| Michael Franti |
While many of his contemporaries have succumbed to mindless gay bashing, Franti has been an outspoken AIDS activist. And while many hip-hop MCs concern themselves with issues no more monumental than their own big-pimpin' lifestyle, Franti prefers to take on the military-industrial complex.
|Spearhead with Ziggy Marley|
| 7pm Tuesday |
$29 (day of show)
1174 E. Commerce
With Spearhead, Franti has found a musical vehicle whose breadth matches his own one-world social agenda. On the group's 2003 release, Everyone Deserves Music, Franti lends his gruff pipes to tracks that mix dancehall reggae, classic funk, and punk rock. Tellingly, his stirring anti-war diatribe, "We Don't Stop," borrows its groove not from an American hip-hop track, but from the Clash's "The Magnificent Seven," a British punk appropriation of rap. Franti has never been bound by convention, genre, or music-industry expectations, and he's not about to start now.
— Gilbert Garcia
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