Michael Franti of Michael Franti and Spearhead is heading out on the road for a series of solo shows with just him and his acoustic guitar. Franti will be keeping things out West, starting off at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz, California on November 6, and then heading on to shows throughout Northern California, followed by shows in Nevada, Oregon, before crossing the border into Canada to the play Vancouver’s the Imperial on November 14 and Victoria’s Sugar Nightclub on November 15. Franti will then cross back into California to play the John Van Duzer Theatre in Arcata on November 17 and then make his way south, eventually making his way to San Diego to close out the tour with a show at the Belly Up Tavern on November 22.
Michael Franti first made a name for himself in the late 1980s with his first band, The Beatnigs, which blended spoken word lyrics with an industrial punk sound. He then formed the politically charged jazz-electronic-rap fusion group The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, which was active from 1991 to 1993. Franti formed Spearhead in 1994, which gained a reputation on the jam band circuit for their mix of funk and soul music. Franti is an active supporter of a variety of political and social justice causes, he’s also notoriously constant barefoot (wearing sandals for situation when shoes are required) and, of course, he’s a vegan.