KSUT Public Radio and the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College have partnered once again and are excited to announce Michael Franti & Spearhead will bring their Togetherness Tour on Sunday, May 26 to Durango Mesa Park located at 1161 Ewing Mesa Road in Durango, Colo. Gates open at 4:45 pm and the concert kicks off at 6:45 pm. Special guest Bombargo will open the show. Tickets go on sale, Monday, Feb. 12 at noon.
Michael Franti is a globally recognized musician, activist and award-winning filmmaker revered for his high-energy live shows, inspiring music, worldwide philanthropic efforts, and the power of optimism. Throughout his multi-decade career, Franti has earned three Billboard No. 1’s with triumphantly hopeful hits “Sound of Sunshine,” “Say Hey (I Love You)” and “I Got You,” as well as six Top 30 Hot AC singles, 10 Top 25 AAA Singles and three Billboard Top 5 Rock Albums. Spearhead’s Follow Your Heart was released in June 2022 and debuted at No. 2 on the iTunes Pop Chart behind Harry Styles. Praised by American Songwriter as “an energizing batch of songs that spotlight the common threads that connect us,” Franti & Spearhead 13th studio album, Big Big Love is available everywhere now, featuring 17 tracks co-written by Franti, reflecting his tenacity, inclusiveness, and optimism.
The Bay-Area native resides in Bali when he is not on tour and owns Soulshine Bali, a 32-room top-rated boutique hotel located in Ubud, Bali that focuses on joy through wellness and music, offering unique retreat opportunities and accommodations, along with special events and celebrations. Franti continues to foster community both on and off stage with a wish granting non-profit, Do It For The Love, which brings those with life threatening illnesses, veterans, and children with severe challenges to concerts worldwide, fulfilling over 3,500 wishes and touching the lives of over 15,000 people to date.
KSUT Public Radio and the Community Concert Hall continue to collaborate to bring in touring artists from all over the world to the region. Michael Franti & Spearhead’s last visit to Durango was in 2016 to celebrate KSUT’s 40th Anniversary. In July of 2022, KSUT and the Community Concert Hall hosted Lyle Lovett with His Large Band to join Durango in celebration of July 4th.
Tami Graham, KSUT Executive Director, met Charles Leslie, Community Concert Hall Director, in 2009 when he assumed his role at the Community Concert Hall. She was an independent concert producer with her company, Tami Graham Presents and she states they were found to be “kindred spirits when it comes to their taste in music and a performance experience.”
Durango Mesa Park is located just south of Durango and overlooks downtown with commanding views of the La Plata Mountain range. Seating is general admission and a list of items allowed into the park will be available closer to the concert date. Parking will be at a premium and plans and options for both automobiles and bicycles are in the works. Travel and accommodations information can be found at Visit Durango online at www.durango.org.
Tickets are $76 and go on sale to the public at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 12, at www.durangoconcerts.com, or by phone, Monday – Friday, noon–5 p.m. at 970-247-7657. All sales final. Posted ticket prices include applicable service charges. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Do It for The Love non-profit organization.