Want to feel better about life? Go see a Michael Franti and Spearhead show. The feel good positivity and uplifting spirit comes across in every song, and may just be the most infectious happy music out there. From jumping around the stage with boundless energy, to performing out in the audience multiple times over the 23 song set list, to sharing the vocal duties with kids and audience members, the show was a true sing-a-long happy group experience. When you take that positive energy and uplifting energy and put it smack dab in the middle of San Diego’s Shelter Island at Humphreys Concerts By The Bay, you have the makings of a very special night.
This was the last night of the current tour, which meant special appearances by the crew on stage singing along with the band and audience. It really felt like a celebration of life, music, and being surrounded by friends and family. A great mix of old and new songs including the catchy “Good Shit Happens”, which might be my new favorite tune. There were stories told of personal loss to Covid-19 and how the world might seem like a darker place right now, but any feeling of being down or overwhelmed by all that liufe has been putting us through were soon replaced by feelings that we can make it all better, we can make it a better place, and life really is better with people around you.
Alan Hess is a photographer based in San Diego, where he lives with his wife and two rescued boxers.
Alan is currently the house photographer for a large concert and event venue in Southern California where he photographs everything from major musical acts to ice hockey. When he isn’t out taking photographs, he spends his time writing books and is an accomplished photography educator and trainer.
Alan’s images have been published in a variety of places including news papers, magazines, websites, promotional materials, album artwork, and press releases. His clients include The Associated Press, Fox Television, FX Network, USA Network, Hasbro, Framus Guitars, Gibson, The Dead, Picture Group, Photoshop User Magazine, Steel Pulse, Ziggy Marley, and many more.
He is the author of sixteen photography and technology books covering everything from night and low light photography to multiple shot techniques. His books are sold around the world and have been translated in other languages including: Chinese, French, Polish, Japanese, Thai, and Italian.