Concert Review: Michael Franti in Clive

Janae Verhelst

Michael Franti is a musician, filmmaker and humanitarian. Franti and his band, Spearhead, brought the “Once A Day” tour to the 7 Flags Event Center in Clive, Iowa on Thursday, June 11.

Franti has long been recognized as a pioneering force using music as a vehicle for positive change as well as his unforgettable, high energy shows. With the multi-platinum success of his song “Say Hey (I Love You)” and the chart-breaking 2010 release of The Sounds of Sunshine, Franti and his band guarantee a show that will be thought provoking, energetic as well as a fun dance party.

“I love waking up in a new city and meeting new people and having them tell me, ‘your music really means something to me,’ or that ‘me and my husband fell in love at your concert!’ Those are definitely some of my favorite moments,” Franti said.

Franti and Spearhead performed at the Simon Estes Riverfront Amphitheater in July 2014 and said Des Moines was a very memorable experience for him.

“We all thought it was going to rain but luckily it held off until later that night. Everyone was able to jam out and had a great time,” Franti said.

Because of the rain, the concert moved from the Simon Estes Amphitheater to the 7 Flags Event Center in Clive. Franti and Spearhead performed a wide variety of new songs they’ve been working on for several months and had yet to perform live.

“We are really looking forward to playing our new music, rocking out and creating an awesome experience for the audience,” Franti said.

Rize opened for Franti and Spearhead, and is known as “one of the nation’s most refreshing voices” (Rolling Stone AU).

Rize “is known for her relentless energy” (Irie Magazine) and mission to engender change through music. The former front woman of Australian reggae powerhouse Blue King Brown and frequent Damien Marley collaborator draws from her Samoan and Native American roots and a childhood spent growing up in San Francisco and Australia for inspiration in her music.