Open Mic, January 15, 2015
Another Great Night of Performing Art at the Art Center
“If you weren’t at the Art Center last Thursday night, then you missed one helluva show,” said host Ron Hackett. “We had eleven great acts last night, but we had room for one more,” said co-host Taylor Hoch. This was the 14th performing arts show since the Performing Arts Association started at the Art Center last September.
Taylor kicked off the show singing several of her Americana songs that have been hits on European radio. Her usual sideman, Jay Jernigan, was unable to attend because of illness. “Jay is planning to play at the showcase on the 29th,” according to Taylor. Ron Adcock played drums while Taylor sang.
The DawgHous band led by singer/songwriter Len Bullard took the stage next. Len was joined on the stage by guitarist Rick Van Nostrand and bassist Curt Zimmerman. Next, singer/songwriter Marilyn Harris from Tullahoma came up to play a couple of her original tunes. Regular performer Robert Foster was up next to play a couple of his favorite cover songs.
First timer singer/songwriter Mitch Phelps gave a wonderful performance singing and playing guitar. Mitch had formerly played at one of the open mic events when they were held at the Karma Bakeria, but this was his first time at the Arts Center, and the audience loved his original songs. Singer/guitarist Gary Tipper played several cover songs while house drummer Ron Adcock played along.
Singer/songwriter Kameron Jones was next to play three of his original songs. He was followed by Tristan "Tree" Hepe, and Tree was followed by Zack Huitt. All three have been regular performers at the performing arts shows. Singer/songwriter Greg Mitchell came next to sing three of his original works. Greg was backed by guitarist Ron Hackett.
Co-host Ron Hackett closed out the line-up with a jazzy rendition of an old show tune that he called, Swinging Over the Rainbow. Ron Adcock played along with Ron. Ron finished by inviting Rick Van Nostrand to the stage for an impromptu jam on an old jazz standard called, “All the Things You Are.”
There was time left for a short encore round after the regular performances. Taylor kicked off the encore round accompanied by Kameron Jones and Ron Adcock. DawgHous players Len and Rick, and singer/songwriter Marilyn Jones also had an opportunity for an encore. Ron Hackett closed out the encore round accompanied by Len, Rick, and Ron Adcock. The quartet jammed on a well known Jobim Bossa Nova called, The Girl From Ipanema.
Photos courtesy of Ron Hackett
Taylor Hoch and Ron Adcock open the show
DawgHous, (from right) with Len Bullard, Rick Van Nostrand, and Curt Zimmerman
Marilyn Harris with Ron Adcock
Gary Tipper with Ron Adcock
Tristan "Tree" Hepe
Kameron Jones, Taylor Hoch, and Ron Adcock kick off the encore round
Rick Van Nostrand and Len Bullard play an encore