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Michael Franti & Spearhead bring the love to Rose Summerfest

The near 100-degree weather yesterday didn’t phase Michael Franti when he and his band, Spearhead, took to the outdoor stage at Rose Park. If anything, the weather couldn’t have provided a better atmosphere for Franti’s positive reggae pop jammin’. The park was packed with a crowd that bounced multi-colored beach balls and danced throughout the entire show.

It probably helped that Franti had a chance to adjust to the heat before the show too. A couple of weeks ago, he posted in the Facebook event page and asked his fans to join him in some pre-show yoga. Franti says he does this before almost every show and we wanted to make it happen, so we teamed up with our friends at Logboat for some yoga in the park. About twenty fans showed up, many with gifts and stories to share with Franti after the final namaste. Hugs were given, pictures were taken and babies were kissed. (Yes, there was a baby that sat quietly through the entire session and was a fucking trooper.)

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Franti and his fans get their dancing muscles warm before the show at Logboat! 

 

Yoga sessions give the band a chance to meet fans and connect with them over a practice based on positive thinking and peace, something that Franti preaches and practices. For each ticket, a dollar went to Do It For The Love, a charity that Franti and his wife founded, which brings together various artists and uses music to “provide empowering moments for people living with life-threatening illnesses, children surviving severe challenges, and wounded veterans.” The foundation’s summer campaign has a goal of granting 1,000 wishes by the end of August. At the show, Franti said they have already reached over 900.

As for the show, it was one of the cooler experiences that Rose Park has seen. People from all ages joined to dance. Literally, at one point in the show when Franti asked the crowd to pair up with seven or eight people around them, hold their hands and dance in a circle. For his hit “Life is Better With You,” Franti brought his wife, Sara, up on stage to sing with him. As if it couldn’t get more adorable, he brought up a group of kids from the audience to dance and sing along toward the end of the show. He talked between songs about peace, loving your neighbor and listening to those around you. When he wasn’t spreading the message from the stage, he joined the audience to sing among the crowd. After the show, the audience trickled out. Among them, were some already wearing shirts they picked up at the merch booth that said “Stay Human” across the chest.

 

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5 Things to do before seeing Tennis

Retro indie pop duo Tennis composed of husband and wife Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore, are coming to Rose Music Hall this Saturday and I couldn’t be more excited. Riley and Moore met as students in Colorado. A project formed between them when they spent seven months on a sailing expedition. The Denver-based duo put aside their plans for law school and instead got married and took on music full time. Their music reflects the happy-go-lucky nature of their story and the breezy sights of the East Atlantic Seaboard. Tennis has something to offer to a plethora of music fans. Their style spans from old-school twee pop to surf rock and even playful psychedelia. If you were a fan of STRFKR earlier this year, Tennis is right up your alley.

1. Listen to their new album, Yours Conditionally

“Ladies Don’t Play Guitar” and “In The Morning I’ll Be Better” are my personal favorites off the album. The former shines because of its smooth baseline, clean harmonies and inherent irony. The latter for its sublime aesthetic and honesty.

2. Listen to their singles

“Origins” and “Needle and a Knife” are probably the most popular Tennis songs, and for good reason. “Origins” integrates the medley of influences that make a great Tennis song: simple song structure, a hint of psychedelic soloing and upbeat vibes. “Needle and a Knife” explores the push and pull of a long-term relationship — something Tennis can attest to — while juxtaposing its biting lyrics with a sound that emanate positivity.

3. Don’t sleep on the deep cuts

Not all of the best Tennis songs are album centerpieces. “Marathon” starts with a catchy groove that’s driven by nothing more than a snap of the fingers and a simple melody before bursting into blissful yacht rock. “Mean Streets” flirts with indie rock without straying from the delicate production and naiveté that makes their music so charming.

4. Check out their website

Whoever designed their website is a genius. It looks like an old PC screen and it’s glorious. Please, see it for yourself.

5. Come early

This weekend is going to be in the 70s and 80s which means Rose will be open all day Saturday. Don’t miss out on a beautiful afternoon in the park. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if this show sold out so get on it!

This post was written by Ben Kane, contributing writer for The Blue Note and Rose blog.


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Live tonight! St. Lucia

Where: The Blue Note

When: Monday, Oct. 17. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m.

Ticket Cost: $20 General Admission

Opener: Baio

St. Lucia. If you aren’t already familiar with them, let me get you caught up. There’s a good chance you’ve jammed out to their bright, high-energy hit singles, Elevate and Dancing on Glass. In their bio, lead singer, Jean-Phillip Grobler, explains that Dancing on Glass is “about having the faith to chase what makes you happy, even if logic and practicality tell you it’s bound to fall apart.” With over million listeners on Spotify, this electro-pop band knows how to get people in a feel good mood that keeps them coming back for more.

I discovered the band when Spotify featured St. Lucia in their “Ready For The Day” and “Morning Commute” playlists. I’m not a morning person, but on one brisk morning with caffeine in hand, I started boppin’ my head to “Elevate” as it flowed through speakers and into my life. I was hooked.

When I started listening to the rest of St. Lucia’s most recent album, Matter, I immediately thought to myself, “Am I in the ’80s or am I listening to the future of music?” In a recent interview, Grobler describes St. Lucia’s latest sound as “inspired by the RnB movement and ‘classics’ from the ’70s and ’80s.”

They even have a heart-pounding song called Physical. I’m sure Olivia Newton John is proud!

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During their shows, neon lighting illuminates the crowd as bright synths and vigorous beats move the room into a sweaty, but happy, dance party.

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If any part of your being is connected to young Kevin Bacon’s warehouse power dance moves, then you belong at this show.
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Oh and one other thing. Arrive on time because Baio is opening. This is NOT a drill people. If you’re not familiar, make yourself familiar:

 

Let’s be rebels and party on a week night. See you tonight!

This post was written by Rebekah Northern, contributing writer for the Blue Note and Rose Blog.