Michael Franti and his band are surely having a gratifying month. After years of releasing issue-addressing, conscience-raising records, Michael Franti/Spearhead's All Rebel Rockers scored the musicians their highest chart position ever, entering the Billboard charts at #39, selling more than 12,000 copies in its first week. On September 2nd, the band shared the stage with Rage Against the Machine, Dead Prez and Anti Flag in protest of the Iraq war at the Republican National Convention. Additionally, Michael Franti's Power to the Peaceful music festival, headlined by Spearhead, Ziggy Marley, Waren Haynes and Rebelution, has grown steadily over the decade it has been in existence, and drew more than 70,000 fans to Golden Gate Park earlier this month. It would seem that dedication and hard work do pay off.
The band is currently on tour in the US. After playing the San Diego Street Scene with the likes of Beck, Cat Power and Vampire Weekend this Friday, Michael Franti and Spearhead will play the Hollywood Bowl with Ozomatli on Sunday. While in Los Angeles, Franti and his band will stop by the KCRW studios to appear on the renowned Nic Harcourt-hosted "Morning Becomes Eclectic." Then on the 23rd, the band will perform on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" on CBS.
Critics are cheering for All Rebel Rockers:
- "Franti is an artist the size of a forest, his music is merely one tree and All Rebel Rockers is one spiffy branch." URB
- "With the often exhilarating new record, Franti offers a set of elastic, expansive grooves that combine humane social concern and messages of love with pure thump." Boston Globe
- "At the end of the day, I can't deliver higher praise." San Francisco Bay Guardian
- "Infectious hooks, catchy choruses, stellar musicianship, top flight production and a mix of politically relevant and fun lyrics makes All Rebel Rockers another Spearhead gem." Jambase
Michael Franti and Spearhead continue touring the US through November.
Sep 19 - San Diego Street Scene - San Diego, California Sep 20 - The Pozo Saloon - Santa Margarita, California Sep 21 - KCRW's World Festival - Los Angeles, California - @ The Hollywood Bowl (with Ozomatli) Sept 24 - Cottonwood Park - Mancos, Colorado Sep 26 - Paolo Soleri Amphitheater - Santa Fe, New Mexico Sep 27 - Pine Mountain Amphitheater - Flagstaff, Arizona Sep 28 - Rialto Theatre - Tucson, Arizona Nov 7 - Royal Oak Music Theatre - Royal Oak, MI Nov 12 - Brown Theatre - Louisville, KY Nov 13 - Carnegie Hall of Homestead - Pittsburgh, PA Nov 14 - Palace Theatre - Albany, NY Nov 15 - Lupo's - Providence, RI Nov 16 - Orpheum - Boston, MA Nov 19 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC Nov 21 - Nokia Theatre - NYC Nov 22 - Nokia Theatre - NYC Nov 28 - Fillmore - Denver, CO Nov 29 - Fillmore - Denver, CO