MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD Premiere “Crazy For You” Video with RELIX and Announce New U.S. Shows for World Tour

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MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD today (3/27) partnered with Relix to premiere the official music video for “Crazy For You” for which Franti did over 200 takes to complete–avoiding computer-generated graphics or the utilization of green-screens. The song–a joyously upbeat rhythmic pop song that highlights Franti’s soulful vocals and encompasses his socially conscious outlook–is from his latest album, SOULROCKER (Fantasy Records). The video features a new remix of “Crazy For You” which Franti is calling the “San Francisco Funk Remix.”
Click here to watch the visually striking and expertly edited video which was shot mostly in Istanbul, but also in London. “A few weeks after we filmed in the Besiktas Soccer Stadium (in Istanbul),” says Franti, “38 people were killed and 166 wounded in a terror attack just outside after a match.  We dedicate this video to them, to Besiktas Football Supporters and to all those around the world calling for an end to political violence everywhere.” *See the singer, songwriter and guitarist’s other quotes about the video below.
Onstage is where MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD truly take flight; they embrace the power of music knowing how it can inspire, uplift, and make people want to dance or cry. For the aptly titled “Love Out Loud” world tour, which kicked off March 2 in Alaska with performances set for South Africa and Japan this spring, the group has unveiled a new leg of summer concerts in North America in addition to their already announced shows, with stops now in Kansas City, Charlotte, Atlanta, Chicago, and Austin, among many others.
The “Love Out Loud” tour will also include festival stops at BottleRock Festival in Napa, CA on Saturday, May 27, Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon in San Diego, CA on Sunday, June 4, Mountain Jam Festival in Hunter, NY on Sunday, June 18 and California World Fest in Grass Valley, CA at on Sunday, June 16 among others, before wrapping at Floydfest in Floyd, VA on Friday, July 8. See below for a list of upcoming North American tour dates.
Michael Franti on the “Crazy For You” video:
“‘Crazy For You‘ is a song for the person in your life who gets you through the times when it seems like the whole world is going completely crazy around you.  I know a lot of people, myself included, who are feeling that way right now.  That person in my life is my wife, Sara, for whom I wrote the song. She’s my sounding board, my shoulder to cry on and my in-house comedienne who helps me laugh my ass off back into balance through my greatest challenges.  She’s good!
Nathan Thoen and I shot the video while on our moments off on tour, mostly in Istanbul and a bit in London.  We used the ‘Multiple Michaels’ effect to try to capture some of what I experience as my mind gets overwhelmed multi-thinking about politics, family, music, survival, etc.  One of my ways of combating stress is to have fun and we wanted the video to be playful, but not shy away from the important issues of today.  We used the cue card idea in the last verse to help spell out the most pointed social lyrics in the song.  
People have been asking how we made the video and if the images were ‘green-screened,’ computer-generated or if we used a robot-controlled camera.  The answer is ‘No’ to all.  There’s no way we could have set up giant green screens in the Bazaar or on the streets of Istanbul and I definitely can’t afford a robot-controlled camera, so what we did was film over 200 takes of the song and painstakingly cut them all together on our tour bus, in dressing rooms and late night hotels for hundreds of hours.  The greatest challenge was to shoot each scene super fast one after the other, because if there were any clouds that moved or the sun was setting, it would cause the light to change and then we couldn’t cut the multiple images together seamlessly.
I hope you enjoy the video and I hope you share it with that person that helps you get through the craziness of the world today.  May love and music guide the way.”
International Tour Dates
Fri 4/14 Underberg, South Africa Splashy Fen Music Festival
Sat 4/15 Clarens, South Africa Lush Festival
Sun 4/16 Johannesburg, South Africa Goodluck Bar
Mon 4/17 Capetown, South Africa Parklife Festival
Thurs 5/18 Osaka, Japan Umbeda Shangrila
Fri 5/19 Tokyo, Japan Shibuya Duo Exchange
Sat 5/20 Yokohoma, Japan Greenroom Festival
U.S. Tour Dates
Sat 4/22 Winter Park, CO Springtopia at Winter Park Ski Resort
>Fri 5/12 Honolulu, HI The Republik
Sat 5/13 Kahuku, HI The Surfer Bar at Turtle Bay (TRIO)
>Sun 5/14 Kahului, HI Maui Arts & Culture Center – Castle Theater
Sat 5/27 Napa, CA BottleRock Music Festival
Sun 6/4 San Diego, CA Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon
**Sun 6/4 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
**Mon 6/5 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
Fri 6/9 Huntington, NY The Paramount
*Sat 6/10 New York, NY PlayStation Theater
Sun 6/11 Russell Township, OH LaureLive 2017
*Tue 6/13 Munhall, PA Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
^^Thu 6/15 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony Summer Stage
*Fri 6/16 Lowell, MA Boarding House Park
*Sat 6/17 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
Sun 6/18 Hunter, NY Mountain Jam 2017
***Tue 6/20 Portland, ME Thompson’s Point
^Wed 6/21 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
^Thu 6/22 Lebanon, NH Lebanon Opera House
^Fri 6/23 Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Melody Tent
^Sat 6/24 Ithaca, NY State Theatre
^Sun 6/25 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
^Tue 6/27 New Haven, CT College St. Music Hall
Thu 6/29 Saskatoon, SK Saskatchewan Jazz Festival
Fri 7/7 Bayfield, WI Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua
Mon 7/10 Columbia, MO Rose Music Hall
Tue 7/11 Kansas City, MO Crossroads
>>Thu 7/13 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Fri 7/14 Alta, WY Targhee Fest 2017
Sun 7/16 Grass Valley, CA California WorldFest
Fri 7/28 Floyd, VA FloydFest 17
Sat 7/29 Selbyville, DE The Freeman Stage at Bayside
Tue 8/1 Raleigh, NC The Ritz
Wed 8/2 Charlotte, NC The Neighborhood Theatre
Thu 8/3 Asheville, NC Salvage Station
Tue 8/8 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
Fri 8/11 Chicago, IL Concord Music Hall
^Fri 8/18 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze Outdoor Plaza
^Sat 8/19 Papillion, NE Sumtur Amphitheater
^Sun 8/20 Des Moines, IA Simon Estes Amphitheater
^Mon 8/21 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
^Fri 8/25 Austin, TX Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre
Sun 8/27 Livermore, CA Taylor Family Foundation
Thu 9/7 Eugene, OR Cuthbert Amphitheater
Fri 9/8 Bend, OR Les Schwab Amphitheater
Sat 9/9 Troutdale, OR Edgefield
Mon 9/11 Missoula, MT Big Sky Brewery
Tue 9/12 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory Concert House
Thu 9/14 Boise, ID Idaho Botanical Garden
Sat 10/7 Tempe, AZ Tour De Fat
*** with St. Paul & The Broken Bones
** with Paul Cannon
* with Nattali Rize
^^ with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
^ with Satsang
> with Landon McNamara
>> with Trevor Hall & HIRIE
Formed in 1994, Spearhead was born as the latest in a series of musical projects that also included Franti‘s industrial/hardcore act the Beatnigs and his groundbreaking hip-hop duo Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. The band released their debut album in September 1994, and over the next two decades gained a massive following across the globe, bolstered by the smash success of “Say Hey (I Love You”) (a 2009 single that hit #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and appeared on Spearhead’s sixth studio album All Rebel Rockers). Through the years, Franti has also dedicated himself to activism and filmmaking, with his 2005 documentary I Know I’m Not Alone chronicling his journey to Iraq, Palestine, and Israel and offering a seldom-seen look at war’s toll on everyday people.
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