ION INDIE MAGAZINE October 2014, Volume 5 - Page 55

On the September 13, 2014, at the “Beats and Eats Music Festival” in El Paso, Texas, MARK FARNER (formerly of GRAND FUNK RAILROAD) performed a timeless set of some of his greatest hits: “Are You Ready”, “Loco Motion”, “We're an American Band” and “I'm Your Captain (Closer to Home)”. The ageless Farner strutted and moved on stage as if he was still 26 years old--which is when I saw him in Tampa, FL, 40 years ago. The ambiance was charged, as the audience was on its feet, singing and dancing during the hour and a half set— knowing every word to every song. His performance delivered me to a special place in my past—when Rock and Roll was new and fresh to me. And just like that savored memory, Farner’s show was one I’ll never forget! Pictured left: ION Photojournalist Timothy Schumann and Mark Farner