Open Mic, April 14, 2016
"The fact that we were all bustling around dealing with the last minute details and getting ready for our open house didn't stop us from pausing long enough to have a great open mic night show last Thursday," said co-host, Taylor Hoch.
Co-host Robert Foster opened the show with a set of cover tunes. Robert played "The Cost of Living" by Ronnie Dunn, "In Color" by Jamie Johnson, and "Vincent" by Don McLean.
Robert was followed by co-host, Ron Hackett. Ron played an instrumental jazz set with, "All the Things You Are" by Jerome Kern, "Stars Fell on Alabama" by Frank Perkins, and "Autumn Leaves" by Joseph Kosma.
Next up was co-host Taylor Hoch. Taylor played her newest original song, "I Don't Dream the Same As You" and then did a dramatic recitation of the William Butler Yates poem "Second Coming". She closed her set with another of her original songs titled, "Beautifully Angry".
Rose Pyatt took the stage next and gave the audience a taste of what they'd be hearing when she opened the show at the open house. Rose played two of her original country songs, "My Only Love", "Come Home", and finished out her set with her gospel song, "Can I Praise You From Here".
Open mic night regular, Gary Tipper, was up next. Gary played a set of cover tunes, "Havana Day Dreamer" by Jimmy Buffett, "Southern Cross" by Neil Young, and the classic "King of the Road" by Roger Miller.
Another open mic night regular, Elliot from Petersburg, followed Gary. Elliot started off his set with a medley combining "Shine on Harvest Moon" by Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth, "On Moonlight Bay" by Edward Madden, and "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" by Gus Edwards. He finished out his set with "Don't Bury Me In the Cold Cold Ground" by John Prine and "Draft Dodger Rag" by Phil Ochs.
There was still time left in the evening so an encore round was called for. Robert Foster started off the encore round with a set composed of "Paradise" and "Souvenirs" by John Prine, and "Old Man" by Neil Young.
Gary Tipper returned to the stage to do another set of classic rock cover tunes. Gary did "Sister Golden Hair" by Gerry Beckly, "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison, and "Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding.
Elliot from Petersburg returned next and did another set of old classic songs, "The Bottomless Well" by Bobby Bare, "Sitting on Top of the World" by Walter Vinson, and closed out his set with "Cocaine" by J. J. Cale.
Ron Hackett returned to the stage to do another set of instrumental jazz music. He played "With Every Beat of My Heart," "I Remember You" by Victor Schertzinger, and finished his set with "Black Orpheus" also known as "Manhã de Carnaval"
by Luiz Bonfá.
Taylor Hoch finished out the evening doing a dramatic recitation of Hamlet's speech to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern from Act 2 Scene 2 of Hamlet and Richard the 3rd's opening soliloquy from Shakespeare's Richard III. She finished out her set by playing "Right Through Me" which is a song from her musical about Jack the Ripper.
Photos courtesy of Ron Hackett
Elliott from Petersberg