|Saturday, July 19th, 2014 7:00 PM|
CruCon Cruise Outlet Main StageThe Soulshine Tour Featuring
MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD / SOJA
BRETT DENNEN and TREVOR HALL
Magic Hat StageRoots of Creation (6:00 PM)
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Michael Franti & Spearhead
Pushing boundaries, musically, lyrically, and socially, Michael Franti has been an artist of conscience who with the power of his group Spearhead has continued to challenge himself and his audience to seek fresh perspectives on our ever changing planet. Exploring new ideas, the music of Spearhead has a soulful personality with a provocative voice and style that breaks fresh ground in black music. The band’s 1994 Capitol Records release debut disc, entitled Home, received critical acclaim for its unique blend of rap, reggae, soul and mixed with equal parts of social and political consciousness.
Franti (in his tenth year of touring and recording) is a poet, a onetime college basketball player and a former member of The Beatnigs, as well as the aggressive rap group Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. A six-foot-six Bay Area resident, Franti’s smooth rap flow leads the Spearhead crew, which includes vocalist Trinna Simmons, Rasta chanter Ras I Zulu, drummer James Gray, guitarist David James, Carl Young (who has now moved from bass to keyboards) and new vocalist and bassist Oneida James.
Spearhead’s debut LP Home spawned such jazzy, soulful singles as “People In the Middle,” MTV Buzz Bin favorite and CLIO winner “Hole In the Bucket” and the ground-breaking track “Positive,” which also appeared on the LP Stolen Moments: Red Hot & Cool, the first project from the hip hop community dealing with the subject of AIDS. Stolen Moments...was also voted Time magazine’s Record of the Year in 1994.
The track “Positive” and its music video deal with the anxiety surrounding the decision to get tested for HIV. “It’s better to know than to not know,” says Franti in “Positive,” a message the African American HIV/AIDS Program of the Red Cross (in collaboration with Capitol Records and Spearhead) have chosen as the centerpiece for their teen outreach efforts in 1996. The video has been distributed to their Statewide HIV/AIDS networks and over 700 local youth groups and detention centers are currently using the video with much success.
Their second release, out in 1997, is entitled Chocolate Supa Highway and is described by Franti as “the other side of the information super highway. The Black realm. The way we as black people communicate...through music, voice, ideas, and that comes from a shared history of battling to retain our way of living in the face of colonialism...hip hop is our worldwide internet. The album is about inspiration, not information. Most of the stories on the record come from my experiences of traveling around the world on tour and seeing the global warmth hip hop has spread. It’s time to recount the events of the last century and begin to hold accountable, the fraternity of good ol’ boys, coke smugglin’ politricksters, and well-dressed slime balls, for the misdeeds they have perpetrated upon “Us”, the dependable, good natured, herb using, hip hop generation.”
Chocolate Supa Highway is a stronger, more aggressive collection than Spearhead’s debut. “The new album takes a broad perspective on music and the world without losing the essence of the streets, where music lives. The songs were given birth in our camp’s new compound, Blak Militia studio, which serves not only as a sweaty work space, but a meeting place for likeminded artists, Rastas, Roots rebels, and hip hop revolutionaries from all around the Bay Area. The combination of all the people who chill and vibe at the studio creates a sauce which is the flavor of this album. Hot Chocolate Sauce that is.”
Michael has been busy producing many new projects and remixes, including new rapper Ismail El A.K.A. The Invisible Man, and a solo album for Spearhead’s rapturous vocalist Trinna Simmons. Spearhead has recently completed 35 U.S. dates on The House of Blues’ Smokin’ Grooves tour with the likes of The Fugees, Cypress Hill, Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes and Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. As a result of the camaraderie spawned with Ziggy’s younger brother Stephen Marley, a secret collaborative recording took place in Spearhead’s Blak Militia studio. The single (3 O'Clock Roadblock) will be released first in Jamaica and then featured as a track on Spearhead’s new album.
Get ready for your journey down the Chocolate Supa Highway with Spearhead to once again explore what URB Magazine described as “a sense of balance between thought and rhythm, intellect and grooves"
Mention folk music to the average listener and the list of usual suspects come to mind: Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Woody Guthrie, etc. Talk to SOJA lead singer/guitarist Jacob Hemphill, however, and you’ll walk away with a different perspective. “To me, Rage Against The Machine, Wu-Tang Clan, Sade, Johnny Cash, Bob Marley – they’re all folk artists,” he says. “There’s no difference between Raekwon saying, ‘I grew up on the crime side, the New York Times side, where staying alive was no jive,’ to Bob Marley saying, ‘Cold ground was my bed last night and rock was my pillow, too,’ to Johnny Cash saying, ‘I know I had it coming, I know I can’t be free, but those people keep on moving (around) and that’s what tortures me.’ Folk is all about storytelling and passing on a legacy. It’s timeless, it’s limitless and it crosses all boundaries. That’s what this band is striving for. It’s a tall order,” he laughs, “but we’re making our way.”
They’ve raised the bar with Strength to Survive, their fourth full-length album, an intoxicating mix of hot-rod reggae grooves and urgent, zeitgeist-capturing themes. The album, produced by John Alagia (Dave Matthews, John Mayer, O.A.R.), is the band’s first for ATO, the label co-founded by Dave Matthews.
Hemphill says the album was greatly inspired by Bob Marley’s Survival. “That’s the greatest reggae album ever made,” he says. “It has the best basslines and the best lyrics ever heard on one record. Marley wrote it after he went to Africa. I was 13 or 14 when I listened to it for the first time and it triggered all these long-forgotten memories of when I lived in Africa as a kid.My dad was an IMF res rep in Liberia in the late 80’s. I remember when the coup first started—- my family had to hide in these iron bathtubs for 3 days because the military was shooting at everything. I was 7 and that was one of my first memories. We made it out on the last flight. So Africa was always a big part of our lives—- it defined our family, in a way. Music came right afte
Shortly after returning from Africa, Hemphill met Bobby Lee (bass) in the first grade in Virginia. The two instantly became best friends, finding common ground through their love of hip hop, rock and reggae which they performed together at their middle school talent shows. Throughout high school, they met Ryan Berty (drums), Kenneth Brownell (percussion) and Patrick O’Shea (keyboards) and together formed SOJA. The band gigged locally in the DC area while a couple of the guys finished school, all the while making plans to hit the road after graduation. They actually wound up owning the road.
Over the course of the past few years, SOJA has sold more than 200,000 albums, headlined large theaters in more than 20 countries around the world, generated over 40 million YouTube views, amassed nearly 2 million Facebook fans, and attracted an almost Grateful Dead-like international fanbase that grows with each tour, with caravans of diehards following them from city to city. Most impressive of all, they’ve accomplished all this on their own. This 8-piece band has spent the past year and a half grinding it out from venue to venue, playing more than 360 dates, including headlining sold-out tours of North and South America, as well as opening for O.A.R. and sharing stages with everyone from Dave Matthews Band to Matisyahu.
With Strength to Survive, the band makes an impassioned call for unity and change with universally relatable songs about faith, hope and love. “I could go on and on about the horrible damage we’ve done to the earth or the problems that arise when countries compete for money over an imaginary border, but the album has one central theme,” says Hemphill, “and that’s our hope for the world to be one family.”
It’s a concept best exemplified in the song “Everything Changes.” “People out there with no food at night,” sings Hemphill, “And we say we care, but we don’t, so we all lie/But what if there’s more to this, and one day we become what we do, not what we say/Maybe we need to want to fix it. Maybe stop talking, maybe start listening/ maybe we need to look at this world less like a square and more like a circle.”
Among the album’s many highlights is the ethereal “Let You Go,” about the road not taken, “Mentality,” the disc’s hard-hitting opening track, and the one-two punch of “Be With Me Now” and “When We Were Younger,” the latter bringing together the macro and the micro with the simple yet resonant line, “All of my answers, now that I’m older, turn into questions.”
Hemphill says the band’s simple and honest approach to music is what’s enabled them to break through obstacles of language, distance and culture in amassing an international following. “What’s the alternative – pop music?” he laughs. “Pop music—especially American pop music, is about having money, sleeping with models, living in mansions, spending all of our time in clubs and generally being better than the rest of the world. It’s funny, ‘cuz everyone here is broke. We sing about different things—things that actually matter. I think our fans appreciate that.”
“When I look out in the audience and I see these kids with tears in their eyes, not because I’m singing a love song, but because I’m singing about how the world is dying and we’re the only ones who can stop it, that is huge. I live for that. We played a festival in Brazil in front of 80,000 people, and everybody was singing every word—in English. After one of the songs, I told them, ‘We’re on the road a lot, and people always ask me, “Don’t you ever get homesick? Don’t you miss your family?” I said, ‘It took me awhile to realize this, but this is my home, and you all are my family.’ The place just blew up. It was amazing. But it’s the truth—those are my people and I always want to do right by them. It’s is the only game in town for me.”
Brett Michael Dennen is a folk/pop singer and songwriter from Northern California. His fifth studio album, Smoke and Mirrors, was released in October 2013.In 2004, Dennen released his self-titled first album, Brett Dennen. His second album, So Much More, includes the singles "Ain't No Reason", "She's Mine" and "Darlin' Do Not Fear". Dennen also contributed a cover of "Private Life" to the 2006 tribute album Drink To Bones That Turn To Dust: A Toast To Oingo Boingo.
In an interview with American Songwriter magazine, Dennen acknowledged Paul Simon's significant influence on his music as well as commenting that Paul Simon's "“Graceland is my all-time favorite album.”
Brett opened for John Mayer on his tour in 2008.
As The Mosaic Project's Resident Rock Star, Dennen created an original musical curriculum for the program, which they released as an album called Children's Songs for Peace and a Better World, in 2003. It won a Children's Music Web 2004 Award and a Parent's Choice 2004 Approved Award.
Dennen was named by Rolling Stone magazine as an “Artist to Watch” and, in 2008, Entertainment Weekly called him one of its eight "Guys on the Rise". He has attended festivals such as the Rothbury Music Festival in Michigan, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Lyons Folk Festival, and the Mile High Music Festival in Colorado.In 2008, Dennen, along with Jason Mraz, contributed the song "Long Road to Forgiveness" to the Survival International charity album Songs for Survival. Earlier in the fall, Dennen toured Australia with Pete Murray. In late October, Hope for the Hopeless, Dennen's third album, was released on the Downtown/Dualtone partnership. The song "Ain't Gonna Lose You" was featured on Grey's Anatomy and topped the iTunes folk charts. The record reached number 6 in the digital charts, and was followed by a successful mini-tour.
On August 1, 2009, Dennen performed at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island.
In 2010 Dennen played at the Oulipo Ballroom in Kentucky. He played a mixture of Paul Simon covers along with unreleased tracks from his upcoming album. His fourth album, Loverboy, was released on April 12, 2011. In 2009, Dennen's song "She's Mine" was featured on the soundtrack for the movie According to Greta; in 2010, Dennen's song "Darlin' Do Not Fear" was featured on the soundtrack for the TV show Parenthood.
It was announced on July 22, 2013 that Dennen's fifth album, Smoke and Mirrors, is to be released on October 22, 2013. This news was accompanied with the first single, "Wild Child".
On October 24 "Sweet Persuasion" was featured on the TV show Parenthood"
"Comeback Kid (That's My Dog)" is featured on the TV show About A Boy as the intro song.
Trevor Hall realized at a very young age that music was more than just a passion. As an eleven year old, playing harmonica beside his father in the cradle of the weeping willows of South Carolina, music quickly became his most intimate companion, guide and creative outlet. In his elementary years, he began to write his own songs and perform them locally. At sixteen he recorded his first record, and the following year he left South Carolina to study classical guitar at Idyllwild Arts Academy, an international boarding school east of Los Angeles. There, Trevor was introduced to yoga and certain spiritual practices found in India, which greatly influenced his music and his life journey. During his senior year, Trevor signed a record deal with Geffen Records and his career as a musician formally began.
Trevor quickly broke through the music scene, with such early accomplishments in his career as having a song recorded on the Shrek the Third soundtrack, as well as joining a series of sold-out tours with artists such as Steel Pulse, The Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, Matisyahu, Michael Franti and Colbie Callait. Trevor’s quick rise on the scene, however, was ripe with challenges that conflicted with his spiritual life and devotional practice. In order to parallel his life’s path with the messages in his music, Trevor moved into a traditional Hindu ashram in Southern California in 2008. When not on tour, he lived as a monk and devoted his days to spiritual practice and service. His involvement with the temple affected his music and his music quickly became his practice.
Trevor Hall’s music – an eclectic mix of acoustic rock, reggae and Sanskrit chanting – echo with the names and teachings of divinities, while maintaining an incredibly and refreshingly universal message. While on the road, Trevor sees the stage as his moving temple, a place where he can share in the experience of his spiritual journey with his audience. Trevor’s annual trips to India also continue to serve as a source of creativity and motivation for his music. The precious lessons and experiences that he has harvested from his journeys East have moved Trevor to return a service to those whom have colored his music and his life so beautifully. Trevor uses donations collected at his live shows to help support an ashram in Allahabad, India, the home of his Guru, where underprivileged and orphaned boys and girls are given the chance at a better life and a traditional Vedic education.
Trevor’s self-titled debut album debuted on Billboard’s Heatseeker chart at #7 in 2009, he was named one of the Top 20 New Artists by Music Connection magazine, in 2010 MTV named him one of the twenty emerging artists for 2010, and in 2012 CBS used his hit “Brand New Day” for the promo of their CBS This Morning show. His most recent album, Everything, Every time, Everywhere, reached 80th on the Billboard 200 chart.
In 2013 at the age of 26, after touring consistently for ten years, Trevor decided to take a break from the stage and go on an extended pilgrimage to India. There he spent many weeks studying under a classical Baul musician born and trained in the villages of Bengal. Trevor returned from his trip and retreated deep into the green mountains of Vermont and Maine where he spilled all that he had learnt onto the page and into song. His next album is set to be released in 2014.