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Open mic show welcomes newcomer, old friends

Posted on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 9:49 pm

The performing arts show and open mic hosted by the Arts Center’s Lincoln County Performing Arts Association began with a set by the show’s host, Robert Foster.

Foster started with a cover song tribute to Cat Stevens. This set included “Father and Son”, “Moon Shadow” and “Wild World.” Foster had time for a fourth song, so he performed “Hello In There”, a song written by John Prine.

Karrie Harris, a newcomer to the performing arts show, came next. Harris sings Christian music with backing tracks. She performed “Closer”, “Forever Friend” and “Beyond” for her first performance at the Arts Center.

Jon Rosenblum, a singer and songwriter from Huntsville, finally returned to the event after being absent for several months. He performed four of his original songs, which included “Walked Right Into That”, “Sweet Alabama Rose”, “You’re My Queen” and “It’s Not Her Memory That’s Killing Me.”

Thunderbyrd Newman, an avant-garde songwriter and singer who is a regular at the shows, performed again this week. His original songs included “Julie”, “California Girl” and “You Ought to be Ashamed.”

Arts Center president, show co-host and jazz guitarist Ron Hackett finished the first round of performances with three solo guitar instrumentals. His first song became famous in the movie Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

“The movie is often misquoted as ‘Play it again Sam’,” said Hackett. “The first time a line similar to this occurs, Ilsa (Bergman’s character) says, ‘Play it Sam’. The second time, Rick (Bogart’s character) simply says ‘Play it’

“The song, ‘As Time Goes By’ by Herman Hupfeld, occurs frequently as a motif during the movie.”

Hackett finished with jazz standards “Fly Me to the Moon”, written in 1954 by Bart Howard, and “All the Things You Are”, composed by Jerome Kern in 1939.

There was time for a few encores, and the show’s tradition is that newcomers get the first encore. Harris returned to the stage to perform “Let Your Glory Shine” and “You Picked Me Up.” Newman’s encore included two of his original songs, “Molly” and “The Only Time You Call Me.” Rosenblum also performed original songs for his encore. His songs included “Step It Up”, “Three Story House” and “Someone to You.”

Hackett thanked everyone for attending the show. He then finished the show with Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Corcovado.” Corcovado is the mountain overlooking Rio de Janeiro and is famous for the large statue of Jesus with outstretched arms.

The bi-monthly (first and third Saturdays of each month) performing arts show and open mic is free and open to the public. A $2 donation is suggested to help cover the cost of operating the facility. Original music and covers are allowed. Each artist gets 15 minutes for his or her performance.

Soloists who would like musical accompaniment for a performance, or anyone who would like to participate in an open jam session, please contact Ron and Taylor before the show. Questions about the show are also welcome. Their email address is openmic@flc-artscenter.com.

The Arts Center is located at 303 Main Avenue South in Fayetteville. Doors open and sign-ups begin at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, and the show begins at 7 p.m. A limited number of advance sign-ups are available on the website. For more information, please visit the Art Center website at http://www.flc-artscenter.com/openmic.