Michael Franti returns to Bend Tomorrow with The Soulshine Tour
What is it we Bendites love so much about Michael Franti? He makes an appearance at our summer concert series nearly every year, and we’re never tired of seeing him in concert. We’ve come up with a theory about the top three things that make Bend and Franti so harmonious.
He likes yoga.
In fact, he and his team like yoga so much they incorporated in directly into this year’s tour. The Soulshine Music Yoga Tour isn’t just about taking the stage for a concert, each show on The Soulshine Tour begins with a mass yoga and acoustic music jam, led by some of today’s most inspiring teachers from across North America. In Bend, we love yoga too. With more than 15 studios in Bend alone, we’re ready to get our OM on at anytime. And what’s better way than with one fabulous musician?
When we go to concerts here in Central Oregon, we like to get up and dance. After all, we have to work off all that craft beer we’re drinking during intermission right? Franti’s music is notoriously danceable! His infectious tunes dare you to just sit there on your blanket or mini lawn chair…you can’t help but start moving your body to his eclectic mix of hip hop, funk, reggae, jazz, reggae fusion, folk, jam….
It’s no secret that we Bendites care about our community. With numerous nonprofits that support the social and culture health of our region, supporting the greater good is important for everyone here. Franti has supported numerous charities over the years, including Amnesty International, Rock the Earth and Soles4Souls. His foundation, Do it For The Love, is a nonprofit wish granting foundation, that brings people in advanced stages of life-threatening illness, children with severe challenges, and wounded veterans to live concerts.
We’re sure there are many more reasons why we love Michael Franti in Bend, but these are some of the ones that came to our minds. We can’t wait to welcome him, his music and some yoga to the Les Schwab Amphitheater tomorrow evening!