Mike Farris and The Fortunate Few

Seated Show

Mike Farris and The Fortunate Few

Nathan Pope Band

Mon Aug 27

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$20 Advance / $25 Day Of

This event is all ages

Mike Farris and The Fortunate Few
Mike Farris and The Fortunate Few
It’s in the quiet moments sprinkled deftly throughout his new album, SILVER AND STONE, that Mike Farris reveals a previously hidden side of his singular instrument. His voice, widely known for its power and range, becomes a vessel for something more subtle but infinitely more rare and challenging to capture—the pure, authentic nature of returning to your roots. Musically, the album delves deep into Farris' background with a wide range of influences, drawing as much from Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers as from Bon Scott and Steve Marriott. Farris’ larger-than-life vocals, straight out of the South, sharpened in the clubs of New York City, honed over a lifetime of collaboration and stage time with the likes of Patty Griffin, Patti Austin, Double Trouble, and his own Roseland Rhythm Revue, deliver not only the funky danceable blues-rock that draws audiences to his live shows but also a deeper insight into Farris’ hard-earned understanding of the complexities of the human condition.

On SILVER AND STONE, Farris returns to his rock, soul and even country roots, making a break from the roots gospel he has been recognized for. (Farris' previous album SHINE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE won a GRAMMY for Best Roots Gospel Record in 2015.) Though there are definite spiritual tones, the new album is more a celebration of the people who most intimately surround him. SILVER AND STONE shows several different sides to Farris’ prodigious talent. On “Fingers Snaps” and “Are you Lonely For Me,” he shows his sense of fun and whimsy, while on Bill Withers’ “Hope She’ll Be Happier” he digs deep and delivers a performance rich in emotion and passion. On “Golden Wings,” one of several Farris originals on the album and the lead single, he explores the universal challenge of overcoming life’s obstacles and reaching beyond ourselves to find a place of compassion even in the midst of difficult circumstances. The album was produced by Compass Records co-founder Garry West and supported by a cast of top-flight musicians from across the Americana and soul spectrums including legendary drummer and ‘Memphis Boy’, Gene Chrisman, B3 master Reese Wynans (Double Trouble) and guitarists Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, John Hiatt) and Joe Bonamassa.
Nathan Pope Band
Nathan Pope Band
Nathan is a young blues guitarist from the heart of North Carolina. He received his first guitar at the age of 2 and was teaching himself to play by the age of 7. He gives credit to his Grandmother, Doris Powell, for her inspiration and love of music.

Nathan spent years going to blues jams where he honed his craft under the mentoring of some of the areas finest musicians. Now at 15, Nathan performs at festivals and venues across the state with a band of his own and has even been featured in Our State Magazine as a blues guitar prodigy. Each summer Nathan ventures to Clarksdale, Mississippi for the Pinetop Perkins Foundation Workshop where he studies under the likes of Bob Margolin, Jonn Del Toro Richardson, Victor Wainwright and Cristone "Kingfish" Ingram.

In 2016 he represented the Triangle Blues Society in the Youth Showcase at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. His 2017 performances included The Carolina Blues Festival in Greensboro, Centerfest in Durham, Sparkcon in Raleigh, Rowan Jazz and Blues Festival in Salisbury, The Rabbit Hole in Charlotte, Catawba Brewery in Morganton, Sunrise Theater's Blues Crawl in Southern Pines and Fat Frogg in Elon.

Nathan has developed a very supportive fan base that enjoys his unique twist on the classics as well as his own original tunes. He has proven that he can capture audiences in shows from modest indoor corners to large outdoor stages, from 45 minute opening sets to 3+ hour main act performances, from local markets to sharing stages with national touring professionals. Nathan never fails to entertain the crowd and leave them wanting more.


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