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Kaleidoscope celebrates one year
RUMFORD -- For the past 12 months on each first Friday, the Mystic Theater has opened up to artists actively creating with anything from acrylics and oils, to charcoal and pencils, to, cake, fruit, balloons and more.
While visual art is being created performances happen on the turn of the century rounded out stage complete with footlights. Seasoned performers, musicians, poets, magicians, and jugglers have displayed the results of years of practice and performing, young musicians have taken the stage for some of the first times in front of a live audience.
This is what Kaleidoscope is all about, it’s an enriching experience for artists, performers and audience. It’s been aptly named Kaleidoscope because it’s always changing, you never really know what it’s going to look like each month. Among the performances for the Friday, September 6 Kaleidoscope, Melanie Jordan, and Derek Hoyt join host Scot Grassette in celebrating the one year that Kaleidoscope has been bringing the arts forward in the River Valley.
She sings modern country, many feel she sounds like The Band Perry, and Carrie Underwood, but she defiantly has her own tone and will be belting out her favorites in her debut Kaleidoscope performance, Melanie Jordan immerses herself in music. Last May she was very proud to receive “The Pine Tree State Junior Modern Vocalist of 2013”. She will be entering her junior year at Dirigo High School, and is looking forward to continuing her education in art school in Portland or Boston.
Born and raised in Rumford, 30-year-old Derek Hoyt currently lives in Lewiston and works as an assistant team leader at Alternative Services Inc. in the mental health field. He picked up a guitar about a year ago, has written some really cool originals that he will perform such as "Pick A String or Two" “It’s Up To You” and "Here in Maine". Derek will also perform some of his favorite cover tunes as well "It Goes Like This" by Thomas Rhett and “Redneck Crazy” by Tyler Farrs, and possibly topped off with a bit of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Regular artists include Christine Wing, Liz Murphy, Kris Howes, Kaylee Martin, Grace McGivergan, and Phoebe Pike. There is no fee for Kaleidoscope but the Fish bowl is out to show monetary respect for the artists and performers. There is a cash bar and snacks available. Kaleidoscope is held on the first Friday of each month at 49 Franklin’s Mystic Theater located at 49 Franklin St. Please enter at the rear upper parking lot.