Fayetteville - Lincoln County Arts Center, Inc.
Enhancing the quality of life through the presentation, education, and promotion of all types of art

Open Mic, February 25, 2016

Cold Weather doesn’t stop Open Mic

"Despite the cold temperature and the sleet coming down, we had a really good turnout for last night's Open Mic Night at the Fayetteville/Lincoln County Art Center. Five performers and a good size audience braved the weather in order to participate," said co-host Taylor Hoch.

Robert Foster, a long time regular to the show and now a co-host on Thursday nights, opened the show with a set of cover tunes. He played Sunday Morning Comin' Down and Bobby McGee both by Kris Kristofferson and Cowgirl in the Sand by Neil Young. Robert, like three of the other performers who participated last night, will be a featured artist at the big open house the Art Center will be putting on to coincide with the Slaw Burger Festival in Fayetteville on April 16th.

Next up was Steven Massey. Steven is a local songwriter/musician/singer, a regular at the Thursday night open mic, and he will also be featured at the upcoming open house. He has released one album and is in the process of producing his second album. Steven played three of his original songs for the audience last night, I Won't Think About Her, Bury Me, and I'm Not Giving Up.

Ron Hackett, co-host and president of the Art Center, followed Steven. Ron played a set of instrumental pieces, Classical Gas by Mason Williams, Wheels by Norman Perry, and Estrellita by Manual Ponce. Ron will be playing a set of Jazz and Classical music at the open house in April. He will also be backing up local songwriter Greg Mitchell for his set at the show, and be hosting the Pro-Songwriter portion of the program at the Open House.

Taylor Hoch, local songwriter and co-host of the Thursday night shows was up next. In a departure from her usual repertoire of original songs and to encourage more spoken word artist and poets to participate, Taylor performed the opening soliloquy from Shakespeare's Richard III, and a soliloquy from Hamlet. She closed her set playing and singing Walking In Memphis by Marc Cohn. Taylor will be performing as part to the duet Tay & Jay and doing recitations of Shakespeare and poetry at the open house in April.

Gary Tipper, another regular at the open mic night, closed out the first round of the evening's performances. Gary played You're So Bad by Tom Petty, Operator by Jim Croce, and Mexico by James Taylor.

Robert Foster started off the encore round playing Wooden Ships by David Crosby, Paul Kantner, and Stephen Stills, Hello In There by John Prine, and Cost of Living by Ronnie Dunn.

Steven Massey returned to the stage for his second set and played two more of his original songs, Gone Without a Trace and The Other Side of Love, and then finished out his set with a medley of country hits.

Ron Hackett performed instrumental versions of Over the Rainbow by Harold Arlen, Michelle by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and The Girl From Ipanema by Antônio Carlos Jobim for his encore set.

Taylor Hoch performed three of her original songs for her encore round, That's How It Goes, Right Through Me, and Graffiti.

Gary Tipper closed out the show with Homeward Bound by Paul Simon, A Pirate Looks at Forty by Jimmy Buffett, and House of the Rising Sun by The Animals.

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Photos courtesy of Ron Hackett

Robert Foster

Steven Massey

Ron Hackett with his Taylor guitar

Taylor Hoch

Gary Tipper

Ron Hackett with his Gibson guitar