Open Mic, November 6, 2014
“The best thing about the open mic night at the Arts Center is that every week we see at least one newcomer to the event. We get to meet at least one more talented local artist. It is so encouraging to know that the word is getting out about our weekly event because there are so many talented artists in this area. The Arts Center gives us a place to gather, share, and enjoy each other’s work,” said event co-host Taylor Hoch.
The audience at last Thursday’s open mic night at the Lincoln County Fayetteville Arts Center got to enjoy the music of newcomer Shirley Foster as well as a list full of regularly attending artists. “My friends and I have been reading about the event every week in the Elk Valley Times and we just had to come and check it out,” said Shirley Foster.
Co-host Ron Hackett, returning after two weeks off to recover from surgery, opened the show last week playing three jazz pieces on his guitar with percussionist Ron Adcock accompanying him.
At the Halloween Party version of the open mic night the week before, there were so many people on the list wanting to entertain the crowd that there just wasn’t time to get everyone on the stage. Singer/guitarist Gary Tipper had volunteered to be bumped to first on the list for last week’s show, so he followed Ron and played and sang three classic rock songs.
Next up was singer/songwriter Greg Mitchell accompanied on guitar by Ron Hackett. Greg sang three of his original country songs. Greg was followed by newcomer singer/songwriter Shirley Foster who played guitar and sang three of her original Americana style songs. After Shirley, Drew Tucker took the stage and played three jazz pieces. He was accompanied by Ron Hackett on guitar and Ron Adcock on percussion.
Co-host singer/songwriter/guitarist Taylor Hoch was up next. She and guitarist Jay Jernigan, accompanied by Ron Adcock on percussion, played three of Taylor’s original Americana songs including the song “One of These Days” that just that day had been released to radio stations worldwide as a single. Everyone wished her great success with getting radio play for the newly released song.
After the initial list, there was an encore round-robin giving all the artists a chance to play a few additional songs. Taylor closed the show for the evening, inviting all the artists who wished to join her in a jam session of her American songs to join her on the stage.
Photos courtesy of Ron Hackett
Presentation of Songwriters and Musicians Benefit check to Hands of Mercy
Greg Mitchell, Tina Sloan, and Ron Hackett
Ron Hackett and Ron Adcock
Greg Mitchell and Ron Hackett
Drew Tucker, Ron Hackett, and Ron Adcock
Jay Jernigan, Taylor Hoch, and Ron Adcock