10/31/2004 - Michael Franti


Since his days as a member of the Beatnigs while in his early twenties, Franti has grown from angry young hip-hopper with a political, socially conscious bent (the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Spearhead), to a man who has channeled his seriousness, his social unease, and his desire for change and merged them with his love for music, particularly old-school R&B, soul, and hip-hop. What he has left behind in brash, make-some-noise aesthetic he has gained in compassion. And through his use of his own raw power -- charisma, sex appeal, sense of social injustice -- he has carried out in his music a community-generated passion.Michael & Spearhead play that night at the McDonald with Sly & Robbie, Don't miss this great event.