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Positive focus: Michael Franti aims to bring people together through music

Michael Franti has been on tour since the end of March.

Today, he is home and grateful to take on the many tasks he has domestically.

For one, Franti is working on renovating his home studio, which means that everything has to be moved.

“I’m cleaning the house and drinking kombucha,” he says with a laugh. “There many things that my small team works on a daily basis. Now it’s my turn to help out.”

While a renovation is a big job, Franti also oversees the many day-to-day operations.

Not only is he responsible for making new music, but he and his wife also own a yoga hotel in Bali.

“It really doesn’t stop,” he says. “From social media to the smallest of things around the house, it’s very busy.”

What is slowing down is Franti’s current tour – “The Love Out Loud Tour.”

“We feel a great sense of satisfaction to be on the road this time,” he says. “It’s an incredible time to travel around the world with the intention of community. The tour is meant for everyone to have a positive experience. There’s a lot of pain out (in the world) these days. People are going through so much in our country. We are trying to navigate politics and environmental disasters, immigration issues and issues about LGBTQ. Music is one of those things that brings people together. Our goal is to show the world is our community.”

Franti is a musician, filmmaker and humanitarian.

Over the course of his career, he has tackled world events in his music. His goal is to create music that unites people and gives hope.

His latest album, “Soul Rocker” was released in 2016 and debuted at No. 5 on the rock charts.

With his current tour, Franti wants to create a community.

Before each show, he meets with people in the community.

“We pick a spot nearby,” he says. “We ask our fans to show up early, and we do yoga. It’s just become a way for our community to hang out. I come to hang out and talk to people. Those conversations lead to what I write about next.”

For his stop in Taos, Franti will be joined by actress and yoga instructor Emily Branden for “Yoga with Live Music by Michael Franti” at 3 p.m. before his show.

This event will be held at El Monte Sagrado’s Sacred Circle Lawn. Partial proceeds go to “Do It for the Love,” a nonprofit wish-granting organization co-founded by Franti and Sara Agah Franti that takes people living with life-threatening illnesses, children with severe challenges, and wounded veterans to concerts.

The cost is $36, plus fees at ampconcerts.org.




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