night, followed Zack, and she played three of her contemporary Christian songs.
The local band Old Nick and the Gypsies was next, so while the show’s hosts got the stage ready for a full band, the audience enjoyed mingling and nibbling on some of the wonderful food that the regular attendees always bring to the show. “The venue here is set up to be comfortable, like a get together held in someone’s living room. Every week we put out some kind of food to add to that ambiance and lots of our performers and guests also bring snacks to share. It helps us to create a wonderful environment of community and camaraderie for all who attend,” said co-host Taylor Hoch.
Old Nick and the Gypsies were represented last week by singer/songwriter Kameron Jones on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Sarah Weeks on keyboard and back-up vocals, Josh Passon on bass and back-up vocals, Zack Huitt on percussion, and Austin Brent on lead guitar. The Gypsies played three of Kameron’s original Americana songs.
Sarah Weeks stayed on stage after the Gypsies set to play a solo set. She played and sang her original interpretation of three contemporary classics. Next up was Tristan "Tree" Hepe another open mic night regular. Tree played and sang three alternative style songs. He was followed by Gary Tipper who played and sang three classic rock favorites.
Co-host Taylor Hoch and her sideman Jay Jernigan were up next and they played a few of Taylor’s original Americana songs. With a little time left on the clock, Taylor invited all the musicians to join her on the stage for a jam session. They played a couple of Americana songs and then ended the night with Sarah Weeks and Taylor Hoch singing a duet to a jazz version of Over The Rainbow played by Ron Hackett, and Sarah singing a reprise of the jazz favorite Girl from Ipanema that Ron Hackett had played in his jazz set at the beginning of the show.
Photos courtesy of Ron Hackett
John Gillette and Robert Foster
Josh Passon and Rose Pyatt
Josh Passon, Rose Pyatt, and Ron Adcock
Old Nick and the Gypsies:
Josh Passon, Sarah Weeks, Kameron Jones, Austin Brent, and Zack Huitt
Zack Juitt and Austin Brent
Tristan "Tree" Hepe
Gary Tipper and Ron Adcock
Jay Jernigan and Taylor Hoch
Jay Jernigan and Taylor Hoch at the Art Center