Open Mic, October 1, 2015
Strings Dominate Open Mic
Strings dominated the third performing arts show and open mic of the season as host Ron Hackett opened the show with a solo guitar rendition of Duke Ellington's Don't Get Around Much Anymore
. "Thanks to everyone for their concern during my mother's recent health crisis," said Hackett. "She back in physical therapy and should be going home in a few weeks."
After two more jazz solo instrumentals by Hackett, Robert Foster took his place on the stage. Foster, a John Prine fan, is a regular at the open mic. Foster played Paradise
and Hello in There
from his Prine repertoire.
String Trilogy débuted at the open mic this week. This local trio includes Caitlin VanKeuren on keys and violin, Jerry Taylor on guitar, and Scott Rozell on guitar. VanKeuren sang two songs, including Radioactive
by Imagine Dragons. Rozell sang Can't Cash My Checks
by Jamey Johnson, and Taylor performed an original song that he wrote entitled, Mendocino
Rose Pyatt, a regular during the last season, finally returned to the open mic. Pyatt performed her original songs, including Somebody Loves Me
, which is always a crowd pleaser. "We hope Rose will be a regular at our shows again this year," said Hackett.
Don Moriarty teamed with host Ron Hackett to play several jazz standards, including Misty
, a ballad by Erroll Garner with famous recordings by Ella Fitzgerald and Johnny Mathis. Moriarty is from DeRidder, Louisiana and is currently living in Huntsville. Hackett explained how jazz players like to experiment with harmonies and sometimes push the limit, which musicians call playing outside. "So, if you think you heard a bad note, we are really just playing outside," said Hackett.
Host Ron Hackett closed out the first round by using a device called a looper. A looper is a digital recording pedal that allows a artist to record tracks in front of a live audience and then play or record additional tracks over the recorded tracks in real time. Hackett performed his version of JamMan
, a tune written by Chet Atkins on a DigiTech JamMan looper and made famous by the Esurance commercials. "That's Chet playing that now familiar tune in the background," said Hackett.
There was plenty of time left at the end of the first round, so everyone got a chance to perform again in an encore round. "The show was a lot of fun," said newlyweds Jackie and Bruce Cline about their first time visit to the open mic. "We enjoyed it immensely, and we will definitely be back again."
Photos courtesy of Ron Hackett