Elevate Oakland's first benefit concert this week will pack soul (Michael Franti and Friends, Judith Hill, Goapele), spice (Ozomatli), and pure rock (Orianthi). Franti — still in the midst of filming an autobiographical documentary about his song “11:59” — will be bringing his upbeat light-reggae balladry to the headlining slot. Australian singer and guitar-shredder Orianthi released her latest country and blues concoction Heaven In This Hell to high ratings last March, and L.A. singer-songwriter Judith Hill received an Academy Award nomination for her part in the background-singer documentary 20 Feet From Stardom. One can only hope that Franti, Hill, and Goapele's soul front will peacefully collide with the frenetic Alice-Cooper-energy of Ozomatli's newest release, Place in the Sun. The whole night is a benefit to support arts and music in Oakland schools, presented by legendary East Bay percussionist and singer Sheila E.
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