Michael Franti w- Vistoria Canal & Dustin Thomas
June 22 • 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm• $48.50 - $55.
The musician, poet, spoken word artist and singer-songwriter Michael Franti will perform in The Cuthbert Amphitheater on Friday, June 22, 2018 with his band Spearhead and special guests Spanish-American singer-songwriter Victoria Canal and singer-songwriter Dustin Thomas opening the concert.
All ages general admission tickets are on sale now at all Safeway TicketsWest outlets, online at ticketswest.com, and the Cuthbert Box Office (show nights only), which includes city of Eugene facility and parking fees.
The Cuthbert box office and gates will open at 6 p.m. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.
For more information about Victoria Canal, please visit http://www.victoriacanal.com and https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaCanalMusic. For more information about Dustin Thomas, please visit https://lovedustinthomas.com and https://www.facebook.com/LoveDustinThomas.
Since his days as a member of the Beatnigs while in his early twenties, Michael Franti grew from an angry young hip-hopper with a political, socially conscious bent (the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Spearhead) to a man who channeled his seriousness, social unease, and desire for change and merged them with his love of music, particularly old-school R&B, soul, and hip-hop. What he left behind in brash, make-some-noise aesthetic, he gained in compassion. And through his use of his own raw power — charisma, sex appeal, sense of social injustice — he carried out in his music a community-generated passion in much the same way as Gil Scott-Heron or Marvin Gaye.
Franti was adopted at birth by white parents in the predominantly black community of Oakland, California. That set of contradictory circumstances instilled in him a hyper-awareness of his own cultural identity, as did the sobering fact that his more thoughtful, less provocative style of expression was not accepted by the African-American audience that had embraced a harsher, more combative faction of the hip-hop movement.
In 1986, Franti formed the drum’n’bass/industrial duo the Beatnigs with turntablist Rono Tse, disbanding after one album. He then formed the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, whose combination of jazz-influenced heavy rap set out to challenge the materialism and misogyny of what had become mainstream rap.
His next project, Spearhead, produced the critically acclaimed Home in 1990. The album contained the single, “Hole in the Bucket,” a thoughtful lament on the plight of the homeless, and “Positive,” which addressed the growing AIDS epidemic. The album boasted adept funk samplings, sinuous guitar vamps, and soulful, melodic tracks about family and social injustice.