Somewhat off my game here. The Michael Franti show was on October 8th and here I am finally writing something about it. Not terribly impressive. That's how I'd sum up both my promptness and the performance. Don't get me wrong, there were definitely some highlights – some of which are captured below in images. The others don't translate to online form as well, such as the deep dish pizza from Zachary's in Rockridge that we brought in to snack on.
In what was a big surprise, the show was somewhat limp. It had all the right elements but something was off. I caught Franti at the Greek last year as well and this show really couldn't compare to that high-enery good-times performance. Maybe it was because they were filming the performance for a DVD – which means there was a camera boom constantly moving over the crowd – or maybe it was the expectations and pressure that Franti put on himself after signing up to stream the show online for his fans. Whatever it was, it made for a less than perfect evening.
That said, there were moments.
- The Pimps of Joy Time (the first opener) were nothing if not amusing, bringing their best whiteboy funk.
- Trombone Shorty (below) was the second opener of the night and he really turned it out.
- Beach balls!
- Franti took a couple occassions to perform while in the crowd. One of those times he stopped nearby us and sang in front of a USA/Peace flag that two little girls were holding (pictured above). Nothing says "I grew up in Berkeley" like being a 12 year old girl at a Franti show, losing your shit because he's singing to you.