Michael Franti and Radio performed for over an hour on Saturday afternoon at the "Mothers Day - Speak Out For Peace Concert" in Golden Gate Park last weekend.
Here are "We Don't Stop" and "Feeling Free/What's Goin On" (Franti's "Feeling Free" with the famous "What's Goin On" in the middle of it). It's kinda long, so, for those of you who would like to hear the Issac Hayes cover, but don't want to wait for it, I've created an "What's Goin On - Extended Version" that only contains the last two thirds of the song (it stands up great on its own, actually.)
Please let me know which mixes you like best.
Special Thanks to Michael Franti for giving me a badly needed dose of hope, energy and rejuvination over the weekend!
Michael Franti and Radio - We Don't Stop - Live In Golden Gate Park
Michael Franti and Radio - Feeling Free/What's Going On - Live In Golden Gate Park - Complete Version
Hi-res currently unavailable -- too big!
Audio - Michael Franti and Radio - Feeling Free/What's Going On - Complete (MP3 - 10 MB)
Michael Franti and Radio - What's Going On - Extended version - Live In Golden Gate Park
Michael Franti had a little heart to heart talk with the audience in-between songs during Saturday's "Mothers Day Speak Out For Peace" Concert In San Francisco's Golden Gate Park last weekend.
(Near-complete transcription available below.)
Michael Franti on May 10, 2003 - Complete
Press and others that just need a short clip of "some good stuff" from Franti's talk.
I've created "edited" versions:
Michael Franti on May 10, 2003 - Edited version (First half.)
Martin Luther King says that "peace" is not merely the absence of war, but it's the presence of justice.
And now, we've invaded Iraq, and, at best, it's just good old fashioned colonialism. You invade a country. We use its people. We use its resources, and we occupy the nation. At worst, it could turn into the next Palestine. It could turn into the next Berlin. They're talking about possibly dividing up Iraq into three separate portions -- dividing up the people by ethnic groups and ruling it militarily.
They've suggested this man "Kabala" to run the nation, and he was busted for stealing 200 million dollars from the people of Jordan, because he was running these illegal banks in Jordan, and he's the guy who Tommy Franks says "That's our guy!" He seems qualified. He was sentenced to 22 years in prison, and he escaped and went and lived in England for a while. And now he's back.
So, President Bush spends a billion dollars to go have a little tea party on this aircraft carrier and pose for a lot of pictures. And they say, "Well, things are gonna be different. We've liberated the people of Iraq." And I look around here in San Francisco. I see people holding up signs on the street corner that say "I'm a U.S. Veteran. Please give me change." And they've spent 76 Billion dollars of our change to fight this war in Iraq, but they can't take care of Veterans back home.
And it's been a big challenge to me in my heart to think, that now, those of us who have been setting up food stands and coming out to events like this for years and years, are going to now have to have bake sales and put on concerts to send money to support the people of Iraq. And I have a lot of ambivalence about that. And it's a very difficult time right now. It's a big challenge for all of us to find continued love in our hearts. And, I just want you to know that we're all in this together, and that as long as a few of us like this can hold on to hope, there's still hope in the world.
Yep. That's me singing harmonies and my buddy Audrey Howard on guitar and lead vocals.
Today at 1pm there will be a big peace concert in the park.
(Complete music schedule below.)
I'll be singing a really short song around 12:30 pm with my friend Audrey Howard.
(We're doing harmonies on a cover of Green Day's Life During Wartime.)
It would be great to have a big turn out for this thing.
I will be video taping portions of it, and audio recording the whole thing.
Michael Franti (Spearhead) goes on at 2:30 pm.
Free Peoples is headlining, and they go on around 4:30 pm.
Here's more about them:
Free Peoples is a Bay Area-based band playing a style fusing bluegrass, folk and jazz. The members come from various projects local to Los Angeles and San Francisco, most notably, Trichromes, Buzz, Spirit Level and Top Four Flights. Tim Sawyer is on lead vocals and Guitar. Johnny Downer plays lead guitar and vocals. Michael DiPirro is on bass and vocals.
Special Guest on Free Peoples new self titled cd includes; Tony Trischka on banjo, Tom Rozum on Mandolin, David Phillips on Dobro and Chad Clouse on fiddle.
Mike D can also be seen with his other project, The Trichromes, featuring Billy Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead.
(Complete music schedule below.)
Public Transit: 5 Fulton to 30th Avenue. It is a very short downhill block to J.F.K.
Drive and you're there!
If you are driving the park is open for traffic west of 19th Avenue and it
is easiest to find the meadow if you enter from Fulton St. and 30th Avenue.
Complete Music Schedule
12:30 pm Lisa Rein and Audrey Howard (like if you blink, you'll miss us :-)
12:45 pm Ara Avakian (singer/songwriter) &
Eric Hellweg (singer/songwriter)
1:00 pm DJ Praxis
1:20 pm Irina and MNO - World Music Meets Electronica Laptops + live
1:40 pm Pushing Destinations hip-hop
2:00 pm Andrea Pritchett
2:30 pm Michael Franti
3:00 pm Red Guard
3:35 pm Raz K’dee
3:50 pm Deep (Hip Hop)
4:05 pm Shailja Patel (South Asian Spoken word)
4:20 pm Samantha Hynes (Student from Oakland High School)
4:35 pm Free Peoples bluegrass/folk/jazz mix
I'll be talking about this all week long because I'm helping out a bit to organize the event. Do me a big favor and SHOW UP if you're in town, ok? It might even be worth making a trip for, if all works out like I think it's going to...
Michael Franti (Spearhead) will be performing!
(Download Spearhead's new single there, "Bomb the World"!)
We still haven't gotten all of the confirmations in yet, so I can't say yet who else might be playing. (And there may still be room in the lineup for you too -- if you've got only a song or two and minimal setup requirements :-)
Here's the "official" info so far (including an ever-growing list of all the organizations supporting this event):
Mother's Day SPEAK UP for PEACE
A multi-cultural Mother's Day program of music, poetry, dance and personal
testimony about the war and the path to world peace.
Saturday May 10 in Golden Gate Park. San Francisco
BRING OUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS HOME NOW
ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE
US OUT OF IRAQ
As Bush prepares to state officially that the war in Iraq is over, we must continue our effort to promote peace and kinship among people at home & around the world as the solution to international conflicts, Not military aggression. Equally we must stand up for our communities and remind our leaders that we will not be distracted from the crises at home by continuous crises abroad.
All over the world, mothers represent creation and nurturing. In the spirit of Mother's Day, we are calling on mothers and other members of our community to speak out against war and in favor of peace.
We are putting together a great program for a great day in the park with music culture and personal testimony
to celebrate Mother's Day and to nourish us all for the struggle ahead. PLEASE CONSIDER BEING A PART OF THE DAY! & RSVP Quickly
For Mother's Day - SPEAK UP for PEACE
Bring our sons and daughters home now!
Another world is possible.
US out of Iraq!
On Saturday, May 10th, beginning at 1:00 p.m., a broad coalition of peace and social justice organizations will sponsor a Speak Up for Peace rally and cultural celebration in Lindley Meadow in Golden Gate Park (off JFK Drive).
A diverse group of people who have been deeply and personally affected by the war in Iraq will make short statements. Music and spoken word culture will be provided by renowned artists such as Michael Franti, Diskart Namin, Andrea Pritchard and many more. This family-friendly gathering is free, though contributions will be greatly appreciated.
A Jewish Voice for Peace, Bay Area United Against War, Code Pink,
Not in Our Name, United for Peace & Justice,
American Friends Service Committee SF
Bethany United Methodist Church
California Peace Action
Campus Anti-War Network
Catholics for Peace
Chinese Progressive Association
Coffee House Teach-In's
Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism
Companeros del Barrio
Filipinos for Global Justice not War Coalition
Freedom Socialist Party
Harvey Milk Lesbian,Gay,Bisexual & Transexual Democratic Club
Labor Committee for Peace and Justice
Out Against the War
Peace and Freedom Party
Pride at Work, AFL-CIO
SF Labor Council,
Socialist Viewpoint Magazine
US Labor Against War
and many more
For more information: (JVP) 510 465 1777 (BAUAW) 415-824-8730; (Code Pink) 415-575-5555; (UfPJ) 415-565-0201; (NION) 510-444-NION