Open Mic, January 14, 2016
Regulars Dominate Second Show of the Year
"We were so glad to have Ron Hackett back and co-hosting the open mic. He's been gone for several weeks dealing with family health issues and we've really missed him," said co-host Taylor Hoch. "Last night's show was the second open mic night of the year and it was an evening of entertainment fueled by our family of regulars," Taylor added.
Co-host Robert Foster opened the show with covers of three James Taylor songs, "Secret of Life", "On a Country Road", and "Sweet Baby James". Randall Mills was up next playing "I Saw the Light" by Hank Williams, "People Are Crazy" by Billy Curtain, and "House of the Rising Sun" by Alan Price.
Co-host, Taylor Hoch took the stage next playing solo as the other half of her regular duet, Jay Jernigan, was unable to attend the show last night. Taylor played three of her original Americana songs, "That's How It Goes", "Out of the Blue" which is the title track from her first album, and "Everything's Fine".
Ron Hackett was up next and it was great to have his instrumental jazz music back on the program. He played "All the Things You Are" by Jerome Kern, "Over the Rainbow" by Harold Arlen, and "The Girl from Ipanema" by Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Gary Tipper followed Ron and he played covers of "Five O'clock Somewhere" by Jimmy Buffett, "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding, and "Cats in the Cradle" by Harry Chapin.
Elliot from Petersburg finished out the first round of performances for the night with "Lulu's Back in Town" by Fats Waller, "Swingin' on a Star" by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke and made famous in the 1944 by Bing Crosby, and the classic camp song "Sweet Violets" which was made famous by Dinah Shore in 1951.
An encore round followed with another set of performances by Robert Foster, Taylor Hoch, Ron Hackett, and Elliot from Petersburg.
Photos courtesy of Ron Hackett
Elliott from Petersburg