Ah, back in the press office for a show night. First time since September 2009, and the energy is definitely palpable. In a strange way, it's a comfort to be back in this satellite office, knowing that there are roughly 100 shows ahead of me...but we'll see if I'm singing the same tune come August.
If you are a lawn ticket holder for tonight's show, then you are in for a treat. Rumor has it that towards the end of the show, Franti and Spearhead will jump off stage and head to center lawn where they will play out the remainder of their set. I can somewhat substantiate this rumor because I saw them sound check from the lawn earlier this afternoon, and it sounded fantastic.
Franti's new single "Say Hey (I Love You)" has clearly exposed him to a much broader demographic, as evidenced by a greater percentage of preppy folk sitting on the lawn. He typically draws a more traditional reggae crowd, but his decision to move more towards the music "center" has obviously paid serious dividends for him. Franti arrived in D.C. a day early and found some time in his very ZEN schedule to chat with Mix 107.3's Tommy McFly. You can check out the interview here if you're in the mood for some Franti candids.
Enjoy the show if you're headed out...and sit on the lawn! I'll post a set list tomorrow - I hope to do that a lot more this season. In an ideal world, 2-3 times each week.