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Old 11-27-2008   #1
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New Michael Franti - Friday @ The Fillmore

I just saw Michael Franti & Spearhead's new video/song called Hey World from their newest album Rebel Rocker and thought it was excellent. I am not sure about seeing a Michael Franti & Spearhead video since I am so used to seeing him in smaller clubs and that means he about to get big/popular/main stream but I respect him as a musician who has depth and vision in his music. If you all have never seen Michael Franti & Spearhead you should do yourself a favor and try to make the show tomorrow night at The Fillmore.

Here is his newest song:

From Wikipedia:
Michael Franti (born April 21, 1966, in Oakland, California) is an American poet, musician, and composer of African, American Indian, Irish, French, and German descent.[1] Franti is the creator and lead vocalist of Michael Franti & Spearhead, a band that blends hip hop with a variety of other styles including funk, reggae, jazz, folk, and rock. He is also an outspoken supporter for a wide spectrum of peace and social justice issues.
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We need some good music to inspire the world these days and I have a strange feeling Michael Franti & Spearhead might just get the ball rolling...

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Old 11-28-2008   #2
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Thanks Andy-

I saw him/them about 12 years ago or so in Phoenix, back when they were just Spearhead. I was in the front row, jumped up and down with him all night. I was also introduced to their opening act, BFE. not sure what they are up to, but both incredible groups. Fate has not been on my side to see them in my hometown, missed both stops they have had.

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Old 12-01-2008   #3
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I missed the show, but not without checking on tix. The wife has always been a huge Franti fan, and included in the weekends shows was a childrens matinee on Saturday. I'm with Andy, Franti is just the message that needs to make it to my 3yo, no watered down view of whats going on in the world. Unfortunately the show was sold out and we didn't make it. Sure would have been fun....
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Old 12-01-2008   #4
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the new spearhead album is the best they've put out to date. all of the songs are very insightful, as always with spearhead, but this album has a little different feel to it, sort of like a ska/reggae album. i highly recommend it.

we saw them at the free show in steamboat this summer, and they played a lot of songs from the new album at the show. crowd participation was better than any other spearhead show i've seen so far. unfortunately we were out of town for either of the shows this past weekend.

as far as spearhead going mainstream, they're already there. this album will only take it farther.
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