Michael Franti & Spearhead

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LOVE OUT LOUD TOUR | $1 per ticket will be going towards Do It For The Love. Do It For The Love is a nonprofit wish-granting foundation that brings people living with life- threatening illnesses, children with severe challenges, and wounded veterans to live concerts.

Sat 6/17

Doors 7:30 / Show 8:30
Electric Factory
— $32.50 ADV - $35 DOS | All Ages
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Biography

In creating their ninth studio album SOULROCKER, Michael Franti & Spearhead introduced a new sensibility to their potent hybrid of hip-hop, rock, folk, and reggae: a gracefully arranged take on electronic music that more than fulfills the band’s mission of making impassioned music you can dance to. Along with harnessing the Bay Area-based band’s dynamic energy for a more powerful impact than ever before, SOULROCKER again shows Franti’s singular ability to channel frustration into music that’s both thought-provoking and triumphantly hopeful. “Right now is a very challenging time for people, for our nation and the planet,” says Franti, a longtime activist and past recipient of Global Exchange’s Domestic Human Rights Award. “But I really believe that music can help fight war and violence and hatred. The world needs that more than ever now, so my intention with this album was to make music that could bring people together.” While each selection on SOULROCKER began with Franti working out melodies on his acoustic guitar, many of the album’s songs ultimately evolved into beat-powered tracks that reveal a close and nuanced understanding of the electronic genre. “One of the first records I had as a kid was a Kraftwerk seven-inch that I got from the giveaway bin at the UC Davis radio station KDVS,” recalls Franti, who grew up in Davis. “We always do a DJ set at the end of our shows, and I wanted to try bringing in those dance and electronic elements but still keep the organic instrumentation that I’ve always loved.” In a departure from the largely self-produced albums that comprise the rest of the Spearhead catalog, the band made SOULROCKER in collaboration with Jamaican producers Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor (son of reggae luminary Freddie McGregor) and Dwayne “Supa Dups” Chin Quee (known for his work with artists like Bruno Mars and John Legend). Though much of the album came to life on the road and in Franti’s home, the band also recorded in Miami’s Circle House Studios, a facility owned by the legendary reggae band Inner Circle. “It was a really vibrant place to be,” says Franti. “Talking with the Inner Circle guys about old recordings and when they played with people like Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. We felt like we were taking in generations of musical wisdom.”

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