Open Mic, October 29, 2015
Poem Highlights “Performing” Arts Show
“We had a lot of folks that just came to see the show last night,” said host Ron Hackett. “We really appreciate the support we get from the community.” The weekly show gives local talent a chance to perform for the community.
Hackett opened the 35th performing arts and open mic show by singing Happy Birthday to his wife Debi in jazz style. He continued by playing several guitar instrumentals that included Jerome Kern’s “All the Things You Are,” and “My Favorite Things” from the Sound of Music.
Local singer/songwriter Steven Massey came next to play some of his original tunes. One song about a suicide note is so new that he hasn’t named it yet.
Elliott from Petersburg sang a macabre and humorous song about the headless ghost of Anne Boleyn as a tribute to Halloween. He also sang songs about Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and Peoria from his geographical repertoire.
Rose Pyatt, another local singer/songwriter, came to play some of her original songs, including “A Love That is One of a Kind,” and “Do You Miss Me When I’m Gone.” Pyatt had to leave early, so she sang “How Can I Praise You from Here” as her encore.
Co-host Robert Foster played two Dave Loggins tunes called, “Knoxville Girl” and “Please Come to Boston.” Foster finished set with “Souvenir” by John Prine.
Singer/guitarist Gary Tipper played three cover tunes that included, “Friend of the Devil” by the Grateful Dead, “Cats in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin, and “Cheeseburger in Paradise” by Jimmy Buffet.
The first found ended with Bill Stephens reciting a humorous poem by Robert Service about, “The Cremation of Sam McGee.” Hackett reminded the audience that, “this is a performing arts show, and we are open to all types of performing arts. We are open to all types of performing arts, including poems, dramatic readings, comedy, dance, and skits.”
For variety, Hackett opened the encore round with a humorous story set to music about a fellow named Elmer and his bear hunting adventure. Switching from jazz to country, Hackett played a finger-style tune called, “Windy and Warm” that Chet Atkins made famous. He finished his set with a tune called “Spanish Fandango” that is played in a Hawaiian Slack Key. “I don’t know how the tune got its name, but it is neither Spanish nor a Fandango,” said Hackett.
Massey returned to play another untitled tune and then finished with his original tunes, “Nashville” and “Bury Me.”
Elliot’s encore included another humorous song about hunting. His encore set included, “I Can See Your Aura, and It’s Ugly,” and “When the Roses Bloom in Dixieland.”
Tipper’s encore included “Ventura Highway” by America, “Operator” by Jim Croce, and “Mexico” by James Taylor.
Foster closed the show with two James Taylor tunes called “You’ve Got a Friend” and “Fire and Rain.” He ended his encore set with “In Color” by Jamey Johnson.
Photos courtesy of Ron & Debi Hackett
Elliott from Petersburg