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Franti feeling and healing the world

Who: Michael Franti and Spearhead

Where: Dusty’s Bar and BBQ

When: Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 8 & 9

All the Freaky People rise up, for the revolution is here. Michael Franti and Spearhead need no introduction for lovers of music with soul, passion, performance and positivity. The tall, beguiling San Francisco native is a songwriter, musician, activist, poet, father and spiritual human being who gives his all for what he believes. Franti takes the serious, the sad and the beautiful fragments of life and turns them into art and education through music.

We caught up with him just days away from finishing his new album, Everyone Deserves Music (due for release in the summer), and just minutes away from the start of his son’s birthday party. What a guy for fitting us in!

Pique: How exciting, being almost done on a new album. How’s it feel to be at this point?

MF: It’s a pretty emotional time for me actually. This album is something I’ve been working on for a long time. I started writing for it over a year ago and started recording in May. We tour so much that I would be on the road for a couple of weeks, then come in and record for a couple of weeks but it has every bit of my heart and soul in it.

Pique: I can’t imagine what it’s like to be on the verge of putting out a new project that means so much to you, especially for a performer who uses music in such a powerful and positive way.

MF: With the last record, Stay Human , if you listened to the whole album, by the time you were done you would be really moved because there were a lot of pieces that fitted together to make the whole story. But with this new album I’ve made some songs that do the same thing in three minutes. I feel these are some of the best songs I have ever written. I feel like there’s a few songs on it that I will look back and say these were the songs that became my contribution to the world.

Pique: Your music combines real issues, serious social commentary with funky danceable, fun beats – is that an intentional mix?

MF: I try to make the words have beautiful chords because I want it to work on a lot of different levels. I’m vying for space in this pop realm where so much is just about the beat or the hook of the song rather than what’s being said, so when trying to communicate in that world I need to be crafty about it.

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