Mike Farris + Roger Alan Wade !
Rocks Off favorite Mike Farris, formerly of the awesome Southern rockers Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies, will be coming back to New York City! Farris plays a collection of original songs (including Wheelie classics) and gospel tracks, and with his crazy powerful voice he will take you to the church of rock in a whole new way! We're very lucky to have country music underground legend Roger Alan Wade opening the show! The man has written songs for the likes of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams Jr. and many more - seriously. You'll know some of his songs from the Jackass movies, and he currently co-hosts a radio show on Sirius XM with his cousin Johnny Knoxville. Mike Farris and Roger Alan Wade will be an amazing evening that you don't want to miss!
"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."
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.