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Wayward regulars return to open mic

Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 12:23 pm

Rose Pyatt returned to the open mic stage for the recent performing arts show, which is held the first and third Saturdays of each month at the Arts Center.

“Four performers who have performed regularly at our shows in the past returned for another stellar engagement tonight,” said open mic host and Arts Center president, Ron Hackett.

“Everyone has their own life to live, but it’s great when we can get these old friends back on our stage.”

Co-host Taylor Hoch started the show with an original song from a musical she is writing about Jack the Ripper entitled, “Let’s Me Seem Sane”. Next, she took a trip down memory lane by performing an original song named “Simplicity” that she had written many years ago. She finished with another song from her musical entitled, “I Don’t Dream the Same as You”.

Rocker Steven Massey finally returned to the stage after being gone for several months.

“I have a new job in Huntsville, so I hope to be coming to the open mic more often,” said Massey.

He performed three of his original tunes: “Gone Without a Trace”, “Baby I was Born to Sing the Blues” and “Eliza”.

Randall Mills, another wayward regular, returned to our stage to perform three cover songs that included “People are Crazy” by Billy Currington, “All I Think About is Getting You Home” by Chris Young; and “Imagine” by John Lennon.

Rounding out the trio of wayward male regulars was Elliott from Petersburg, who has been away visiting with grandchildren. Elliott graced the crowd with light-hearted music like “Oh How He Lied”, “Frog Kissin’” and “How Can I Miss You If You Won’t Go Away”.

Thunderbyrd Newman was back for his third week in a row. Newman, an avant-garde songwriter, performed three of his original tunes that included “Time Rolls On”, “Sugar Daddy Strut” and “Fine Line”.

“Rose Pyatt is another regular who has been out-of-state for much of our third season, and we are glad to have her back,” said Hock.

Pyatt started with a cover of “Wind Beneath My Wings” that was written in 1982 by Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley. The song became famous when Bette Midler sang it in the film “Beaches”. Pyatt finished with two of her original tunes entitled “Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It” and “Look for Your Coming”.

Hackett closed the show with several guitar instrumentals performed on nylon strings.

“I just felt like doing something different tonight,” said Hackett.

He began his set with Johann Sebastian Bach’s Bouree in E minor. The tune is well known because it was performed by the band Jethro Tull on their breakout album, “Stand Up”. He finished with two bossa novas written by Antônio Carlos Jobim entitled “Corcovado” and “One Note Samba”.

The bi-monthly (1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month) performing arts show and open mic is free to all Arts Center members. They ask non-members to make a $2 donation to help cover the cost of the facility. You are welcome to bring your own refreshments. Smoking is not allowed in the building, but there is a smoking area outside.

Each act is allowed 15 minutes for their performance. Soloists who would like musical accompaniment for their 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 Art 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.