Michael Franti and Spearhead, Rock the Neighborhood

September 1, 2010 in Love, Music & Dance, Spiritual, Unity & Oneness, Vegan/Vegetarian by Tara

Should I even tell you how many times my friend Elle and I have attempted to see Michael Franti and Spearhead, live? Nah, because all that matters now, is that we finally did!!!!

After a filling dinner from the salad bar at Jason’s Deli, my friends and I headed over to The Neighborhood Theatre in NoDa a little early, to find some parking. We met in front of the theatre and decided to wait for a few more of our friends. As we stood outside, we heard Michael Franti songs being played. Our friend Carolyn was sure it was him playing. How could that be though? We were there early. I went inside to check, and sure enough it was him! They played a 20 minute mini set before things got started. Who does that???? [pause] Michael Franti and Spearhead do! How awesome!!!

After they went off, Dj Funklor hosted “Spearhead Idol”, where contestants from the crowd came up to sing along to songs. The dj said, the band likes to involve the crowd in their shows. He continued to play a handful of mixed tracks before the show started.

When Michael Franti and Spearhead hit the stage again, the room lit up with a roaring joy. The band was hopping up and down, reminding me of doing the “pogo” in my punk rocker days. They invited us to join right along and whale our hands in the air, all throughout the show. Waves of happy energy spread across the venue. You could see smiles everywhere you looked.

A few songs into the show, you couldn’t help but begin to sweat. The norm for some of us Yoga One “hot yoga” go’ers, where Michael Franti (a fellow vegan) makes an appearance when in town. The show was definitely hot in more ways than one. Not only was I on fire dancing, I felt the life inside of me dance. The band exploded with energy and ignited powerful guitar solos while Michael Franti pranced around in his grounding bare feet, shining his warm heart and lyrics to all of us.

Michael encouraged us to grab onto our friends and embrace them, 2 times during the show. I loved that (even though we were drenched in sweat)! He made sure to walk out to every part of the theatre, interacting with the audience as well as bringing some people up on stage. He did an amorous act of involving everyone and I thought it was beautiful. He is beautiful!

They played a perfect arrangement of songs, blending one right into the other. We heard songs off of their previous albums and their new album, “The Sound of Sunshine”. We even got to hear Michael Franti’s version of the Soft Cell song, “Tainted Love” and Louis Armstrong’s, “What a Wonderful World”.

I was fortunate to share a moment with Michael while he hung out for a bit – signing autographs, hugging and talking to people. We grabbed hands and looked into one another’s eyes and smiled from the heart. Quite simply, one of those beautiful moments in my life.

My musical interests have changed a bit, since being a conscious listener. I enjoy music with a positive message that I resonate with, that enlivens my true spirit. Michael Franti and Spearhead will take you there, to that happy place and a place of awareness. And even though Michael Franti says, “Now I’m not a highly metaphysical man” (in the song “Say Hey”), I absolutely think he is.

The night ended with a well deserving, cold refreshment over at Amelie’s Bakery with my friend, Ginger. Unfortunately they do not offer any vegan or raw desserts. Maybe we can encourage them to change that? They did have a vegan soup though, so I give them props for that. However it was way too hot to think of soup, or should I say, I was too hot?

Michael Franti and Spearhead’s new album, “The Sound of Sunshine” comes out Sept 21st 2010.

Dancing from my heart,

Tara :)

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