Michael Franti & Spearhead are joining country superstar Kenny Chesney, six-time Academy of Country Music/Country Music Association Duo of the Year Florida Georgia Line and three-time and reigning ACM/CMA Vocal Group of the Year Old Dominion on Chesney’s Chillaxification 2020 Tour.
Chillaxification 2020 kicks off April 18 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX and concludes August 28 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning September 26 at 10 a.m. local time through October 3 at 10 p.m. local time. General ticket sales begin at 10 a.m. local time on October 4. Franti is also on tour performing headlining dates throughout the fall; see below for a list of dates, with additional performances to be announced shortly.
“These stadium shows are the most fun thing I do,” says Chesney. “It’s been a year away from the stadiums, so when I get out there, I want to know No Shoes Nation is being rocked, having fun and getting all the music they can out of the day. We always try to do something different, bring someone new—and for anyone who’s never seen Michael Franti & Spearhead, just wait!”
Franti is touring with Spearhead in support of their critically acclaimed new album Stay Human Vol. II, out now on Thirty Tigers. Stay Human Vol. II is available for purchase and to stream at https://ffm.to/stayhumanvol2. The album debuted at #62 on the Billboard 200 chart as well as #1 on the Americana chart and #1 on the Independent Album chart. It also reached #1 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart.
Additionally, Franti recently appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to discuss the gun violence epidemic in America and share his music video for “The Flower” (feat. Victoria Canal), plus he performed at sessions for Paste and AOL Build.
Watch/share the video for “The Flower” (feat. Victoria Canal)—which reached #1 music video at iTunes—at http://smarturl.it/MFTheFlowerVideo. The video highlights a number of Everytown Survivor Network members and other gun violence survivors from mass shootings including Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Pulse Nightclub in Orlando and the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, as well as daily acts of gun violence in cities across America, and focuses on the power of healing and each person's ability to create their own positive change.
The writing on Stay Human Vol. II—which is co-produced by Franti alongside Ben Simonetti (Zac Brown Band, Shemekia Copeland, Blake Shelton), Niko Moon (Zac Brown Band), Kevin Bard (Fitz & The Tantrums) and others—was heavily influenced by Franti’s work on his new award-winning self-directed documentary, Stay Human. He explains, “I’ve traveled the globe making music and throughout the years I’ve always hoped that it could inspire small steps towards making the world a better place. Struggling with the challenges of the world I began filming my new documentary, Stay Human, telling the stories of heroic everyday people who helped me to discover more deeply what it means to be and STAY HUMAN.”
Stay Human has won an array of awards while on the festival circuit, including the RWJ Barnabas Health Award at the 2018 Asbury Park Music & Film Festival, the Audience Award at the 2018 Nashville Film Festival, the Audience Award and the Voice for Humanity Award at the 2018 ILLUMINATE Film Festival and the Soul in Cinema Award at the 2018 Maui Film Festival. The film is now available via on demand and digital platforms through Cinedigm. Watch/share the trailer for Stay Human at https://youtu.be/NaQu7n4NA6s.
Franti began writing music as a way to process both the political landscape of the late 1980s and the unique sounds and ideas of his Bay Area upbringing. In 1994, Franti formed Michael Franti & Spearhead. Touring with his band, Franti continued to notice inequality and injustice both at home and abroad. The band released their seminal Stay Human album in 2000, reflecting on the unjust nature of the death penalty among other themes, to make sense of our common humanity in juxtaposition to near constant violations of human rights.
Franti released his first self-directed documentary, I Know I’m Not Alone, in 2005 to widespread critical acclaim. The film depicts his mission for peace in the Middle East, with a focus on the human cost of war. Franti visited war zones in Iraq, Israel and Palestine again finding common connection, playing music to both soldiers and civilians regardless of affiliation.
Michael Franti & Spearhead continue to foster the community both on and off stage and with Michael and his wife Sara’s foundation Do It For The Love, a wish granting nonprofit that brings those with life threatening illnesses, veterans and children with severe challenges to concerts. Most recently, Franti was honored as a 2019 Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipient. His recent musical projects have included the Billboard #1 single “The Sound of Sunshine” (2010) and full-length releases All the People (2013) and SOULROCKER (2016), which topped the Billboard rock album charts at #4 and #5, respectively.
STAY HUMAN VOL. II
1. Little Things
2. Just To Say I Love You
3. The Flower (feat. Victoria Canal)
4. Only Thing Missing Was You 2 (feat. HIRIE)
5. Stay Human 2
6. Summertime Won’t Last Long
7. This World Is So F*cked Up (But I Ain’t Ever Giving Up On It)
8. You’re Number One
9. Enjoy Every Second (feat. AGodess)
10. Nobody Cries Alone
12. When The Sun Begins To Shine
13. Show Me Your Peace Sign
14. Take Me Alive
MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD LIVE
October 11—Oakland, CA—Fox Theater
October 13—Napa, CA—Jam Cellars Ballroom
October 14—Monterey, CA—Golden State Theatre
October 15—Grass Valley, CA—Center for the Arts
October 17—Grand Junction, CO—Avalon Theatre
October 18—Denver, CO—Mission Ballroom
October 19—Rapid City, SD—Rushmore Plaza Civic Center – Fine Arts Theater
October 21—Kansas City, MO—CrossroadsKC
October 22—Minneapolis, MN—State Theatre
October 23—Des Moines, IA—Des Moines Civic Center
October 24—Chicago, IL—Concord Music Hall
October 25—Royal Oak, MI—Royal Oak Music Theatre
October 26—Louisville, KY—Old Forester’s Paristown Hall
October 30—Cincinnati, OH—Riverfront Live
October 31—Cleveland OH—Agora Theatre
November 1—Philadelphia, PA—Franklin Music Hall
November 2—New London, CT—Garde Arts Center
November 4—Boston, MA—House of Blues
November 6—Huntington, NY—The Paramount
November 7—Montclair, NJ—Wellmont Theater
November 8—Silver Spring, MD—The Fillmore Silver Spring
November 9—Rocky Mount, VA—Harvester Performance Center
November 22—San Diego, CA—Wonderfront Music Festival
April 18—Arlington, TX—AT&T Stadium*
April 25—Milwaukee, WI—Miller Park *
May 2—Minneapolis, MN—U.S. Bank Stadium*
May 9—Tampa, FL—Raymond James Stadium*
May 16—Atlanta, GA—Mercedes-Benz Stadium*
May 22—Houston, TX—Minute Maid Park*
May 23—San Antonio, TX—The Alamodome*
May 30—Pittsburgh, PA—Heinz Field*
June 13—St. Louis, MO—Busch Stadium*
June 20—Columbus, OH—Ohio Stadium*
June 27—Nashville, TN—Nissan Stadium*
July 11—Kansas City, MO—Arrowhead Stadium*
July 18—Seattle, WA—Centurylink Field*
July 25—Chicago, IL—Soldier Field*
August 1—Inglewood, CA—SoFi Stadium*
August 15—Detroit, MI—Ford Field*
August 22—E. Rutherford, NJ—Metlife Stadium*
August 28—Foxboro, MA—Gillette Stadium*
* Chillaxification 2020 Tour with Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line and Old Dominion