Just about everyone can name a Fleetwood Mac song. There’s “The Chain,” “Go Your Own Way” and “Don’t Stop,” and that’s just from the 1977 album “Rumours.”
This weekend, a few Lafayette musicians will gather to devote an entire night to performing the band’s music.
Blue Moon Saloon will host Fleetwood Mac Hoot Night at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, with several local artists paying tribute to the dynamic band.
Those artists include singers Megan Brown, Kelli Savoy, Julie Williams, Leah Graeff, Michelle Colón, J. Burton and Brian Fischer.
Other performing musicians for Saturday night’s event include Andrew Toups on keys, Philippe Billeaudeaux on bass, Jim Kolacek on drums and Chris Stafford on guitar.
Whether fans are drawn to the songs’ emotional ties or dynamic sound, Williams assured Saturday won’t just be a regular cover night.
“We’re playing such recognizable and iconic songs,” Williams said. “Everyone has an emotional connection. It’s just special music I think.”
Graeff said though she’s busy singing for three Lafayette-based bands — Kind Cousin, The Boyfriends for Now and The Pistolettes — she quickly hopped on the opportunity for this performance.
“All of us have been together after a night out singing these songs,” Graeff said. “Not only am I getting to perform them, but to be able to watch everybody enjoy them is just going to be a lot of fun.”
Graeff said all the performers jumped to cover their favorite songs, adding duets or more vocalists to give the songs a powerful vocal sound. That collaboration among all the vocalists gave the night the push it needed, Williams said.
“There are so many strong female musicians in this city, so it was kind of perfect to perform Fleetwood Mac,” Williams said. “I asked a lot of my female singers in the city (to perform), which is my dream come true. “
Fleetwood Mac’s songs are classic ones that keep everyone engaged, no matter what your favorite album is or who is singing, said Burton, who has performed in the local bands FIGHTs and Talker.
From a psych-rock sound to classic ’70s styles, Fleetwood Mac’s albums still resonate with fans, Burton said.
“They went through a lot of changes but were able to change their style from record to record,” Burton said.
On Saturday night, the male and female vocalists will highlight those albums’ changes and their own musical style.
Williams said she first heard Fleetwood Mac through other performers’ covers. Now, she wants to channel, not copy, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie.
Williams had some catching up to do with Fleetwood Mac’s discography. She said she had to study a lot of the band’s songs while keeping her personality for Saturday’s performance.
“I’m trying to match the emotion, but I have to keep my own voice,” Williams said.
For her performance, she wants to let the melodies she first fell for shine, Williams said.
“It’s definitely sticking to what you love about the song,” Williams said. “For me, it’s those melodies that kind of pull you in.”