On Thursday August 9, the visionary musician and activist Michael Franti and Spearhead along with Karsh Kale, the most prominent American leader of the Asian Massive movement, will both perform for a special night at the legendary Tipitina's Uptown.
Michael Franti is well-respected as a lifelong musician, activist, and poet, dating back to his initial work with the outspoken Beatniks in the late 1980's, and his rising exposure in the early 1990's with the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. Spearhead was formed by Franti in 1994; since that time, the group has toured relentlessly. Their incisive lyrics, soulful jams, and riveting stage presence make Michael Franti and Spearhead a show not to miss.
Spearhead's latest album Stay Human, is an enlightening musical meditation on social justice, legal injustice and the death penalty. Franti's socially focused lyrics and Spearhead's infectious soul, funk, and hip-hop take the listener to a higher level.
Opening the show is Karsh Kale, a percussionist/songwriter who has been recognized as the most influential American in today's Asian Massive movement. Kale mixes traditional Eastern sounds with drum 'n' bass, trance, reggae, and ambient electronica. Kale has previously collaborated with Herbie Hancock, DJ Spooky, Zakir Hussain, and Banco de Gaia. At Tipitina's Uptown, he will perform solo tabla over pre-recorded instrumentation and beats.
The show starts at 9 pm and tickets are five dollars. It's one not to miss!
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