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Taken from eastbayexpress.com (Sept. 08, 2004)

Critic's Choice for the week

September 8-14, 2004 | 2004-09-08


Michael FrantiWHIRLED PEAS

OK, so something really bad happened on September 11. But that doesn't mean that day has to resonate with fear, dread, and terror. The Power to the Peaceful festival offers a chance to make a strong antiwar/pro-peace statement this Saturday, simply by showing up and getting your groove on. And while a cavalcade of speakers -- including Democracy Now's Amy Goodman, Mario Africa, and Barbara Lubin -- will flex their freedom of speech rights to the fullest, the highlight of the afternoon will be a live performance by Michael Franti and Spearhead. Franti's socially aware lyrics and infectious rhythms -- touching on everything from funk to punk to folk to hip-hop -- are sure to turn Golden Gate Park's Speedway Meadow into one big fat conscious party. Other performers include String Cheese Incident, Gift of Gab, Xavier Rudd, and the John Butler Trio, plus DJs Miguel Migs, Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist, Jah Yzer, Adnan, Laird, Ellen Ferato, and Funklor. Go 'head and hug a tree, or maybe just the person next to you. Oh, and did we mention admission is free? 415-865-2170 or PowertothePeaceful.org (E.K.A.)


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