Steve at Telluride #29: Farris’ Will
Mike Farris and the Roseland Rythym Revue
The Sunday morning gospel show is important. After several nights of hard revelry, especially last night, penance feels appropriate. It’s the sort of penance that comes in the form of bloody marys and dancing to the canyon-rattling Mike Farris show. Mike looks like Izzy Stradlin and sings like Al Green. If you’re listening at home, you might think a black woman was doing all this soul shouting. He brought three backup singers and a horn section with him and played fully-charged versions of “O Mary Don’t You Weep,” “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” and other singalong gospel standards. The big story though is his voice—a throttled scream of boundless power and range—and he worked it hard, keeping the oxygen tank right on stage next to him. Can’t blame him, since I nearly fainted just hammering in my tent stakes. Check out Shane’s photos below of the crowd enjoying this very fun show.