My cool Friday night started at The Opening Act as I caught Andy Johnson playing acoustically for the first time. Andy is quite crafty with his guitar picking, vocals are smooth. He was well rounded in his choices of music he played, which included cover songs from Elvis Presley, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Black Crows, John Lennon, and more. Andy sang an Alice In Chains song in tribute of the ten year anniversary of the death of Alice In Chains lead singer. Andy maintained every strum and vocal melody while keeping an attentive eye on his young son, whom was onstage with him.
I spoke briefly with Andy and he shared that his band will be performing at The Opening Act next Saturday night. I plan to be there to take in more of this musician's brilliance and hear the full effect.
As I strolled from Cherry to Second Street, I caught a hip hop team, each member wearing matching t-shirts bearing Free Style E.N.T. on them. This group of young artists used their impressive talent to rap out positive hip hop cover songs in relation to their art.
Just around the corner at Roasted Cafe, I caught a music birthday celebration for John Charles Griffin on the stage. John Charles Griffin and Will Dockery took part in this performance setting the tone for their performance with Shadowville All-stars.
At 9, Shadowville All-stars took the stage with their music varying from rock, blues to country, cover songs in the mix. Multi instrumentalist, James Wolf was playing among the many musicians on stage. I feel this All-star performance should have been on a larger stage, in a larger venue to really do the band justice.