Michael Franti & Spearhead + Ziggy Marley
Thursday, June 27 at Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater
Doors open at 5 p.m., show starts at 6:30 p.m.
General admission $59.50. Service fees not included.

Michael Franti believes that the great battle taking place in the world today is between cynicism and optimism because he feels it in himself. So he made an album to remind himself, and anyone else who’s listening, that there is still good in the world and that it is worth fighting for.

The album Stay Human Vol. II, which is an accompaniment to the film “Stay Human,” is all about how we hold on to our humanity in the challenging times we are living in today. One of Franti’s most personal projects, the new album features 14 uplifting, life-affirming songs that, at their core, are about being your authentic self and standing up for the greater good.

“It’s a constant battle for me to stay on the side that believes your goodness will always win, and that there’s goodness within each person,” Franti says. “Sometimes it’s hard to really hold onto that as my moral compass, but I really do believe in that.”

Franti co-headlines his June 27 show at the LSA with reggae icon Ziggy Marley. An eight-time Grammy winner and Emmy winner Marley has released 13 albums to much critical acclaim.

Marley’s early immersion into music came at age 10 when he sat in on recording sessions with his father, Bob Marley. As front man to Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, the group released eight best-selling albums that garnered three Grammys. He’s also released seven solo albums, , including the Grammy-nominated Rebellion Rises, which came out last year.

Throughout the record, Marley encourages the people to stand in solidarity together.

“Every song speaks to the rebellion, but the word ‘love’ is also in a lot of them,” Marley says. “Love is the foundation. This entire album is a message to the best side of humanity. It’s a rallying cry and encouragement for us to stand up. When we do, our actions will be felt. We will change the direction of this world instead of what we see happening today. We will make it better, but we have to do more. We have to take a stand. We have to get more active. No matter what the fake leaders say, we’re going to love one another first.”

Both Franti & Spreadhead and Marley will play full sets during their LSA show.