The Pines Theater 2015 season, “Timeless Classics and New Favorites,” continues Thursday, August 13, when Grammy-winner Mike Farris brings his powerful soul-gospel fusion to downtown Lufkin.
“Mike Farris is an incredible vocalist, and he can do American music, from Motown to Memphis to Muscle Shoals, like nobody else,” said Tara Watson-Watkins, executive director of the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau and artistic director for The Pines. “He’s been on a roll, with his last album winning a Grammy, but his live show is where he really shines. If you love American music, you have to see him perform live.”
Farris began his musical career as founder and lead singer of the Nashville, Tennessee group Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies, and has also performed as front man for the late Stevie Ray Vaughan’s backing band, Double Trouble.
A solo act since 2001, Farris’ latest album, “Shine For All The People,” recently won a Grammy for “Best Roots Gospel Album,” a new category that recognizes the growing interest and support of these genres. He has also received the 2008 Americana Music Award for new and emerging artist and the 2010 GMA Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Album of the Year.
Farris’ performance begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 for floor seats and $30 for balcony seats. Call 936-633-0349 today to purchase tickets or go to www.visitlufkin.com.
The Pines Theater’s 2015 season continues with legendary doo-wop quartet The Diamonds on September 14 and The Unexpected Boys, an award-winning tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, on October 14.