social icons WMMM twitterfacebook RSS facebook twitter RSS Center

ConcertGoers

Concertgoers blog!



[Concert Review] Michael Franti & Spearhead

October 9th at the Overture Center.  Special thanks to www.trueendeavors.com Having performed music for over 20 years Michael Franti is no novice on the stage.  His performance on Saturday night was nothing short of exceptional.  Going in I was curious to see if Franti would play some of his older songs or stick to those from his newest release with Spearhead, Sound of Sunshine.  He did cover mostly material from the new album, and I was a little disappointed he didn’t branch into his older stuff a little more but hey, I’m far from complaining.  My personal favorite was the group’s rendition of I’ll Be Waiting. This track is a little more rock and sounded great inside the capital theater.  Other songs to be covered were Sound of Sunshine, Hey, Hey, Hey, and the best received was, of course, Say Hey (I Love You) which was the show closer.  For this last song he invited kids and seniors onto the stage with him and even enlisted the help of a young girl for the chorus.   Franti has rare stage presence.  He has a commanding aura about him that fills up a room and you can’t help but feel yourself acclimate with it. It’s like the sunshine and positivity shoot out at you from his eyes and you just feel yourself start to smile.  Not only is Franti an amazing front man but this group is filled with remarkable musicians.  Their performances with each other were very natural and comfortable.  I was especially impressed with guitarist Jay Bowman who had some great solos and even better enthusiasm.  Best parts of the show: -There was a packed house at the Capital Theater and it was a huge surprise for those of us in the balcony section when Michael and his guitar appeared up there with us.  He walked around all the way up to the top of the theater and then back down to the lower level to do a little more mingling before he went back to the stage.  And he didn’t miss a note the whole time. -A lot of people would kill to meet their favorite musicians but not many people ever get the chance.  Well for those of us who were at Michael’s concert on Saturday, we were in luck.  Michael jumped back into the crowd after the show to take pictures and give out hugs! Studio M was lucky enough to have Michael & Spearhead stop by.  Check out our interview here!

Share This: | More


 
10/12/2010 10:47AM
[Concert Review] Michael Franti & Spearhead
Please Enter Your Comments Below
Title :
Comment :
Listen Live (WMMM)
Playlist (WMMM)
Activate With M
Submit
We still miss you Stevie Ray Vaughan
It's hard to believe it's been 24 years since we lost Stevie Ray Vaughan in that helicopter crash after a show at Alpine Valley. I've talked to lots of people who were at that concert, which also featured Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, and...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: Donny Osmond "Soldier of Love"
It's hard to believe that Donny Osmond scored his second biggest solo hit in 1989, but it's true! "Soldier of Love" went all the way to #2 on the charts. When the song was released, the record company was afraid no one would buy a new Donny...
Read More
Butch Vig--the actor?
Butch Vig and his pal from Garbage Duke Erikson, Freedy Johnson, and Jay Moran get together every once in a while as "The Know-it-all Boyfriends." Well they're getting the band back together, and this time they're doing it for a good cause--to...
Read More
Kitty's Summer's Not Over Checklist
Summer slips through our fingers so quickly. It seems we were just celebrating the longest day of the year--and now Labor Day weekend is upon us! There are some things you wanted to do this summer that you haven't gotten around to yet, and...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: Exile "Kiss You All Over"
Kitty thought this song was an example of country disco and was not a fan...but just about everybody else was. "Kiss You All Over" was #1 for four weeks in 1978, and was probably one of the year's best songs. Exile rocks out with the song here...
Read More
The next Jonny Lang? Quinn Sullivan is the real deal
I was up in Wausau for the Big Bull Falls Blues Fest, and had a great time watching all the great live music. The big surprise of the day was the guy who played at 3pm. He's just 15 years old and is a good friend of Buddy Guy, and even got to play...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: Young MC "Bust a Move"
Kitty apppeared to be all alone on her dislike of this song, which made it to #7 on the charts in 1989. Rolling Stone described the song this way: "a G-rated funk-bomb integral to hip-hop's eventual mainstream acceptance." The G-rating probably...
Read More
The most beautiful spot in Dane County right now
If you get a chance to head out to Pope Farm Conservancy in the next couple of days--I highly recommend it! Pope Farm Conservancy is 105 acres that sits on top of three recessional moraines in the Town of Middleton, where three different watersheds...
Read More
 
Recent Blog Posts
We still miss you Stevie Ray Vaughan
It's hard to believe it's been 24 years since we lost Stevie Ray Vaughan in that helicopter crash after a show at Alpine Valley. I've talked to lots of people who were at that concert, which also featured Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, and...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: Donny Osmond "Soldier of Love"
It's hard to believe that Donny Osmond scored his second biggest solo hit in 1989, but it's true! "Soldier of Love" went all the way to #2 on the charts. When the song was released, the record company was afraid no one would buy a new Donny...
Read More
Butch Vig--the actor?
Butch Vig and his pal from Garbage Duke Erikson, Freedy Johnson, and Jay Moran get together every once in a while as "The Know-it-all Boyfriends." Well they're getting the band back together, and this time they're doing it for a good cause--to...
Read More
Kitty's Summer's Not Over Checklist
Summer slips through our fingers so quickly. It seems we were just celebrating the longest day of the year--and now Labor Day weekend is upon us! There are some things you wanted to do this summer that you haven't gotten around to yet, and...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: Exile "Kiss You All Over"
Kitty thought this song was an example of country disco and was not a fan...but just about everybody else was. "Kiss You All Over" was #1 for four weeks in 1978, and was probably one of the year's best songs. Exile rocks out with the song here...
Read More
The next Jonny Lang? Quinn Sullivan is the real deal
I was up in Wausau for the Big Bull Falls Blues Fest, and had a great time watching all the great live music. The big surprise of the day was the guy who played at 3pm. He's just 15 years old and is a good friend of Buddy Guy, and even got to play...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: Young MC "Bust a Move"
Kitty apppeared to be all alone on her dislike of this song, which made it to #7 on the charts in 1989. Rolling Stone described the song this way: "a G-rated funk-bomb integral to hip-hop's eventual mainstream acceptance." The G-rating probably...
Read More
The most beautiful spot in Dane County right now
If you get a chance to head out to Pope Farm Conservancy in the next couple of days--I highly recommend it! Pope Farm Conservancy is 105 acres that sits on top of three recessional moraines in the Town of Middleton, where three different watersheds...
Read More
Categories
Archives