Michael Franti Hospitalized, Cancels Shows

Our thoughts and prayers go out to musician Michael Franti, who was hospitalized last week for a ruptured appendix and had to undergo emergency surgery. The timing was especially poor, as it forced Franti's band Spearhead to bow out of four scheduled concert appearances, including the Wanderlust Festival in Lake Tahoe and the Greek Theatre in Berkeley.

In a press statement, Franti said “It's with deep emotion that I will not be able to perform over the next week or so, especially in places like Calgary, Vegas, Tahoe and Berkeley, where I've been fortunate enough to share my music with so many people over the years. I'm sorry to disappoint, but I will be back as soon as possible. Big love.”

Franti is reportedly recovering from the procedure and in good spirits. He's hoping to get back on the road by July 31st for a scheduled concert appearance in Tulsa, OK. Speahead's next Bay Area date is September 12, when they headline the Power to the Peaceful Festival. By the way, according to a source at Franti's management company, Guerilla Management, this year's PTTP will feature Jamaican legends Sly +Robbie, with a certain female Canadian singer-songwriter known for a big hit which rhymes with “Glue Outta Snow” “90% confirmed.”

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