OGDEN -- There were more people than seats Friday night at Nurture the Creative Mind's piano recital and open mic night on 25th street and Lincoln.
The audience was made up of friends and family members of the performers and some very lucky Lucky Slice patrons sitting on the patio.
Elissa Krebs' violin students started things off with a recital of Bile them Cabbage Down, Lightly Row, and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
One of the students, Larissa Fowler, 7, said her favorite song out of the three she played with her fellow violinists was Bile them Cabbage Down because she likes fiddle music.
"It's fun and I like it because sometimes at my house I dance to it," Larissa said.
Larissa also said she is committed to her craft. "When I started it I thought well, maybe I should keep going because it's not that hard and it's pretty and beautiful music," she said.
Her mother, Lauren Fowler of Ogden, said she feels music is important to developing minds. "I think it's vital for brain development. I'm a neuroscientist so it was very important to me that she get involved with music at an early age," Lauren Fowler said.
Larissa also added that her mother is from Georgia. Lauren Fowler laughed when asked about The Devil Went Down to Georgia, "That's what we're hoping she'll play."
The violin recital was followed by nine piano recitals from Sadie Chadwick's students; each of them playing a different musical selection with and without accompaniment.
Amir Jackson, director and founder of Nurture the Creative Mind, said he was contacted by one of the music teachers after she saw the NCM's pianos on the street and wanted to move one of the pianos to NCM's facility in the Union Station. Jackson, who put the pianos on the street to share music with the community, eventually talked her into holding the recital on the NCM piano on 25th and Lincoln.
Jackson said that positive reinforcement is important to a child's learning process, but that positive reinforcement from friends and family is different than positive reinforcement from strangers.
"I just kind of talked about how it would fill the street with music. It's one thing to get that kind of positive reinforcement from their families, but to get it from strangers, it's kind of a different feeling and a different reinforcement," Jackson said.
The event finished with an open mic poetry reading led by Carey Francis of the Teen Studio Space at Eccles Community Art Center.
Jackson is grateful for the support NCM has received from the community.
"I would just like to acknowledge Weber Arts Council, Ogden City Arts and their director, Jenny Stout, the RAMP committee, and Ogden city Mayor Caldwell," Jackson said.
Jackson said kids between the ages of 10 and 18 can get involved with NCM by visiting the organization's website or Facebook page.
"We have right now five distinct branches. We have photography, visual arts, radio, journalism and creative writing, and videography. If you want to get involved in any of those branches of the organization, the easy way would be to go to our website www.nurturethecreativemind.com or through Facebook," Jackson said.