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Michael Franti & Spearhead Announce New Album

04/09/2016
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(MSO) Michael Franti & Spearhead have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album 'Soulrocker' on Friday, June 3 via Fantasy Records, their first album for the label.

The band will also be hitting the road on a national headlining tour with multiple festival performances starting today, April 9 in Breckenridge, CO (see full tour dates below).

In creating Soulrocker--co-produced with Jamaican producers Stephen "Di Genius" McGregor (son of reggae luminary Freddie McGregor) and Dwayne "Supa Dups" Chin Quee (known for his work with artists like Bruno Mars and John Legend)--Michael Franti & Spearhead have introduced a new sensibility to their potent hybrid of hip-hop, rock, folk, and reggae: a gracefully arranged take on electronic music that more than fulfills the band's mission of making impassioned music you can dance to. Along with harnessing the Bay Area-based band's dynamic energy for a more powerful impact than ever before, SOULROCKER again shows Franti's singular ability to channel frustration into music that's both thought-provoking and triumphantly hopeful.

"Right now is a very challenging time for people, for our nation and the planet," says Franti, a longtime activist and past recipient of Global Exchange's Domestic Human Rights Award. "But I really believe that music can help fight war and violence and hatred. The world needs that more than ever now, so my intention with this album was to make music that could bring people together."

Michael Franti & Spearhead Tour Dates:
4/9 - Breckenridge, CO - Breckenridge Spring Fever
4/16 - Charleston, SC - Southern Ground Music & Food Festival
4/17 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Tortuga Festival
4/22 - New Orleans, LA - Nolafunk Jazzfest Series @ Republic
4/23 - Oxford, MS - Double Decker Arts Festival
4/24 - Atlanta, GA - Sweetwater 420 Festival
5/27 - Napa, CA - BottleRock Music Festival
5/29 - Monterey, CA - California Roots Music and Arts Festival
6/2 - Jim Thorpe, PA - Penn's Peak
6/3 - Pittsburgh, PA - Three Rivers Festival
6/5 - Hunter, NY - Mountain Jam
6/12 - Russell Township, OH - LaurelLive
6/15 - Portland, ME - Thompson's Point
6/16 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
6/17 - Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore
6/18 - Stratton, VT - Wanderlust Festival
6/19 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore
6/21 - Ann Arbor, MI - Ann Arbor Summer Festival
6/22 - Grand Rapids, MI - Meijer Gardens
6/24 - Des Moines, IA - Simon Estes Amphitheater
6/25 - St. Paul, MN - Twin Cities Jazz Fest
6/26 - Bayfield, WI - Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua
6/28 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall
6/30 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest
7/2 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Jazz Festival
7/29 - Kaslo, BC - Kaslo Jazz Festival
8/3 - Costa Mesa, CA - Pacific Amphitheatre
8/4 - Mammoth Lakes, CA - Mammoth Festival
8/5 - Flagstaff, AZ - Pepsi Amphitheater
8/6 - Durango, CO - Three Springs
8/7 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8/9 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden
8/11 - Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheater
8/12 - Troutdale, OR - Edgefield
8/13 - Tamarack, ID - The Huckleberry Jam
8/16 - Missoula, MT - Big Sky Brewing Company
8/17 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory Concert House
8/19 - Lake Tahoe, NV - MontBleu Resort & Casino
8/20 - Lincoln, CA - Thundervibes
8/25 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Avila Beach Resorts
8/26 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl
8/27 - Tucson, AZ - The Rialto Theatre
8/28 - Santa Fe, NM - The Santa Fe Opera House

Soulrocker Tracklisting:
1. Crazy For You
2. My Lord
3. Get Myself To Saturday
4. Summertime Is In Our Hands
5. We Are All Earthlings
6. Still Standing
7. Good To Be Alive Today
8. My Favorite Wine Is Tequila
9. Once A Day
10. We Do This Every Day
11. I Got Love For Ya
12. Do You Feel The Way That I Do?
13. Love Will Find A Way

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