Mitchell leads VFCC past LBC

VFCC's Justyn Mitchell (right) scored 24 points to lead the Patriots to a 91-72 win over Lancaster Bible College last Thursday. Mitchell and VFCC will also took out Penn-State Abington recently with an 84-53 decision. Mike Stum (not pictured) score 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the win. The Phoenix file photo

Making her third appearance at the coffee house, Hart, along with keyboardist Ritchie Rubini, took the stage around 9:35 p.m. and immediately had some fun with the audience. Hart performed "Hit Me Baby One More Time" in honor of former Britney Spears' flame Justin Timberlake, whose birthday was on Friday.

"I'm dedicating this opening song to my 'boyfriend' Justin Timberlake," said a smiling Hart. "I thought about wearing a school girl outfit but I realized I'd be sitting at the keyboards a few times this evening."

As the audience reacted well to the impromptu opener, Hart settled into some of her songs from both of her CDs, "Girl Keeps On" and "Painted Bride." She continued her 13-song set with "The Guy," followed by "Drive," and "Girl Keeps On," which will be featured on the Feb. 6 episode of "Joan Of Arcadia," which airs on Friday nights at 8 p.m. on CBS.

After switching places with Rubini, Hart took over the keyboards to debut a single she is currently working on, "I Might Be," which will be featured on her next untitled CD.

In between songs, Hart comfortably interacted with the audience, mentioning how earlier in the day, she was shopping at Old Navy and came upon some excellent T-shirt bargains.

Following "Lay Low," she resumed playing the guitar for "Cliche," and "Color A Life."

Hart told the audience, "Music has saved me in every which way a person can be saved," then paid tribute to her father, the late famed Philadelphia Flyers broadcaster Gene Hart, by performing "Hold Me High."

After briefly leaving the stage, Karin Leet, manager of Steel City Coffee House, persuaded Hart to return for an encore.

Once the abundance of audience appreciation ceased, Hart concluded with "Fine Romance" and "One Last Time."

Following the show, Hart said it was great to see so many people brave the cold to see her perform.

"I'm starting to feel more and more relaxed and comfortable here," she said. "Seeing all of these people makes it worth it. We had a great time on stage and everything is really starting to come together. It was a lot of fun to come back to Phoenixville."

Prior to Hart taking the stage, the audience was treated to opening act, singer/songwriter Adrien Rejú. Making her Steel City Coffee House debut, she performed several songs such as "Why" and "Trampoline" during her 40-minute set. A native of Vermont, Rejú was born into a family of musicians from whom she inherited her passion for music.

After receiving some praise from the audience, Rejú said she'd like to come back and perform again at the coffee house in the near future.

For more information on Lauren Hart, visit her Web site at www.laurenhart.com. For more information on Adrien Rejú, visit her Web site at www.rejumusic.com.

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