Power to the Peaceful: 9/6

FREE Music, Arts and Yoga Fest Set for September 6 in Golden Gate Park
With Yoga Classes at Yoga Flow Castro on September 7

Michael Franti
September 6, 2008, will mark the 10th anniversary of famed musician, filmmaker and activist for peace Michael Franti's free 911 Power to the Peaceful Festival (PTTP) in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Beginning in 1998, this music, arts and yoga festival, dedicated to educating attendees on issues of social justice, non violence, coexistence and environmental sustainability, has become a staple of San Francisco. Growing from a crowd of 6,000 ten years ago to an estimated 60,000+ for this year's weekend event, PTTP is one of the nation's largest free annual music, art and action festivals with a variety of international musicians and artists, renowned keynote speakers and over 200 exhibitors/vendors.

The weekend-long festival begins on Saturday, September 6, with appearances by such musicians as Michael Franti and Spearhead, Ziggy Marley, Warren Haynes, King Britt, Cheb i Sabbah, and a variety of renowned DJ's and other international acts. Throughout the event, various speakers including Namkha Rinpoche Lama, will address these various issues on the main festival stage and participate in the Amnesty International Sponsored Social Forum Speaker Tent. The Mezzanine in San Francisco will host the Festival AFTERPARTY, featuring an Allstar Jam Session and DJ dance party. Sunday, September 7 will offer a day of yoga at Yoga Flow Castro hosted by Power to the Peaceful Yoga. PTTP is committed to working with the best teachers available to provide free yoga to those in need and to bring yoga to people and places around the world (prisons, schools, developing nations) who have never had the opportunity to experience its many benefits. Visit www.powertothepeaceful.org/yog for class schedule and other details. Again this year, Conscious Alliance will host a Food Drive. PTTP attendees are encouraged to bring ten non-perishable food items to redeem for an exclusive PTTP Food Drive Poster. All donations will go to benefit the San Francisco Food Bank (www.SFfoodbank.com).

Past artists and speakers of the event include: Indigo Girls, The String Cheese Incident, John Butler Trio, KRS-1, Digital Underground, Woody Harrelson, Angela Davis, Saul Williams, Dennis Kucinich, Ram Das, Blackalicious, Alice Walker, Talib Kweli, The Coup, Keller Williams, DJ Spooky, Lyrics Born, graffiti artist Vulcan, Youth Speaks Poets, Julia Butterfly Hill, and many more.

International recognition of this event reached a new level in 2007, when PTTP went abroad, initiating events in both South America and Africa. No matter where this Festival takes place, it is committed to sustainability via innovative recycling programs, initiating partnerships with other sustainable organizations and encouraging the use of "green" yoga products.

For more information on the 2008 911 Power to the Peaceful Festival, please visit www.powertothepeaceful.org.

10th Annual Power to the Peaceful Music and Arts Festival Schedule:

Saturday, September 6
Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Admission is FREE

Power to the Peaceful After Party
9pm, Mezzanine (444 Jessie Street @ Mint)
Music by Michael Franti & Spearhead, PTTP All Star Jam Session with special guests
Plus live DJ sets
Tickets are $15.00 and available now at www.powertothepeaceful.org.

Sunday, September 7
SUNDAY YOGA JAM with special performance by Michael Franti
97 Collingwood St. (@18th St.) in S.F.
Seane Corn
Shiva Rae of Trance Zen Dance>with DJ Dragonfly
Nicki and Eddie of Maya Yoga
Janet Stone
Acro Yoga with Jason Nemer and Jenny Sauerklein
$35/class; $55 for two classes; $80 for three; $110 for four classes
Tickets available now at www.powertothepeaceful.org.

One of the most moving and politically charged writers, Michael Franti and his band Spearhead, return with their eagerly-awaited album, All Rebel Rockers, on September 9, via Anti-Records. Recorded in Kingston, Jamaica, with reggae's most prolific production teams, Sly & Robbie (No Doubt, Alicia Keys, Sean Paul, Bob Dylan), this new release deviates from Franti's previous sound and comprises a hybrid dub-infused soul flavor with some hard-hitting dub rock production. Alongside Dave Shul (guitars), Manas Itene (drums), Carl Young (bass) and Raleigh Neal (keyboards), the album also features ZapMama founder Marie Daulne and Jamaican soul/dancehall star Cherine Anderson.


[Published on: 7/18/08]

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GammaJamma Fri 7/18/2008 12:02PM
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Yeah for Yoga! It was great at rothbury when franti played guitar for us in the early morning. wish i were on the west coast again.

BoobJob1098 Fri 7/18/2008 12:35PM
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ah memories of Echo

iwantstogetfunkedup starstarstarstar Fri 7/18/2008 02:32PM
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You can't beat a great FREE show in Golden Gate Park like this one and the Hardly Strictly Blugrass! Nice goin' Michael Franti for putting on a free show for the people and keepin' it running for 10 years.

allthink Fri 7/18/2008 06:08PM
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I love Franti, you're an asshole if you dont...if you dont, tell me why, an honest music reason?

astroworms Fri 7/18/2008 08:13PM
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lizardking1 Fri 7/18/2008 09:28PM
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i love franti and love his music but i wish he would just play more of a variety at his shows. I don't mind when musicians do it, but he plays so many festivals and dates I attend that I would like to see some more from him.

Mountain_Icculus Fri 7/18/2008 11:38PM
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i don't "love" franti.

HoodooVoodoo starstarstarstarstar Sat 7/19/2008 10:36AM
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Franti seems like a good guy, but in my humble opinion he is really annoying. If I have to hear "How you feelin'?" again I will probably vomit uncontrollably. I am not in the camp of people who likes to be told to "throw your hands in the air." I guess I'm just not one of the sheep.

Darkdragon544 Sat 7/19/2008 01:01PM
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Listen I'm never one to get involved with the back and forth bickering of online blogs, but I agree with HooDoo, Franti is nice as hell, he's got a great message and to be honest Spearhead is actually pretty good, but Franti's music itself is just awful the lyrics are terrible, the only thing worse is when he freestyles I once herd the man rhyme Yonder Mountain with Fountain than Mountain again, its just brutal. He butchers great songs like Sublime's What I Got by actually not knowing the words, and than throwing in some "Put Your Hands Up" to cover it up. And You really have to admit that after the 45th "How You Feelin" your really just want to kill the guy. Plus he can't play guitar so why bother trying. Anyway angry Franti fans have a field day with my comment tell me how much i don't understand his music and that i need to go see more of his shows, because obviously 5 isn't enough, but i'll have to disagree.

Project601 Sat 7/19/2008 01:47PM
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Maybe jambase is just waiting for us all to get our heads out of our asses and come together or some shit, people. Or are we going to leave this bullshit to Mr. Franti and all our retarded superhero rockstars???

dcbugher Sat 7/19/2008 01:58PM
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project, wtf are you talking about? why do we have to get together and have a big yoga party?

i have to agree w/ everyone who said that he plays the same songs again again, his lyrics arent that great, and he isnt that great at guitar

granola Sun 7/20/2008 12:01PM
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Somebody needs to tell Frant to stop asking the crowd "how ya doing" wherever he is 200 times a show. Its pretty annoying

granola Sun 7/20/2008 12:03PM
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sorry hoodoovoodoo u beat me to it i guess i shouldve read the comments before i commented either way it needs to stop

PunkJazz Sun 7/20/2008 06:48PM
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Franti will bone your girlfriend.

HoodooVoodoo starstarstarstarstar Sun 7/20/2008 07:44PM
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And after he bones her he will say "HOW YOU FEELIN'?!!!" And then he would tell you to "wave your hands in the air"...At which point I would congratulate him for contracting herpes and tell him that it's not actually my girlfriend, but rather a local prostitute.

Easy as Pi 3.14 Mon 7/21/2008 01:35PM
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Easy as Pi 3.14

If I have to hear franti say HOW YALL FEELIN' one more time, I'm gonna jump for joy cuz that would mean I'm at another Franti show. His repetition may bore you, but think of that phrase as a mantra that bellows up your innermost good/bad feelings and gives you the opp. to let go and reach a fresha state of being!

cavemandan Tue 7/22/2008 02:15PM
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all rehearsed repetitive music is so lame...there aint one real organic band out there that does something different every show except for HIP E, but they don't suck up promoters asses so ya will prolly never see em live

thehurricane23 Thu 7/24/2008 10:52AM
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I used to really hate on Franti. Had seen him do some really terrible shows. And like Darkdragon says, he just cant freestyle. With Warren Haynes on Play With Fire his rhymes suck. But I'll at least say that the last time I saw him he did not ask us one time (that I remember) to put our hands up. Did tell us once or twice to "jump". The show at ALLGOOD was MOSTLY reggae and dub. It must be from his new record cause it wasn't like what I had seen in the past from him, and was actually pretty good. I posted on here about how much better it was than I remembered from last time I had to see him. Seriously how can you like "Taxi-Radio".

thehurricane23 Thu 7/24/2008 11:00AM
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This is one of those situations where looks are put over music. The girls get off on Franti, which is fine, hell I may go to DMB this week for the girls. But lets be honest, if he was a scrawny bald white guy he would not be on stage. It just upsets me because there are other artists out there who are SO much better that are living lives of poverty and anonymity.

AND NEVER PAY FOR YOGA!!! I'll show you for free. Paying for Yoga is like paying for confession or communion or something. What if your church wouldn't let you come unless you had 35 bucks to donate? See the hypocrisy? But San Fran is filled with hippiecrits, I've met enough of them to know.

deadspearit Thu 9/4/2008 04:21PM
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i love him tooo!!!!

if you dont, keep it to yourself-

cause i dont act peaceful if youre not that way to me