7:30 p.m., May 4-5, 2012
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View Francine Reed's performance
Phoenix Blues favorite Francine Reed returned home, joining a songwriting tandem and two other singer/songwriters who have participated in the city’s weekly Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night series for an evening of original music.
Gary Marsh, of Phoenix, is a Virginia native and has lived in more than half a dozen American states and cities. His work kept him mobile for 20 years and helped shape his views from the many places and faces of the American people he was fortunate to get to know and experience. The next decade kept him active in the housing boom and the bust has given him the time to pursue something he always thought he could do, but never tried.
As an avid listener of music, he has had particular passion for singer/songwriters. At age 55, he began to write songs and quickly realized no one would ever hear them if he did not learn to perform them himself. A year later he made his first performance at Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night and has been a regular performer ever since. He says, “You can teach an old dude new tricks.” Profile "I'll be True to you Darlin'" "Give me a Chance"
Bob Villa is a Native American from the Gila River Indian Community and grew up in and around Coolidge. He has been playing guitar since he was 10 years old. His more than 40 years of experience is evidenced by his eclectic style and ease with the instrument.
Villa has been involved in church music and has performed at national Christian conventions and convocations. He has made several Christian television appearances and done gospel and worship music recordings. Villa began playing the Phoenix-area coffeehouse scene and at open mics a few years back. He caught the attention of local television personality Steve Bodinet and subsequently made appearances on Channel 3’s “Good Morning Arizona” in early 2004 and two more in 2005. He released two CD’s during the winter of 2004/2005.
Recently, Villa won “The Proof is in the Pudding” solo artist competition at Alice Cooperstown in Phoenix. He went on to perform at Cooper’s Christmas show held at the Dodge Theater. Villa has performed at many writers’ showcases in Nashville and has played extensively in the Texas Hill Country. Profile "Someone Just Gave Me the Hat" "27 Hours"
Ryan Fremling and Chris Hosken met at Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night and have been playing gigs around the Valley ever since. Profile "Shattered" "Follow Your Heart"
Fremling has been involved in music for most of his life. He spent several years singing as a member of a concert choir and has been a recurring member of the Wisconsin state solo and ensemble group. Fremling has appeared in a number of musicals such as “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Le Miserables” and “Footloose.” Since moving to Arizona a few months ago, he has been pursuing music full-time as a singer/songwriter and has been playing at several local venues.
Hosken began playing guitar at 14 years old when he moved to Arizona from California. He is heavily influenced by the blues and loves collaborating with other musicians. Hosken has appeared recently at numerous Valley of the Sun venues, including the Rhythm Room, the Phoenix Art Museum, Skeptical Chymist and the Phoenix Film Festival.