I wrote this review in October 2010. Franti & Spearhead just released a new album this week, so I thought this is appropriate for Throwback Thursday this week.
With fresh new material, a lot of energy, and a growing fan base, Michael Franti & Spearhead are making the most of the moment. On Friday, Oct. 1, Franti & Spearhead had their first show in Little Rock, AR at The Village.
Franti & Spearhead really know how to put on a show. The venue wasn’t completely full, but it felt like it after the show started out with “Love Don’t Wait,” from the band’s latest studio production, The Sound of Sunshine.
Michael Franti & Spearhead @ The Village | Little Rock, AR
There was a lot of dancing, singing along and jumping around. The mood mellowed out for only a couple of songs, but most of the time the energy overflowed. The second song of the set was “The Thing That Helps Me Get Through,” a fast paced tune heavy on the electric guitar. I’m pretty sure Franti didn’t stop jumping around the stage throughout the whole song. And when you see a man 6’6″ jumping high, you can’t help but try to join him.
There were old favorites played, like “Rude Boys Back in Town,” “Everyone Deserves Music,” “Sweet Little Lies,” and “Yell Fire!”
A great deal of audience participation made the show very memorable. For “Hey Hey Hey” and “Yell Fire!” Franti got off the stage and went around singing, hugging, lending the mic to fans and making people’s nights awesome.
Franti’s message of love and social consciousness stayed with me the whole weekend. You have to make sure to check him out next time he comes near you. It’s a great experience. Although, it seems he’s done with the Southern part of the tour.
The opening act that night was Tamarama. An Australian rock/pop band that I didn’t know anything about. I only caught the last couple of songs of their set, but I really liked what I heard. And I’ll definitely look more into their music.
Franti’s last song of the night was “Say Hey,” the hit song that seemed to bring people to finally notice Franti. If you haven’t yet, go check out his new album and extend your summertime bliss. Or if you want a good ol’ mix of his music, make a play list from the setlist of the Little Rock show:
Setlist: Love Don’t Wait > The Thing That Helps Me Get Through > Rude Boys Back In Town > Hello Bonjour > Anytime You Need Me > Shake It > Everybody Ona Move > Everyone Deserves Music > Sweet Little Lies > The Sound of Sunshine > Don’t Look Back (Peter Tosh) > Hey World > Hey Hey Hey > Yell Fire! > I’ll Be Waiting
Encore: I Got Love For You > Say Hey
Enjoy the rest of the photos from that night.