Open Mic, April 16, 2015
You Just Need the Right People
Springtime and warmer weather have taken a toll on attendance, but the Lincoln County Performing Arts Association’s weekly open mic at the Arts Center keeps going. Singer and guitarist Robert Foster opened the 24th show with an extended set of his favorite songs. Next, Drew Tucker sang a couple of songs while accompanying himself on a nylon string guitar. Because of the small audience and intimate atmosphere, Drew opted to play from a couch instead of the stage.
Singer/songwriter Greg Mitchell came next accompanied by Ron Hackett on guitar. Greg and Ron performed Greg’s latest tune, a reggae inspired tune, named Forever, about as a girl and the beach. They finished their set with three more of Greg’s Buffett-esque styled beach songs.
The show’s host, Ron Hackett, performed next and played three instrumental tunes on his acoustic guitar. Ron’s regular co-host, Taylor Hoch, had projects to finish for her college classes and could not attend this week.
Rose Pyatt, a regular performer at the open mic, arrived a little late and played next. Rose performed an extended set of her original songs. She ended her set with a little audience participation.
As the evening progressed, Robert, Drew, Rose and Ron sat in a semicircle on the Arts Center couches and took turns playing and singing. Because the group was so small, they abandoned the sound system and performed acoustically from the couches. Even Ron, who normally sticks to playing instrumentals, was inspired to sing a few songs.
“We had a wonderful evening, and it just goes to show that you don’t need a lot of people to have a lot of fun. You just need the right people,” said Ron.
Photos courtesy of Ron Hackett