Preview: Michael Franti & Spearhead at Red Butte


Peace, love, and dreadlocks — and Utah’s all in. Michael Franti & Spearhead will play to a sold-out crowd Tuesday night at Red Butte Gardens. The show is part of Franti’s American/European “SoulRocker” tour. Franti, with his signature dreadlocks, tattoos, and bare feet, uses his music as a form of activism for peace and social justice. Franti merges rap, hip-hop, reggae and jazz to make a positive statement with his music. His multi-platinum single “Say Hey (I Love You)” embodies his easy-going, catchy musical style — you know you had that track on a mix CD in 2008. Franti has performed with his band Spearhead since 1994. He made a film in 2000 titled I Know I’m Not Alone, where he journeyed to the Middle East to see how war affects the area’s inhabitants.

“I make music for one reason; I care about people and I care about the planet we live in. Right now the world needs music that speaks out against hate and violence, that speaks up in support of the planet, in support of justice for all of humanity — and also makes you dance!” – Michael Franti

The show is sold out. Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7:30 with special guest Dustin Thomas.

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