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Taken from Missoulian (Jan 25, 2008)

Franti set for Missoula and likely a party


Michael Franti
Spearhead, the reggae/funk/hip-hop group fronted by the social activist, musician and poet Michael Franti, is coming to the Wilma Theater on March 27.

The concert was announced Thursday by PorterHouse Productions, a Bozeman concert-promotion company owned by Sam Porter.

According to a widely circulated news release, the concert will also involve a pre-concert party featuring live music at Missoula's Mobash Skate Park.

But that announcement surprised the Missoula Skatepark Association, said one MSA board member.

“It caught us a little off guard,” said Andy Kemmis. “He did contact us, but nothing was arranged.

“I think maybe he was working off assumptions.”

Porter said the press release may have been premature, but was looking forward to cooperating with the MSA to arrange some sort of pre-concert party at the park.

e to take the initiative.”

and renamed it Michael Franti & Spearhead. Combining essences of reggae, world music, jazz, funk and hip-hop, Franti's music often deals with themes of war and peace, social justice and environmentalism.

The band's 2006 album “Yell Fire!” was inspired by Franti's trips to Iraq and the Middle East, including Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. That album includes the popular anti-war song, “Light Up Ya Lighter.”

Michael Franti & Spearhead also play in Bozeman the night after the Missoula concert.

Franti last appeared in Missoula in 2003, playing a sold-out show at the Wilma.

Reporter Jamie Kelly can be reached at 523-5254 or at jkelly@missoulian.com

Tickets on sale Saturday

Tickets to the March 27 Michael Franti & Spearhead concert at the Wilma go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. They're $30 in advance, $35 the day of the show and available at Rockin Rudy's, The Source in the UC, Ear Candy Music and online at http://www.porterhouseproductions.com/


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