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Michael Franti & Spearhead to play annual Winter Warmth show

Michael Franti is headed back to Seattle (photo by James Minchin)

STG Presents just announced that Michael Franti & Spearhead will headline 103.7 The Mountain’s annual Winter Warmth show, which will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre.
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Michael Franti reflects on his career, conflict in the Middle East (interview audio)

You’ve already heard what he had to say about tour mate John Mayer’s racially inflammatory comments in Playboy. And now I’ve finally had a chance to edit some more Michael Franti interview clips, this time with the hip-hop/soul veteran reflecting on his expanding fan base, his musical growth and traveling to the Middle East.

He’ll be at KeyArena with John Mayer Wednesday. Meanwhile, click the links to hear him talk about …

… finally having a big hit, the secrets of his success.

… how his musical focus has shifted

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Michael Franti addresses John Mayer’s racially inflammatory remarks from Playboy

I’d scheduled an interview with musician and activist Michael Franti well before I’d read about tour mate John Mayer’s racially inflammatory remarks in Playboy and subsequent apologies. Click here for video of Mayer apologizing on stage in Nashville.

The Ustream clip above is from a recent stop in Nashville.

Franti will open for Mayer at KeyArena on March 31, and for those who missed it, here are a couple of excerpts from the Playboy piece (slightly sanitized, since the Trib isn’t Playboy):

Mayer on being popular among blacks:

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