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Open Mic, February 11, 2016

Valentine's Show

"This is our first time here, and we are amazed by all the talent in this room!" said Dan Sullivan and his wife Donna, first time visitors to the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Arts Center open mic show last Thursday night. The Sullivans and the rest of the audience enjoyed relaxing in the living room style venue and nibbling hors d'oeuvres while watching and listening to a great roster of performers highlighted by lots of original compositions by local songwriters.

Robert Foster, one of the three musicians who host the show, started off the program for the night playing a newly released folk song called America by an artist known only as Lazer.Lloyd. He finished out his set playing Old Tennessee by Dan Fogelberg and You've Got a Friend by James Taylor.

Local musician and songwriter, Rose Pyatt, took the stage next and played two of her original songs, Can't Live With It, Can't Live Without It and A Love That Is A One Of A Kind. She finished out her set playing a cover of a Linda Ronstadt favorite called Different Drum.

Co-host Taylor Hoch was next up and continued the original music bent of the evening by playing three of her Americana songs. She started with Out of the Blue, the title track from her first album, and then finished off her set with Vanishing and Beautifully Angry.

Marilynn Harris, another local musician and songwriter, followed Taylor. This was Marilynn's first open mic night this year and everyone was overjoyed to have her back gracing the Art Center stage. Marilynn played three of her original songs, Had To Go And Do Me Wrong, If You Were Mine, and Big Girl Panties.

Elliot from Petersburg was back this week to play a hilarious set of Valentine's Day themed songs. He had everyone laughing with his renditions of I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now by Joe Howard, Lucy the Junk Dealer's Daughter and Howard of the Highway Patrol by Tom Paxton, and a folk song titled Cognitive Dissonance.

The first round of performances was finished out by co-host and Art Center president, Ron Hackett. Ron played three instrumental acoustic pieces. He started with the traditional English tune Green Sleeves which some historians attribute to King Henry VIII, then moved to a more current era with The Theme from Love Story by Francis Lai, and then jumped back in time again playing the traditional Spanish Romanza.

Robert Foster returned to the stage to start the second round of performances for the evening, playing Right Between the Eyes by Graham Nash, Old Man by Neil Young, and House at Pooh Corner by Loggins and Messina.

Rose Pyatt returned next to start off another segment of all original music. For her set she played three more of her songs, Back Home Where I Came From, I Betcha, and Somebody's Baby. For her last song, Rose had Marilynn Harris join her on the stage to sing backup and harmony.

Marilynn stayed up on the stage after Rose's set and did another set of her original music. She played You Know I Love My Rock and Roll, This Heart of Mine Ain't No Swingin' Door, and the open mic night favorite Pinto Beans and Jesus.

Taylor Hoch finished out the original music segment of the show with three more of her Americana songs, Maria's Place, Yesterday's Epiphany, and a song called Right Through Me from the musical she's writing and hopes to put into production sometime this year.

Elliot from Petersburg returned to the stage to do another round of songs designed to get the audience laughing. He played My Ever Loving Machine by Shel Silverstein, and I'll Hold Your Hand in Mine and Verner Von Braun both by Tom Lehrer.

Ron Hackett closed the show with another set of acoustic instrumental pieces, playing Estrellita by Manuel Ponce, Maurice Jarre's Lara's Theme from the movie Doctor Zhivago, Wheels by the String Alongs, and closing with the traditional English parlor song Spanish Fandango.

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Photos courtesy of Ron Hackett

Robert Foster

Rose Pyatt

Marilyn Harris

Taylor Hoch

Elliott from Petersburg

Ron Hackett

Rose Pyatt Marilyn Harris


Dennis enjoys the show

The Audience