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Mike Farris plays in Wilson fundraiser Oct. 1

Posted on September 8, 2021

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Hear Mike Farris and The Fortunate Few Oct. 1 at a fundraiser for The SPOT.

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Grammy Award winning musician Mike Farris and The Fortunate Few will play a concert here Friday, Oct. 1, to benefit The SPOT in Wilson. The concert starts at 7 p.m. at the Edna Boykin Cultural Center. Doors open at 6. Tickets are $45 and are available at WAWtix.com. The fundraiser is presented by Mark and Mary Thurston.

Coming off of a Grammy win for 2015’s “Shine For All The People” (Best Roots Gospel Album), Nashville rocker Farris keeps it earthy and personal on “Silver & Stone” (Compass Records, 2018). The title refers to his wife Julie’s wedding ring, and the album is a celebration of their 25 years of marriage and her steadfastness in sticking by him through his years of struggling with addiction and alcoholism. Now sober for 10 years, Farris has the energy and conviction of a man saved, a stack of anecdotes and life experiences and a soulful vocal delivery reminiscent of Sam Cooke or Otis Redding.

Farris is the former frontman of the mainstream rock group The Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies.

Terry Stewart, president and CEO of the Rock and Role Hall of Fame and Museum, said, “Surely, there are few artists whose persona belies their music more than Mike. Out of this diminutive, self-described Southern boy comes an extraordinary soulful voice with a range, talent and emotions that make him seem possessed.”

The SPOT, which stands for Sharing Positive Outcomes Together, is a youth center located on Tarboro Street.

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