Michael Franti and Spearhead Lit Up the Coast at Humphreys Concerts By The Bay in San Diego, California July-31-2022



I said it last year, and I’ll say it again, want to feel better about life? Go see a Michael Franti and Spearhead show. Part sing-a-long, part story telling, part memorial, part audience participation, this is not your regular concert experience. Let’s start by talking a little about the venue, which is one of the nicest places to see a concert anywhere. Humphreys Concerts By The Bay, an outdoor courtyard venue with a 1,400 seat capacity was completely sold out for this show. Humphreys sits on Shelter island in San Diego, California and is actually right up against the water, which allows for people to enjoy the music from their small boats and kayaks. 

First up were Tropidelic, a really fun band out of Cleveland Ohio. I had never heard of them before, and I saw that they were opening for Michael Frantic and Spearhead. I wasn’t surprised to find their mix of rock, funk, reggae and hip-hop to fit right in. It’s always fun when a band has a tight horn section and it was even better when members sat in with Michael Franti & Spearhead later on in the show. Actually there a few photos of the band in their gallery that were actually taken during the Spearhead set. 



Matthew Roads – Vocals/Guitar 

James Begin – Vocals/Trombone 

Bobby “Chronic” Markouc – Guitar

David “Pags” Paglisotti – Bass

Derek McBryde – Trumpet

Rex Larkman – Drums



There used to be a saying that there was nothing like a Grateful Dead show, and I went to a lot of those. I can now honestly say that there is nothing quite like a Michael Franti and Spearhead show. Let’s just put aside the great music, the feel good vibes, and the great music for a minute. Some of the other highlights of the show including a moving tribute to the late, great, Bill Russell, the center for the Boston Celtics. There was a shout out to the great, live-and-in-the-audience Bill Walton, another basketball great and fellow Greatful Dead fan. Also, to audience members (mostly kids) invited up on stage to sing along with Michael and the band. There were stories from the stage of love and loss and heartbreak and joy. Michael spent parts of various songs wondering around the audience and at one point, Carl Young took his bass out for a walk in the crowd. I did my best to capture all the action and ended up with way too many photos…. maybe the most difficult part of this shoot was narrowing the images down to just these…. enjoy. 

And if you get a chance to go see Michael Franti and Spearhead, GO, it will brighten your whole week.



Michael Franti – Vocals
Carl Young – Bass
J Bowman – Guitar
Mike Blankenship – Keyboard
Manas Itiene – Drums




1.) This Is How We Living

2.)  I’m Alive

3.)  Yell Fire

4.) Sound Of Sunshine

5.) Let Your Soulshine

6.) Sun and Moon

7.) Good Shit Happens

8.) Reggae

9.) Tequila

10.) Life is Amazing

11.) Best at Loving You

12.) Follow Your Heart

13.) I’m On Your Side / Better

14.) People Need People

15.) I Got You

16.) Good Day

17.) No Makeup

18.) Brighter Day

19.) Say Hey

20.) Say Hey Remix


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