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Singer beckons with blues, jazz, rock and soul
Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue to perform Aug. 28
Mike Farris & the Roseland Rhythm Revue will perform the final concert in the Arts Council’s Summer MusicFest series. The concert will be at 8 p.m. Aug. 28, on the lawn of The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center in Gainesville.

Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm Revue

When: 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28; gates open at 6 p.m.

Where: The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center lawn, 331 Spring St. SW, Gainesville

Cost: $35 adults, $32 seniors, $28 students and $320 table for eight

More info: or 770-534-2787

One part blues, one part rock, one part jazz and a whole lot of gospel R&B soul is a trademark of Mike Farris. And Gainesvillians will get a taste of him next weekend.

Grammy Award-winning Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, on the lawn of The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center in downtown Gainesville.

Music lovers are encouraged to grab their lawn chairs and blankets or reserve a table up front for the concert at 331 Spring St. SW. Dinner is available for purchase or bring a picnic. Favorite beverages are welcomed.

Gates will open at 6 p.m. with the concert starting two hours later.

Tickets are $35 for adults, $32 for seniors, $28 for students and tables of 8 for $320. A 7 percent tax will be charged to all ticket sales. Buy tickets online at

Mike Farris became the first artist to receive a Grammy Award for Best Roots Gospel Album for “Shine for All the People.” He was presented the award by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences at the 57th annual Grammy Awards ceremony Feb. 8 in Los Angeles.

“This is a unique musical heritage here in America,” Farris said. “And this is my mission to shine a light on it, to show the world this music, and to bring it out of the attic.”

Farris explains two basic seeds exist in Western music: old Black spirituals and old Appalachian music.

“I’m from Tennessee. I was born and raised with it,” Farris said. “That is the beauty of being raised in the South, it is so fertile. This ground is so rich with all this music we all know. Blues, rock, jazz, R&B — we wouldn’t have had any of that without the ground that I walk on.”

The Roseland Rhythm Revue features the McCrary Sisters, dynamic singers who add vitality and enthusiasm to the Farris’ blistering tunes.

The performed songs are cherry-picked from Farris’ weekly gigs at Nashville’s Station Inn club, an intimate venue turned into a revival tent when Farris and his band hit the stage.

A full horn section brings even more soul and jazz to the already energized proceedings.

The harmonizing McCrary sisters perform an a cappella version of “Dig a Little Deeper,” a song from the Fairfield Four, the act of which their dad was a member.

The entire backing ensemble gels on an eight-minute “I’ll Take You There” that pays respect to the Staple Singers but raises the temperature on a cover that incorporates rock guitar along with call-and-response singing that approaches the original in sheer inspiration.