Michael Franti & Spearhead are set to tour the U.S. this summer, beginning June 1 at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. The “Stay Human” Tour comes in anticipation of Franti’s upcoming new album Stay Human 2, due this June, and provides the soundtrack for Franti’s forthcoming self-directed documentary, Stay Human.

Of the upcoming tour, new music and film, Franti explains, “I’ve traveled the globe making music and throughout the years I’ve always hoped that it could inspire small steps towards making the world a better place. Struggling with the challenges of the world I began filming my new documentary, Stay Human, telling the stories of heroic everyday people who helped me to discover more deeply what it means to be and STAY HUMAN.”

Special guests on select tour dates include Victoria Canal and Dustin Thomas, with additional support from AHI and HIRIE. Michael Franti will also offer fans a new VIP Experience on select dates, including a pre-show Q&A, acoustic performance, professional photo with Michael and an autographed VIP item. See below for additional information and a list of dates.

Franti began writing music as a way to process both the political landscape of the late 1980s and the unique sounds and ideas of his Bay Area upbringing. In 1994, Franti formed Michael Franti & Spearhead. Touring with his band, Franti continued to notice inequality and injustice both at home and abroad. The band released their seminal Stay Human album in 2000, reflecting on the unjust nature of the death penalty among other themes, to make sense of our common humanity in juxtaposition to near constant violations of human rights.

Franti released his first self-directed documentary I Know I’m Not Alone in 2005 to widespread critical acclaim. The film depicts his mission for peace in the Middle East, with a focus on the human cost of war. Franti visited warzones in Iraq, Israel, and Palestine again finding common connection, playing music to both soldiers and civilians regardless of affiliation.

*VIP Experience available

Victoria Canal – June/July | Dustin Thomas – June | HIRIE – July/August | AHI – August

May 26—Napa, CA— BottleRock Napa Valley
June 1—Morrison, CO— Red Rocks Amphitheatre (w/ Xavier Rudd)

June 8—Tucson, AZ— The Rialto Theatre*

June 9—Taos, NM — Kit Carson Park* (w/ The Wailers)

June 12—Los Angeles, CA— The Theatre at Ace Hotel*

June 14—Santa Barbara, CA— Live Oak Music Festival

June 16—Jacksonville, OR— Britt Pavilion (2 shows)

June 17—Goldendale, WA— Maryhill Winery*

June 19—Bend, OR— Les Schwab Amphitheater*

June 22—Eugene, OR — Cuthbert Amphitheater*
June 23—Woodinville, WA— Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery* (w/ John Butler Trio)

June 24—Woodinville, WA— Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery* (w/ John Butler Trio)

June 26— Boise, ID— Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden*

June 27— Salt Lake City, UT— Red Butte Garden*

June 29— Reno, NV— The Plaza at Harrah’s Reno*

June 30—San Rafael, CA— Marin County Fair

July 13—Hyannis, MA— Cape Cod Melody Tent*

July 14—Greenfield, MA— The Green River Festival

July 15—Union, ME— Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery*

July 17—Hampton Beach, NH—Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom*

July 18—East Providence, RI— Bold Point Park*

July 20—Scranton, PA—The Peach Music Festival

July 21—Jay, VT— Stateside Amphitheatre at Jay Peak Resort*

July 22—Cohasset, MA—South Shore Music Circus*

July 24— Ocean City, MD—Seacrets*

July 25—Ocean City, MD—Seacrets*

July 27—Asheville, NC— Salvage Station*

July 28—Wilmington, NC—Greenfield Lake Amphitheater*

August 4—Ninilchik, AK—Kenai Peninsula Fair

August 10—Calgary, AB—Grey Eagle Resort & Casino*

August 12—Regina, SK— Regina Folk Festival

August 13—Winnipeg, MB—Burton Cummings Theatre*

August 16—Vancouver, BC—Commodore Ballroom*

August 19—Grande Prairie, AB—Bear Creek Folk Festival

August 24— Moorhead, MN—Roots on the Red

August 31—Aspen, CO— Jazz Aspen Snowmass

About RJ Frometa

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