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Kicking Off May 13 at Mill Valley Music Fest
“Sara and I wake up together every day,” shares Franti, “and there was one morning when I said, ‘You look so beautiful. I just love it when you wear no makeup,’ and she was like, ‘That’s the sweetest thing you’ve ever said to me!’ And then after the fourth or fifth time, she said, ‘You’re kinda giving me a little complex because anytime I put some makeup on, I feel weird, like you’re not going to think I’m as beautiful.’
“So I started to think, ‘What does makeup really mean to people?’ I realized that this song wasn’t necessarily just about makeup. It’s about how all of us wear masks in our life. We tell ourselves stories, or we’ve heard stories that other people have told us about ourselves, that is this negative voice we hear in our head. This video is about getting rid of that. At the end of the day, being you is the most beautiful thing that you could ever be – to be your authentic self.”
Written by Franti with Eric Paslay and Greg Hvnsen, “No Makeup” is a sweet acoustic-led ballad released as part of Franti & Spearhead’s 2022 album Follow Your Heart:
Mornin’ sunrise with you got me smilin’
With no makeup on
As perfect as the day you were born I love it when you wake up
With no makeup on
Known all over the world for their energizing live shows that foster an invigorating sense of community, Franti & Spearhead will embark on the Big Big Love Tour 2023, featuring over 50 shows from May to August, including stops at California Roots Music & Arts Festival, Reggae Rise Up and Central Park SummerStage, along with a highly anticipated return to the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Franti & Spearhead will be joined on this leg by SOJA, Tank & The Bangas, Fortunate Youth, Lawrence, The Dip, Phillip Phillips and more. Tickets are on sale now at MichaelFranti.com.
“Big big love represents being able to hold space for the micro and the macro of love,” Franti explains. “Everyone has someone they love, whether it’s their child, spouse, pet or friend. But then there’s holding space to love people of difference – people who are in the midst of war, people where there is pain and suffering. You show up as love, determination and spirit in those places where people really need a caring soul connection to help them heal. That’s what big big love is: holding space for the personal and the worldly.”
As Franti reconnects with Soulrockers around the country, exclusive VIP opportunities will be available on select dates, including an intimate VIP Meet & Greet at headline shows and special VIP Experiences at Red Rocks Amphitheatre including a Soulshine Bali Cocktail Hour with Franti ahead of his performance. The cocktail hour will include a special acoustic performance, small bites & cocktails inspired by Soulshine Bali’s “100% healthy 90% of the time” mentality.
This fall, Franti’s Soulshine at Sea Cruise sets sail Nov. 4-8 from Miami, Florida to Costa Maya, Mexico with a lineup featuring John Butler of John Butler Trio, SOJA, Fortunate Youth, The New Respects, Tropidelic and Shut Up & Dance, with more additions to be announced. Soulshine at Sea includes unique curated activities with Franti and his wife Sara as well as soul- renewing wellness opportunities with instructors including Gina Caputo, Sunshine & QVLN, Kate May and more.
Marking Franti’s second voyage with Sixthman, this year they have partnered with Environmental Bamboo Foundation, an Indonesian non-profit organization that promotes bamboo as a sustainable alternative to timber. Money raised throughout the voyage will go towards the foundation’s work to help reduce deforestation while encouraging biodiversity.
Since wrapping the U.S. portion of the Follow Your Heart World Tour last year, Franti and his family have been living at their boutique sound and wellness resort, Soulshine Bali, located in Ubud, where the Bay-area native has been hard at work writing and recording new music to be released later this year.
Soulshine Bali focuses on joy through wellness and music and features 32 suites, a day club, a panoramic yoga shala, two restaurants, infinity pools and a spa, all surrounded by lush rice fields. Retreats are hosted consistently, and packages are available at SoulshineBali.com.
Michael Franti & Spearhead Big Big Love Tour 2023
May 13 Mill Valley Music Fest
May 25 California Roots Music & Arts Festival Monterey, CA
May 27 Pepsi Amphitheater = ^
May 28 Amphitheater at Las Colonias Park = ^ Grand Junction, CO
June 2 Red Rocks Amphitheatre = * Morrison, CO
June 3 Boulder Theater
June 4 Fox Theatre
June 7 Fargo Brewing Company = ~ Fargo, ND
June 9 Utepils Brewing = ~
June 10 Bonfire Music & Arts Festival ~ Yuba, WI
June 11 Big Top Chautauqua = ~
June 15 Frederik Meijer Gardens = ~ Grand Rapids, MI
June 16 The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre = + Detroit, MI
June 17 Winnetka Music Festival
June 18 WonderRoad Fest
June 20 Mountain View Amphitheater = + Pittsburgh, PA
June 21 ArtPark Amphitheater = % Lewiston, NY
June 22 The Pines Theater = %
June 24 Levitt Pavilion = +
June 25 Reggae Rise Up Maryland
June 28 SummerStage in Central Park = % New York, NY
June 29 Leader Bank Pavilion = % Boston, MA
June 30 Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom = % Hampton, NH
July 1 Arrowood Farms = %
July 2 Snow Pond Center for the Arts = % Sidney, ME
July 7 The Coves Amphitheater = ^ Union Hall, VA
July 8 Salvage Station = ^
July 9 The Caverns = ^
July 11 Hilton Oceanfront Concert Series ^ Virginia Beach, VA
July 14 The Wonderer =
July 15 Greenfield Lake Amphitheater = ^ Wilmington, NC
July 16 Greenfield Lake Amphitheater = ^ Wilmington, NC
July 19 Tabernacle = ^
July 20 Apopka Amphitheater =
July 21 Coachman Park Pavilion = Clearwater, FL
July 22 Pompano Beach Amphitheater = ^ Pompano Beach, FL
July 23 St. Augustine Amphitheatre = ^ St. Augustine, FL
July 25 The Civic Theatre = ^
July 27 ACL Live at the Moody Theater = # Austin, TX
July 28 The Factory in Deep Ellum = # Dallas, TX
July 29 KC Live! = #
August 1 ZooMontana = #
August 3 Festival at Sandpoint #
August 4 Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery = # Woodinville, WA
August 5 Hayden Homes Amphitheater = # Bend, OR
August 8 McMenamins Grand Lodge = # Forest Grove, OR
August 9 Britt Festival Pavilion = # Jacksonville, OR
August 11 Deer Valley = #
August 12 Ford Idaho Center Amphitheatre = ^ Nampa, ID
August 13 Bally’s Lake Tahoe =
August 17 The Rady Shell = #
August 18 Vina Robles Amphitheatre = # Paso Robles, CA
August 19 The Mountain Winery = # Saratoga, CA
August 20 The Greek Theatre = #
Sept. 29 Oceans Calling Festival
Nov. 4-8 Soulshine at Sea
= VIP Experience Offered
+ Phillip Phillips
% Tank & The Bangas
^ Fortunate Youth
~ The Dip
About Michael Franti
Michael Franti is a globally recognized musician, activist, hotel owner (Soulshine Bali) and award-winning filmmaker revered for his high-energy live shows, inspiring music, devotion to health and wellness, worldwide philanthropic efforts and the power of optimism. Throughout his multi-decade career, Franti has earned three Billboard No. 1’s with triumphantly hopeful hits “Sound of Sunshine,” “Say Hey (I Love You)” and “I Got You,” as well as six Top 30 Hot AC singles, 10 Top 25 AAA Singles and three Billboard Top 5 Rock Albums.
Spearhead’s 12th studio album Follow Your Heart was released in June 2022 and debuted at No. 2 on the iTunes Pop Chart behind Harry Styles.
Deemed a “groundbreaking musician” by Entrepreneur, Franti kicked off the Follow Your Heart World Tour in the spring of 2022, with over 75 shows through the summer, performing at venues across North America including a sold-out show at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo. and festivals plays at some of the top U.S. festivals including BottleRock, Summerfest, Wonderstruck, Borderland and Sea.Hear.Now. Franti’s 2023 calendar kicks off with 13 shows in Europe before the band returns to Australia in April, including stops at Bluesfest Perth and Byron Bay. Franti & Spearhead will embark on the Big Big Love Tour 2023 in April 2023, featuring over 50 dates across the U.S. For a full list of tour dates and ticket information, visit MichaelFranti.com.
The Bay-Area native resides in Bali when he is not on tour and owns Soulshine Bali, a 32-room top-rated boutique hotel located in Ubud, Bali that focuses on joy through wellness and music, offering unique retreat opportunities and accommodations, along with special events and celebrations. Soulshine Bali continues to expand and grow with recent renovations, including a second restaurant, day club, panoramic yoga shala, and a new spa. For more information visit, SoulshineBali.com.
In January 2019, Franti released his self-directed documentary Stay Human, which won an array of awards at film festivals worldwide and influenced his writing for his album Stay Human Vol. II (Thirty Tigers), which debuted at No. 1 on both the Americana and Independent Album charts and received critical acclaim from USA Today, Billboard, Associated Press and PASTE.
Franti’s Stay Human podcast presented by PACT is nearing its 100th episode and features creatives from all walks of life, with new episodes available each week. Go to StayHumanPodcast.com for more details.
Franti continues to foster community both on and off stage with a wish granting non-profit, Do It For The Love, founded by Michael and his wife, Sara. Do It For The Love brings those with life threatening illnesses, veterans, and children with severe challenges to concerts worldwide, fulfilling over 3,300 wishes and touching the lives of over 12,000 people to date.
Michael Franti & Spearhead is represented by United Talent Agency and Activist Artists Management.