Michael Franti

Maranda Pleasant: Hey Michael, great to speak to you again. What is the Soulshine Tour?

Michael Franti: The Soulshine Tour is the first ever music and yoga concert tour with performers Michael Franti & Spearhead, Souja, Trevor Hall, and Brett Dennen. At each venue, there will be a yoga class featuring acoustic music by myself and the others on the tour followed by concerts by each of the bands.

Sound like fun?

MP: That sounds awesome! Where did you come up with the idea?

MF: I started practicing yoga on tour 12 years ago and it has become a part of my daily ritual on the road. Over the years I’ve visited yoga schools in almost every city that we’ve traveled to and I’ve met yoga instructors from all over. I’ve always felt very supported by the yoga community.

In the past few years, I’ve started inviting teachers and fans to come to my shows and have impromptu yoga practices with myself and whoever else wanted to join in. These classes started to grow bigger and bigger and last year when we played the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado we had 2,000 yogis show up for a pre-concert yoga class led by Gina Caputo.

So, this summer we thought why not take the concept on the road?

MP: When will the tour begin and where will it go?

MF: The tour starts in mid-June and will continue through August. We will be in 30 cities across America and Canada.

MP: Why combine music and yoga?

MF: Music and yoga have a great synergy. One of the things I love about yoga is that it brings you into the present moment. You aren’t worried about what will happen tomorrow and you aren’t thinking about what happened yesterday. It’s about opening your heart and living from your heart.

Music is also one of the great heart openers. Sometimes, you hear the lyrics of a song and you dance, laugh, smile, or perhaps even cry. Music gets us in touch with our emotions in a way that’s more intimate than any other art form.

And I’m certain that every yoga class on the tour will incorporate A LOT of dancing.

MP: What if you’ve never practiced yoga before? Is this concert for you? 

MF: First and foremost, this tour is a music tour. The bands that we have are amazing and talented, and there will be DJs playing in between sets. If you’re a music fan that just comes out for the concert, you are still going to have the time of your life.

If you have never tried yoga before, this is going to be an opportunity to try something for the first time with amazing teachers and live music that you would normally just hear on an iPod in a yoga studio.

Check out MichaelFranti.com for more details on the Soulshine Tour.

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