Transverse Drive at John F Kennedy Drive
San Francisco, California 94121

Admission is free, but $5 donation is requested.

• Michael Franti + Spearhead
• Alanis Morissette
• Sly & Robbie
• Cherine Anderson
• Vieux Farka Toure‘
• Sellassie
• Truth Universal
• Aguas Da Bahia & Tambores Julio Remelexo Drum & Dance Ensemble


The Bay Area born Franti has been bringing our world exceptionally powerful, deeply felt music under a variety of names and in a wide range of genres for twenty years. From the intense punk rock of the Beatnigs, to the deeply political rap he made with the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy to his joyful and meaningful modern soul music with Spearhead, and now as Michael Franti & Spearhead, this still young man has released an impressive series of recordings that have vividly reflected his status as a musical citizen of this world.

Consider Franti’s most recent musical masterpiece, All Rebel Rockers, an album featuring the legendary production team of Sly & Robbie that reinforces his place as a global force and a true musician of his time. Recently, Franti’s latest release entered the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart in the Top 40 and hit #4 on the Top Independent sheadAlbum Chart, and further demonstrated that Franti remains very much at the height of his artistic powers.

“As a musician and a man, I more than anything else want to be a unifier,” Franti explains. “I want to bring people together through music and its unique power. And I hope that somehow that sense of unity extends beyond the music.”


Fourteen years after the breakthrough debut of Jagged Little Pill, an album which earned four GRAMMYs, sold 30 million records and spawned a dedicated worldwide fan base, Alanis Morissette remains not only an enduringly popular artist, but one whose celebrated body of work stems from a fierce commitment to authenticity and, to an equal extent, vulnerability. She has always evidenced that she was an artist with her own point of view and is regarded as one of the most insightful artists of our time. To this day, Jagged Little Pill remains the best-selling debut release by a female artist in the U.S. and is also the highest selling debut album worldwide in music history.

As a recording artist, Alanis Morissette has released a series of groundbreaking albums that have sold more than 60 million copies worldwide. She has won twelve Juno Awards, eight Grammy Awards, and has also received an additional fourteen GRAMMY nominations. Her subsequent five studio albums have all included a series of chart-topping singles. Her most recent release, Flavors of Entanglement, was released in June 2008 and debuted in the US in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart. The album garnered widespread acclaim and included a worldwide tour playing to ecstatic packed-house crowds all across the globe.

Among a breadth of charity work, Morissette especially finds time to support environmental causes and organizations, such as Reverb, a non-profit that helps musicians and music fans to achieve environmental sustainability through carbon-neutral initiatives. Morissette was one of the first artists to have her CD and DVD materials released on recycled paper. Initially, she paid for this out of her own pocket, but it’s now become an industry standard. Her passions also include women’s issues and artists’ rights on behalf of which she has written several articles, as well as spoken to Congress.


Theirs is the ultimate musical marriage, a partnership that, once formed, re-etched the very landscape of not just Jamaican music, but the entire world’s. Such hyperbole is oftentimes rolled out by publicity machines whenever two musical talents come together, but in the case of drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespeare, it really was an earth-shattering union. Their rhythms have been the driving force behind innumerable songs — one statistician estimated that together they’ve played on approximately 200,000 tracks, and that doesn’t count remixes, versions, and dubs. As a production team, the pair has been the equivalent of a creative storm, the cutting edge of modern dub, ragga, and dancehall.


CHERINE ANDERSON is a musical breath of fresh air. Hailing from the tough streets of Kingston, Jamaica, the young singer-songwriter has spent the last two years building a reputation of hard-hitting songs and captivating live performances. With a growing fan base through consistent touring and the respect of some of music’s living legends, like Sly Dunbar, Cherine is being hailed as that female artist “with the potential to surpass reggae audiences and reach masses.” Having collaborated on official remixes with legendary artists including Madonna, Britney Spears, Sir Paul McCartney and Wyclef Jean all before releasing her own formal product, Anderson has already positioned herself as “one to watch”. Cherine spent 2008 on the road, touring with drum and bass legendary duo Sly & Robbie. She closed the year touring the US and Australia with the prolific Michael Franti & Spearhead.


Having a famous dad can be more of a curse than a blessing. For every Barry Bonds or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, both of whom overtook their fathers in the family business, there are thousands of sons who follow their dads with little success. (Franz Xaver Mozart, anyone?) But Vieux Farka Touré, the son of the great Malian guitarist Ali Farka Touré, has already stepped out from his late father’s shadow. Ali Farka Touré proved – in case anyone ever doubted it – that the soul of the blues could be found in West Africa. His son Vieux is turning heads with a more radical idea: that those western Saharan roots can be heard in everything from the jam band scene to Jamaican dub.


San Francisco Revolutionary Poet and Activist Sellassie is an alternative in today’s hip-hop. With a 2009 West Coast Hip Hop Award for “Knowledge Album of the Year”, his debut, I’m Tryin’ to Make a Livin’ Not a Killin’ is an exploration of socio-economic inequities, political injustices and the realities of ghetto life. A fresh perspective and new sound, Sellassie inspires with strong messages and dynamic beats, proof that there are young black artists that can make music that is creative, street and smart.


With his political messages, traditional Hip Hop sensibilities, and lyrics practically being the polar opposite of his mainstream Southern counterparts, Truth Universal belongs to the lesser-known Hip Hop underground in New Orleans. Originally born in Diego Martin, Trinidad, Tajiri Kamau moved to the Big Easy in 1977 at age four. Initially wanting to DJ, he dove head first into hip-hop culture in the mid-‘80s. His parents’ tastes in political reggae and calypso, including that of Mighty Sparrow, Calypso Rose, and Bob Marley, informed his hip-hop collection and guided him towards artists influenced by the Nation of Gods and Earths and others with empowering messages.


Born and raised in Salvador, Bahia, Tânia Santiago grew up in the heart of African influenced Brazil. She has taught, danced, and choreographed for the most well known companies in Brazil. Tânia choreographed and performed for Olodum on television, at concerts and at music festivals all over the world, including Europe, Asia and North America. In 1998 she formed the dance company Aguas Da Bahia which has performed at the Mexican Heritage, ODC, Herbst,USF Presentation, Brava, and Palace of Fine Arts Theatres as well as at the Cow Palace, Stanford University, and on the S.F. and Oakland Carnaval stages. In 2003 Aguas Da Bahia produced its own season with 6 shows in 4 cities. The critically acclaimed show AGUAS, was performed in front of 1200 people over three days in San Francisco at its sell-out shows at USF Presentation Theatre and Brava Theatre for the Arts.

Tambores Julio Remelexo is a Brazilian Percussion Band lead by Julio Remelexo. They play a blend of samba reggae, samba afro, arrocha, samba, hip hop and candomble rhythms. He is a drummer originally from the Afro-Bloco Ilê Aiyê in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil and has played with famous musicians all over the world. Julio originally started his band in 2004 as an all women’s percussion bloco here in the U.S. similar to those of Salvador, Brazil. Tambores Julio Remelexo is a lively, energetic group known for its rhythms, dancing while playing, and unique tricks with instruments. For a great time, amazing energy, fabulous entertainment, and lots of fun…look to Tambores de Julio Remelexo!!!!

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Added by cookiecrook on September 6, 2009