Hendershot’s Open Mic Night

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While some people go to Hendershot’s for the open mic night, others stumble upon it. Either way, they get to enjoy a free show on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo/Lexi Kelson)

Every Monday night in Athens, Georgia, Hendershot’s hosts an open mic for musicians and poets to share their artistry. Hosted by Larry Forte, the event fosters a community of creative minds performing, planning co-writing sessions and exchanging words of encouragement. Because standing up in front of a crowd comes with its fair share of intimidation, these artists are full of love and respect for not just each other but for their craft as well.

The space features a small stage and plenty of tables and chairs for patrons to sit back and enjoy the show. While most performers choose to fill their 10-minute slot with original pieces, some play recognizable (or obscure) tunes. On Monday, February 6, 2017, 16 artists floated on and off the stage to share in the love of creativity.

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Hill Ary’s (cq) unique name is matched by her unique sound. Her two original songs showcase her airy vocals and indie vibes in Athens, Georgia on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. (Photo/Lexi Kelson)
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Zach Parks sings with a hefty dose of soul coupled with a slight Southern twang in Athens, Georgia on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. He’s currently in the process of making his debut album, “Sad Southern Songs.” (Photo/Lexi Kelson)
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Pharmacy student John Stevick gives a shoutout to his wife who is sitting in the audience with smiles of encouragement as he plays on the Hendershot’s stage for the first time in Athens, Georgia on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. (Photo/Lexi Kelson)
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Paul Edgar takes a humorous look at Valentine’s Day with cynical lyrics that make the whole room laugh and tap along in Athens, Georgia on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. (Photo/Lexi Kelson)
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Hendershot’s regular, David Lococo, chooses to forgo an instrument sidekick and use a backing track instead on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 in Athens, Georgia. He charms the crowd with classic jazz pieces from Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra. (Photo/Lexi Kelson)
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With peach-colored shoes and a name that can’t be missed, Salathiel Saldana shows off his guitar picking skills in Athens, Georgia on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. His two original songs feature mesmerizing guitar lines and haunting lyrics. (Photo/Lexi Kelson)
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Emily Hansford’s toe taps throughout her set matching her rhythmic guitar playing. Her voice is reminiscent of Florence and the Machine, and it’s clear she means every word she sings on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo/Lexi Kelson)
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