Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

April 25, 2013

Open Mic Night set Saturday in park

Dozen-plus performers expected

Tim Preston
The Independent

ASHLAND — More than a dozen performers in 10 scheduled acts for the first Open Mic Night of 2013 in Central Park hope to have a large audience at the bandstand Saturday evening.

Organizer George Pennington, who will perform as the drummer with his band, Hye Water, said the evening will offer music, poetry and comedy. “I did have a magician scheduled, but he had to work,” Pennington said, explaining the area seems to have “lots of musicians, but not many magicians.”

Among the acts scheduled for the event, which begins at 6 p.m. and continues until 10 p.m., will be poet and co-organizer Kayla Pennington, singer/songwriter Rob Triplett, Glo & Embers, Ray Rodriguez and the Christian band 28:19.

Pennington said overwhelming response to Saturday’s  show has prompted organizers to plan repeated opportunities for local performers and artists.

“We are going to make this a once-a-month thing, at least through the fall, let’s put it that way,” Pennington said, adding he hopes weather conditions will allow the show to continue in the park through September. Pennington said he is working with officials at the Paramount Arts Center to bring the event to the theater’s coffee shop during colder months.

For more information about the free event, call Pennington at (304) 412-0663.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2651.