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Open Mic, October 15, 2015

New Co-host Gets Settled

Host Robert Foster started the evening with Wooden Ships by Crosby, Stills & Nash and followed that with Donald and Lydia and Grandpa was a Carpenter by John Prine. Foster began co-hosting the show with Ron Hackett last week. He is filling in for Taylor Hoch, who is still convalescing at home.

Local singer, songwriter, and guitarist Steven Massey followed Foster and played three of his original songs, including It’s a Long Road and Self Destructive.

Newcomer Vivian Fisher came to the stage next to read a short story that she had written. Her friend Sara Lewis read a poem that had special meaning to her as the mother of a three-year-old girl. “When Taylor and I started this show, we wanted it to be open to all types of performing arts,” said Hackett. “We appreciate Vivian and Sara for broadening our horizons.”

String Trilogy made their second public appearance at our weekly show. The group is composed of Caitlin VanKeuren on keys and violin, Jerry (JT) Taylor on guitar, and Scott Rozell on guitar. They started with an original by Taylor that he calls, Queen of the Night. The group went on to play covers of Faded Love by Bob Wills and In Color by Jame Johnson.

Jazz guitarists Don Moriarty and Ron Hackett took turns improvising melodies to My Funny Valentine, My Favorite Things, and Blues in the Closet.

Hackett closed out the first round with several instrumental guitar pieces, including Georgia on My Mind and the Petite Waltz.

There was plenty of time left for an encore round, so everyone had an opportunity to perform again. Foster kicked off the encore round with a cover of Don McLean’s Vincent. Next, he performed covers of Mr. Bo Jangles by Jerry Jeff Walker and You’ll Never Leave Harlem Alive by Darrel Scott. “I had an opportunity to see the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band perform Mr. Bo Jangles live in the early 70’s, so it’s always been special to me,” said Foster.

String Trilogy returned for their encore. They played another original song by Taylor named Patterson’s Bar and several covers including, Long Time Gone by Waylon Jennings. VanKeuren also performed two violin solos, including the eerily familiar Ashokan Farewell.

Next, Steven Massey performed several more original songs, including Six Months Sober, a song about rehab, and Hold Me Darling.

Many folks have to leave because they work on Friday, but Moriarty and Hackett treated the folks that remained for the late part of the show to another round of jazz. They started with Wes Montgomery’s Liela and finished with an old standard named Moonglow.

Hackett finished the night playing his nylon string guitar. “Nylon strings are usually associated with classical music, but they are also great for some jazz styles, like Bossa Novas and Sambas,” said Hackett as he began to play Corcovado, a Bossa Nova by Antonio Carlos Jobim. He followed that with a couple of classical guitar works. Lagrima is a well-known work by Francisco Tarrega. He closed the show with a beautiful tune he calls, Romance de Amour.

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Photos courtesy of Ron Hackett

Robert Foster

String Trilogy

Caitlin VanKeuren

Jerry (JT) Taylor

Scott Rozell

Sarah Lewis

Vivian Fisher