Mike Farris

Early Show

Mike Farris

The Hoffman School

Fri, March 22, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

$20 advance / $25 day of show

This event is 21 and over

Mike Farris - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Mike Farris
"Farris surrounds himself with a heavenly soundtrack that slides effortlessly between Stax soul, New Orleans gospel, and shuffling Southern blues, all of it punctuated with Farris's smoldering vocals and clear message of redemption."

-Harp Magazine

Mike Farris may be best known as lead vocalist and writer for the acclaimed '90s rock band The Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies, but it was only after he pursued his own musical direction in the early '00s that he found his calling. Taking a path that weaves together rock, blues, and gospel has allowed him to rediscover and reinterpret traditional Black gospel music and add his own mix of Stax-influenced blue-eyed soul.

In 2008, Farris won the prestigious Americana Music Award for Best New and Emerging Artist, as well as a Dove Award in 2009 for the Best Traditional Gospel album of the year for SHOUT! Live (2009). Festival appearances that year at Hardly Strictly, Telluride Bluegrass, Strawberry Festival, the ACL Festival, Bonnaroo, and many more solidified the impact of the live music experience that is Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm Revue. Farris performs solo, as an acoustic quartet, as a five-piece electric band, or with the nine-piece Revue, but no matter what the configuration, his energy and sheer talent always leaves the audience wanting more.
The Hoffman School - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
The Hoffman School
Harvey Luckman, founder of “Hoffman School “ is an alum of
that eponymous Riverdale, NY academy for the troubled gifted, where his classmates
included Carly Simon and Steven Tyler. It was assumed the talented Mr. Luckman would win notoriety for
his first passion: the accordion. But fate would instead have him recruit Sioris and Berg and force them to rock and roll.

Leigh Sioris, the son of a U.S. diplomat, spent his formative years as an embassy brat
in asia, europe, and DC. In a previous incarnation, he was the bass player for renown post-punk band, The Dots. He is
now Hoffman School's guitarist and songwriter.

Little is known for certain about Andrew Berg. The singer and songwriter for Hoffman School? Yes. Harmonica player? So it seems.
The rest is shrouded in lies and secrecy and sealed NYPD and court records. He has at various times claimed to be from
Chicago, Los Angeles, Marseilles, and Uppsala, Sweden. All of this may be true. Or none of it.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002