Michael Franti and Spearhead are headlining this year's Spruce Moose Festival on the mountain side at Big Sky Resort on September 1st.  I thought it would be a good idea to get to know the man before the show.  Assuming that his Wikipedia page is true, here are a few things about Michael Franti.

Where is he from?

Mr. Franti hails from Oakland California.  Impressive that coming out of what has been a city that has a history for violence, Michael has made such a positive movement with his music.

What was his first band?

The Beatnigs was Michael's first go at putting a musical group together was out of San Francisco and did well in the area.

He doesn't like to wear shoes

This is something that is off the beaten path so I have a bit of skepticism about.  According to Wikipedia at some point Michael made the decision, involving his vegan diet, that he was going to walk barefoot for 3 days. That turned into never wearing them. With the exception of flip-flops where absolutely necessary.

He played basketball in college

Michael Franti standing tall at 6'6" attended the University of San Francisco on a full basketball scholarship.

According to this video he loves the Giants!

Spruce Moose 2012 Featuring Michael Franti and Spearhead and Special Guests The Whigs: Saturday September 1st, 7pm at Big Sky Resort, 1 Lone Mountain Trail, Big Sky, MT. Tickets $35