Open Mic, March 26, 2015
Full Slate Plus One
“We had a full list and then some!” said co-host Taylor Hoch about last night’s Open Mic night at the Fayetteville/Lincoln Count Arts Center. “It is great to see so many people participating in this weekly arts event. Every week we see more new faces in the audience, and every week newcomers to the show grace our stage. There is an amazing amount of local talent in this area, and it is wonderful to see all the artists and fans come together and enjoy an evening of fun, music, and networking.”
Co-host Ron Hackett opened the show last night playing three jazz numbers. He was accompanied by Ron Adcock on percussion, and for one of the songs, Kameron Jones joined Ron on the stage and played rhythm guitar to Ron’s lead guitar. Ron was followed by new comer to the open mic night, Amit Chadha, who played three of his hilarious original songs. Next up was the duo of Jim Rutledge and Ian Panton. Their lively combination of fiddle and guitar music had the audience tapping their feet and clapping. Jim and Ian played two folks songs and an instrumental folk waltz.
Kameron Jones, front man for Old Nick and the Gypsies, came back to the stage after Jim and Ian, and played a solo version of three of his original American songs including a brand new song which will be featured on Old Nick and the Gypsies debut album which will be coming out this May. Kameron was followed by another member of Old Nick and the Gypsies, Sarah Weeks. Sarah Weeks played her keyboard and sang her version of three cover songs. After the solo performances by the band members, Josh Passon and Kameron Jones joined Sarah on the stage and the whole band played three of Kameron’s original Americana songs.
Open mic regular, Robert Foster was next up and he played three classic country songs. Robert was followed by another new comer to the open mic show, Steven Brian. Steven played three of his high energy original songs. “I live here and this is really great! What a wonderful way to get to meet other local songwriters and musicians, and what a great venue for local artists. It’s really great to have a place in town for local musicians to come and play their music,” said Steven.
Rose Pyatt, another local singer/songwriter was up next and she played two of her original songs and a cover of a country favorite. Rose was followed by Tristan “Tree” Hepe who played three of his original Alternative music compositions. Gary Tipper, a long time open mic regular followed Tree and played his version of three classic rock favorites.
Brad Morgan was up next. It was Brad’s third time to play at the open mic night and he played three classic songs including a Johnny Cash number that had the audience singing along. Co-host Taylor Hoch closed the show for the evening doing solo versions of three of her original American songs.
Photos courtesy of Ron Hackett
Host Ron Hackett opens the show
His wife, Debi, makes his guitar shirts, which include a detachable sleeve to protect the guitar's finish
Ron Hackett plays a jazz tune
Jim Rutledge and Ian Panton
Old Nick and the Gypsies
(from left) Josh Passon, Sarah Weeks, and Kameron Jones
Tristan "Tree" Hepe