ARISE Festival Adds Michael Franti & Spearhead for Inaugural Lineup

Article Contributed by Tsunami Publicity | Published on Monday, July 8, 2013

ARISE Festival just announced headlining artist Michael Franti and Spearhead to complete the 100+ performer lineup that encompasses a variety of musicians, independent films, workshops and environmental speakers over three days and nights this August at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, Colorado.
Featuring a wildly diverse lineup united by common goals and like-minded audiences, ARISE will also host Australia's Xavier Rudd, an eclectic singer-songwriter with a powerful message; Keller & the Keels, led by iconic Americana and roots rocker Keller Williams; and Zap Mama, the poly-ethnic, polyphonic vocal ensemble led by Marie Daulne. Colorado’s own Michal Menert headlines the electronic portion of the bill, with luminaries in the field like Random Rab, David Starfire, and Desert Dwellers. Other favorites include Greensky Bluegrass, Toubab Krewe, The Motet, Chali 2Na (formerly of Jurassic 5), newly emerging Nahko & Medicine for the People, and a who’s-who of social advocates, outspoken performers, and progressive musicians that leaves no taste untapped.
Headliner Michael Franti and Spearhead has gained a worldwide audience through extensive touring and word of mouth fan support. His hit 2009 single, “Say Hey, I love you”, peaked at number five on the VH1 Top 20 countdown, appears frequently on feature film soundtracks, and was covered by “The Chipmunks and The Chipettes” for Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. A prolific writer, Franti's 2010 release Sound of Sunshine debuted in the top 17 Billboard Hot charts, breaking the musician into the mainstream airwaves of AAA radio and dance stations around the world. Now on tour in support of their brand new single, “I’m Alive” (Life Sounds Like, 2013), Michael Franti and Spearhead continue to gain influence in both popular music and social movements alike.
With a focus on environmental sustainability the camping festival aims to bring conscious living to the forefront including a variety of opportunities for festival-goers to gain inspiration and education from some of the nation’s best educators, independent film makers and leaders in environmental advocacy. Presenters Julia Butterfly Hill, Daryl Hannah, and Leilani Münter will bring topics ranging from conservation, biofuels and energy alternatives, and sustainability to life with incredible stories of triumph and tragedy from years spent on the front lines.
Set in an ideal location for a conscious living event, ARISE will take place on 100 acres of lush valley  nestled between pine-covered hills of red sandstone at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. The three-day event will kick off on August 14th in Loveland, Colorado. Tickets are on sale now with opportunities for upgraded VIP camping and VIP tickets, full weekend passes, Friday/Saturday and Saturday only passes at