By Michael Lello
Yoga, bare feet, charity. . . . It’s all a bit much to take, especially for a cynic. But listen to Michael Franti talk about things like his reason to eschew footwear, and the Do It For The Love Foundation, which he started with his girlfriend, an emergency room nurse — well, he’ll likely win you over pretty easily.
The Soulshine tour, which hits the Skyline Stage at the Mann Center in Philadelphia on Tuesday, July 22, features Franti and his longtime band Spearhead, SOJA, Brett Dennen and Sonna Rele, as well as acclaimed yoga teachers such as Ryan Leier, Baron Baptiste and Seane Corn. In addition to music, the vent includes yoga and “sustainable living activities.”
Calling Highway 81 Revisited from an airport after performing at the Wakarusa Festival in Arkansas, Franti — who was wearing flip-flops, a compromise he makes so he can fly — spoke with us about how he got turned on to yoga, Soulshine’s diverse lineup, his musical past and future and his charity efforts. You can listen to the entire interview below.