Sign up for our mailing list Real artists creating records on their own terms
Close

Sign up for our mailing list

Press

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Michael Franti & Spearhead Display Spectacular, Crowd-Rousing Performance At The Hollywood Bowl

For Immediate Release
23 September 2008

Michael Franti & Spearhead Display Spectacular, Crowd-rousing Performance for 17,000 Foot-stomping Fans at the Hollywood Bowl

Performance on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" Airs October 2

Deluxe Limited Edition of All Rebel Rockers Available on Band's Webstore

Michael Franti & Spearhead wowed the crowd on Sunday night at this season's final installment of the KCRW World Festival series at the historic Hollywood Bowl. MTV.com was in the house and gushed "the World Fest concert was one of the most high-energy and just plain fun shows I've ever been to...Michael Franti & Spearhead had fans on their feet right from the start...the energy was really pumping through the crowd."

Superlative entertainers, the performance was a testament to the band's creativity and talent. Franti & Spearhead opened their set with a single spotlight focused on a giant boombox. An aggressive reggae beat had the sold-out crowd wondering if maybe they had wandered into a hip hop show by mistake, but once the band joined in and Franti ran on stage, the crowd was completely mesmerized by the original mix of reggae, pop and rock n roll. Accompanied by Kingston dancehall diva Cherine Anderson, who appeared on several tracks on Franti's/Spearhead's latest, All Rebel Rockers and who has collaborated with Madonna, Britney Spears and Sir Paul McCartney, Michael Franti and his band had even the most jaded Bowl-goers dancing through the entire set. At a time when all news seems to be bad news, Michael Franti & Spearhead reminded 17,000 concert-goers that night that there is fun to be had in hopefulness.

Gratifyingly for the venerable and hardworking band, All Rebel Rockers cracked the Top 40, entering the Billboard charts at #39, a first for Michael Franti & Spearhead. With multiple formats of the new release, including a super-deluxe version that features a CD, DVD, seven vinyl singles and a slew of extra items, All Rebel Rockers is Michael Franti's & Spearhead's most ambitious and interesting record yet.

Michael Franti and Spearhead on tour:

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

Michael Franti and Spearhead's artist page

Browse by Artist

1419All Artists 56Dr. Dog 51Sean Rowe 46The Milk Carton Kids 43Lost In The Trees 42Tinariwen 41Neko Case 41Mavis Staples
33Michael Franti and Spe... 33Galactic 31Jolie Holland 30Son Little 28William Elliott Whitmo... 27Man Man 25Bettye LaVette 25Saintseneca 23Jason Lytle 22Booker T. Jones 22Sage Francis 21Islands 20Daniel Lanois 20DeVotchKa 19Calexico 19Glen Hansard 19Doe Paoro 18Tom Waits 18Joe Henry 18Wilco 18Delicate Steve 17Tim Fite 17Grinderman 17Christopher Paul Stell... 17So Much Light 16Porter Wagoner 16Peter Silberman 15Yann Tiersen 15Xenia Rubinos 15Andy Shauf 14John K. Samson 14The Antlers 13The Coup 13Busdriver 13Rain Machine 12The Melodic 11Kelly Hogan 11Beth Orton 11Keaton Henson 11Prism Tats 11Japandroids 10Roky Erickson 10Os Mutantes 10Xavier Rudd 10Bob Mould 10Dead Man's Bones 10Beat Connection 9The Locust 9Mose Allison 9Marketa Irglova 9Kate Bush 9Jade Jackson 9Cameron Avery 8The Frames 8A Girl Called Eddy 8Greg Graffin 7Solillaquists of Sound 7The Field 7Alec Ounsworth 7The Dream Syndicate 6Ramblin Jack Elliott 6Broken Twin 6Kronos Quartet with Br... 6N.A.S.A. 6Pops Staples 6Deafheaven 6Cass McCombs 6The Drums 5The Weakerthans 5Tweedy 5Elliott Smith 5Cadence Weapon 5The Swell Season 5Girlpool 4Eddie Izzard 4Antibalas 4One Day As A Lion 4Muggs 4Petra Haden 4Arc Iris 4case/lang/veirs 3Danny Cohen 3Marianne Faithfull 3Sierra Leones Refugee... 3The Book Of Knots 3Curtis Harding 3Simian Mobile Disco 3Los Angeles Police Dep... 2Chuck E. Weiss 2Blackalicious 2Savath & Savalas 2Spoon (Europe only) 2Billy Bragg 2Lyrics Born 2Various Artists: RANGO 2Screaming Lights (Euro... 2Title Fight 1Nick Cave & The Bad Se... 1Various Artists: ROGUE... 1Rogue's Gallery 1Jeff Tweedy
See Full List+