Open Mic, October 16, 2014
There was a great turn-out for last Thursday night’s open mic at the Arts Center in Fayetteville, and the show’s hosts Taylor Hoch and Ron Hackett are looking forward to an even bigger turn-out for next week’s Halloween Party open mic!
Singer songwriter Taylor Hoch opened the show, accompanied by Jay Jernigan on lead guitar and background vocals, and they were joined by percussionist Ron Adcock. They played a set of Taylor’s original songs including a few new pieces that have yet to appear on any of Taylor’s albums.
Next up was singer songwriter David Roller who played a set of his original contemporary Christian compositions. David was a newcomer to the open mic and he said, “I will definitely be back next week! What a blessing it is to have such a beautiful venue to play at and as a gathering spot for such talented and fun artists and musicians right here in Fayetteville!” He was followed by the band Old Nick and the Gypsies (Kameron Jones, Sarah Weeks, and Josh Passon) who played a set of songs written by Kameron Jones. They were followed by Gary Tipper who played guitar and sang.
Sarah Weeks was up next playing keyboards and singing songs which included the song she’ll be using to audition for The Call in Muscle Shoals. She was followed by singer/guitarist Rose Pyatt who played a set which included one of her original compositions. Taylor and Jay, again accompanied by percussionist Ron Adcock, closed the show with another set of Taylor’s original songs.
Taylor’s co-host, Ron Hackett, was unable to attend the open mic last night, so there was no jazz jam. Ron had to have an appendectomy and was in the hospital recovering from surgery. Everyone sends their prayers and best wishes for Ron’s speedy recovery, and hopes that Ron and the jazz jam will be back for next week’s Halloween edition of the open mic.
The open mic on Thursday Oct. 30 will be a special Halloween themed edition! Performers and audience are encouraged to come in costume. There will be special Halloween treats available for all, and hosts Ron Hackett and Taylor Hoch encourage all performers to think of Halloween related material to perform. Mark Kelso, president of the Arts Center will be telling ghost stories and bringing video and audio recordings of ghosts that he recorded at the old Fayetteville hospital. Anyone who would like to tell a ghost story, read or recite a poem or dramatic piece with a Halloween theme, or sing a song related to the theme are encouraged to come out and help make next week’s show an especially eerie event. Anyone who would like to bring Halloween treats for all to share is encouraged to do so.
Photos courtesy of Taylor Hoch
Open mic host Taylor Hoch with Jay Jernigan