See Michael Franti & Spearhead on Tuesday, 9/2

August 28th, 2009

Michael Franti not only deftly mixes hip-hop with jazz, funk, R&B, reggae and rock, but he also easily combines social commentary with music that makes you want to shake it. He’s been at it for a while—first with the Beatnigs and then the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. But since the release of 1994’s Home, led by “Hole in the Bucket,” Michael Franti & Spearhead have been making thoughtful, provocative music that inspires you to think and to dance. Their most recent album, All Rebel Rockers, came out last year. The single “Say Hey (I Love You)” has earned the band considerable attention and significant airplay. Check out the video, above, of Michael Franti & Spearhead performing it earlier this month, and then go see them play Terminal 5—with Venezuelan disco-funk outfit Los Amigos Invisibles opening—next Tuesday.