Michael Franti & Spearhead
Nov. 10, 2013
That's clear when Franti sings about love, when he asks, "How ya feelin?!" and when he shares a personal anecdote about growing up as an adopted child. "We were told to receive everyone as we would want to be received - regardless of their background, race or what school they went to," Franti told the crowd Sunday night. It's a message of positivity that persisted throughout Franti's 90-minute concert at the Fillmore.
Constantly jumping up and down while performing, Franti's energy is infectious as a good portion of the half-full Fillmore sang and danced along to every word. His guitar strap was emblazoned with the words "Stay Human" and, if you know the back story, he's been barefoot for more than a dozen years - until the people who make shoes can afford to buy them.
Franti always finds time to involve the crowd, making his way into the audience a handful of times to sing and dance in the middle of the floor, shake hands and give high-fives. He stretches out songs to get the crowd singing with him, or to extend a message of love or unity by repeating a chorus. Through it all, the 6-foot-6-inch frontman continues efforts to get the crowd's feet moving and bodies jumping.
Delette Nycum was my great-grandmother.
Goddamn this town is a drag.
His voice just creeps me out. That is all.