Michael Franti & Spearhead Are Coming Your Way

October 27th, 2010

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 (above, playing “The Sound of Sunshine” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show) have been making thoughtful, provocative music that inspires you to think and to dance. Their most recent album, The Sound of Sunshine (which was inspired by Franti’s near-death experience last summer) came out about a month ago, and the band plays Terminal 5 on Thursday and The Wellmont Theatre on Friday.