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Michael Franti to headline Aug. 9 kick-off party for Fred Hutchinson’s Cancer Research Center’s Obliteride

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on July 16, 2013 at 11:22 am with No Comments »
July 16, 2013 11:26 am

I recently rode a portion of the Obliteride course with event manager Mark Grantor. At one point he said there was going to be some “pretty cool” music at the kick-off party, “but I can’t say who yet.”

Turns out, it’s actually really cool. Michael Franti will headline the party.

Here’s the announcement released moments ago by Obliteride:

Michael Franti & Spearhead will pump up the crowd with energetic and fun music at Obliteride’s kick-off party at Gas Works Park on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. All riders registered to participate in this fundraiser for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center will receive two complimentary tickets to this exclusive party, which will be catered by famed Seattle chef Tom Douglas. There is still space available, so people interested in attending the party can sign up to ride at

“We’re thrilled to have Michael Franti perform at Obliteride,” said Amy Lavin, Obliteride’s executive director. “I’ve seen him in concert and he has the exact type of energy we’re looking for at Obliteride’s inaugural kick-off celebration. He gets everyone dancing and brings his passion and humanity to everyone in the crowd.”

Michael Franti & Spearhead just released a new song, “I’m Alive,” from the band’s upcoming album. It rocketed into the top 15 on Billboard’s AAA charts in just three weeks. Franti is best known for his upbeat song “The Sound of Sunshine,” which held the No. 1 spot for eight weeks. Franti is also an outspoken supporter of peace and a variety of social justice issues.

Michael Franti & Spearhead kicks off an impressive music lineup for Obliteride weekend. Nearly a dozen bands will perform including The Paperboys and Not-Its!, a popular adult-savvy children’s band. “Obliteride will be an epic weekend with fun parties, delicious food — including a Tom Douglas gourmet salmon dinner — and scenic bike rides,” said Lavin. Participants can choose from four routes with various distances and terrains, so all levels of riders can make their marks against cancer. “We’re urging people who don’t normally ride to come join the fun, volunteer, or ride 25 miles and raise money to help us end cancer,” Lavin said. “Thanks to our generous sponsors, every penny raised will go directly to cancer research at Fred Hutch.”

The inaugural ride is Aug. 10, 2013. The registration fee increases on July 20, 2013

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