Michael Franti & Spearhead Stay Human Tour prefaces new album

With a new album readying to drop, Michael Franti & Spearhead continue their 2018 summer run. The “Stay Human” Tour preludes Franti’s upcoming album Stay Human 2, also the soundtrack for the reggae-rocker/activist’s forthcoming self-directed documentary, Stay Human.

Of the upcoming tour, new music and film, Franti explains, “I’ve traveled the globe making music and throughout the years I’ve always hoped that it could inspire small steps towards making the world a better place. Struggling with the challenges of the world I began filming my new documentary, Stay Human, telling the stories of heroic everyday people who helped me to discover more deeply what it means to be and STAY HUMAN.”

Special guests on select tour dates include Victoria Canal and Dustin Thomas, with additional support from AHI and HIRIE. Michael Franti will also offer fans a new VIP Experience on select dates, including a pre-show Q&A, acoustic performance, and more. (See below for additional information and tour dates.)

Related: See Loud Girl Media’s photos & review from Michael Franti’s Soulrocker tour, for AXS.com here.

Franti began writing music as a way to process both the political landscape of the late 1980s and the unique sounds and ideas of his Bay Area upbringing. In 1994, Franti formed Michael Franti & Spearhead. Touring with his band, Franti continued to notice inequality and injustice both at home and abroad. The band released their seminal Stay Human album in 2000, reflecting on the unjust nature of the death penalty among other themes, to make sense of our common humanity in juxtaposition to near constant violations of human rights.

Franti released his first self-directed documentary I Know I’m Not Alone in 2005 to widespread critical acclaim. The film depicts his mission for peace in the Middle East, with a focus on the human cost of war. Franti visited warzones in Iraq, Israel, and Palestine again finding common connection, playing music to both soldiers and civilians regardless of affiliation.

Michael Franti & Spearhead continue to foster the community both on and off stage hosting large yoga meet ups prior to each show and with Michael and his wife Sara’s foundation Do It For The Love, a wish granting nonprofit that brings those with life threatening illnesses, veterans and children with severe challenges to concerts.

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Remaining MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD Stay Human Tour Dates
*VIP Experience available
Victoria Canal – June/July | Dustin Thomas – June | HIRIE – July/August | AHI – August

June 26 /// Boise, ID /// Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden*
June 27 /// Salt Lake City, UT /// Red Butte Garden*
June 29 /// Reno, NV /// The Plaza at Harrah’s Reno*
June 30 /// San Rafael, CA /// Marin County Fair
July 13 /// Hyannis, MA /// Cape Cod Melody Tent*
July 14 /// Greenfield, MA /// The Green River Festival
July 15 /// Union, ME /// Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery*
July 17 /// Hampton Beach, NH /// Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom*
July 18 /// East Providence, RI /// Bold Point Park*
July 20 /// Scranton, PA /// The Peach Music Festival
July 21 /// Jay, VT /// Stateside Amphitheatre at Jay Peak Resort*
July 22 /// Cohasset, MA /// South Shore Music Circus*
July 24 /// Ocean City, MD /// Seacrets*
July 25 /// Ocean City, MD /// Seacrets*
July 27 /// Asheville, NC /// Salvage Station*
July 28 /// Wilmington, NC /// Greenfield Lake Amphitheater*
August 4 /// Ninilchik, AK /// Kenai Peninsula Fair
August 10 /// Calgary, AB /// Grey Eagle Resort & Casino*
August 12 /// Regina, SK /// Regina Folk Festival
August 13 /// Winnipeg, MB /// Burton Cummings Theatre*
August 16 /// Vancouver, BC /// Commodore Ballroom*
August 19 /// Grande Prairie, AB /// Bear Creek Folk Festival
August 24 /// Moorhead, MN /// Roots on the Red
August 31 /// Aspen, CO /// Jazz Aspen Snowmass

 

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