Michael Franti, Primus, Band of Horses



Michael Franti’s newest single is a request that people try, just try, to have a better day.

“Have a good day for a good day” contains lyrics that call on listeners to put their problems aside, try to see life through the eyes of others, and be thankful that they are alive.

In short, this is another positive message from a singer-songwriter who has made his career out of positivity.

"There is nothing like playing on French Broad in summer," Michael Franti said ahead of his August 29, 2021 show at Salvage Station with his band Spearhead.

“I wrote ‘Have a good day for a good day’ to remind you that no matter what (expletive) life feels like, no matter what the social and political challenges of the world are, or whatever it is that keeps you awake. at night it is possible to find gratitude, a glimmer of optimism, a cry, a dance, a moment of solitude and prayer, to find peace of mind so that tears can flow and that laughter after-cry that says, ‘Why am I still here chatting, I got this!’ “Franti said in an email.” Somewhere in there we find resilience and sometimes in between all disastrous days we get a really good one. “

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Franti and his band, Spearhead, who are known for hits such as “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)”, “Say Hey (I Love You)” and “The Sound of Sunshine”, will perform at 7:00 pm each month. August. 29 on the outdoor stage of Salvage Station. Of Good Nature will open the show.

The global COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on Franti, whose father died after a month-long battle with the virus. Franti has also had to work hard to keep his boutique hotel in Bali, which has rooms named after musicians like Prince, (David) Bowie and (Bob) Marley, open while trips have been closed.

Michael Franti returns to Asheville on August 29, 2021, at Salvage Station.

The pandemic hasn’t stopped Franti’s creativity, as he has performed concerts and posted video content on social media in an effort to stay connected with fans. Yet nothing like his live shows to strengthen that connection.

“I feel a deeper purpose than ever to create musical events that bring community together and help people walk through the pain and joy that may be in their hearts,” he said. “So we can show ourselves in our best light for the people who need us most and party because we haven’t been able to do much lately and we could all deserve a little!”

Franti has a special relationship with Asheville, having performed shows over the years at Salvage Station, The Orange Peel and starring in Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam.

Michael Franti and Spearhead return to the recovery station in Asheville on August 29, 2021.

“I love being able to eat good, healthy food at so many different restaurants, especially the comfort food at Rosetta’s Kitchen,” he said. “Mmm mmm, vital vittles out there!” Our most memorable show was doing an impromptu concert on the loading dock behind The Orange Peel. And there’s nothing quite like playing on French Broad in the summer. That being said, the reason we love coming back year after year is simple: the community. Asheville is a community of people who care about music, people and the planet.

2 night shows in hometown for album release

Indigo De Souza performs on August 26 and 27, 2021 at the Gray Eagle.

Indigo De Souza d’Asheville will celebrate the release of their second effort, “Any Shape You Take”, with two shows at The Gray Eagle. She will perform at 8 p.m. on August 26 and 27. The August 27 show is sold out.

De Souza’s move to Asheville at the age of 16 from nearby Spruce Pine has helped her throughout her musical journey.

“Asheville has brought me to meet a series of wonderful people who have greatly broadened my ideas about music and writing,” the 23-year-old said in an email. “I am very grateful for the sense of truly supportive community that has uplifted and encouraged my art since I moved here.”

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“Any Shape You Take” is the sequel to her debut album, “I Love My Mom”. Some of the songs on the new album were written around the same time as the songs on her debut album, which she says gives the songs a similar feel.

“The recording process was very different and I feel like I have grown a lot as a person and an artist,” she said. “‘Any Shape You Take’ definitely leans towards a more hi-fi production and weaves together a lot of different styles and energies in a way that makes it feel like it really reflects my own emotional landscape.”

Primus pays homage to Rush in town

Les Claypool will perform with Primus on August 28, 2021 at Harrah's Cherokee Center - Asheville.

For years, members of Primus have covered songs from the progressive rock band Rush Hall of Fame. Now Primus has taken this love of the Canadian trio to a whole new level.

On the band’s current tour, titled “A Tribute To Kings,” the band plays Rush’s classic album, “A Farewell to Kings,” in its entirety before also doing a full set of Primus songs.

Primus offers this unique city tour with a show at 7 p.m. on August 28 at Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville.

Both groups have a long history with Primus opening for Rush in the early 1990s and Primus singer-bassist Les Claypool performing at the Rush Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010.

Band of Horses plays outdoors

Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses

The independent band Band of Horses has several ties to Asheville. The band have recorded at Echo Mountain Studio in the past, former member Tyler Ramsey lives nearby, and current bassist Matt Gendling lives in the area.

It’s easy to tell that Band of Horses is a local band, although the majority of the members, including singer Ben Bridwell, live in South Carolina.

The Grammy-nominated group, known for songs like “The Funeral,” “No One’s Gonna Love You” and “Is There A Ghost,” will perform on August 28 at 7 pm at the Rabbit Rabbit with Faline opening.


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