Get ready for another spectacular performance that gets you on your feet and filled with spirit! Michael Franti & Spearhead are back by popular demand!

Franti is recognized as a pioneering force for using music as a vehicle for positive change as well as his unforgettable, high-energy shows with his band, Spearhead. With the multi-platinum success of his song "Say Hey (I Love You)" and the chart-breaking 2010 release of "The Sound Of Sunshine," Franti and his band guarantee a show that will be filled with emotion and a great a dance party.
“We’re thrilled Michael Franti & Spearhead are returning to perform at what we think is the coolest party in Seattle on Friday, August 8, at Gas Works Park.” said Amy Lavin, Obliteride’s executive director. “We believe that Franti’s spirit echoes Obliteride and that’s why he’s back! Plus we heard loud and clear from many of you that you wanted him to come back!” 

“I’m proud to be playing at the Obliteride party,” said frontman Michael Franti. “It was an incredible night last year and I really enjoyed performing for people so committed to making the world a better place by helping end cancer.”

Opening for Michael Franti & Spearhead is Olympia native Ethan Tucker, who has collaborated and toured with Franti. Tucker’s unique blend of soul, blues, reggae and jazz is a perfect complement to Franti’s fun and uplifting blend of hip hop, funk, reggae, jazz, folk and rock.


Music continues throughout Obliteride weekend. Those riding the two-day, 150-mile route will soak up more great music at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma on Saturday, Aug. 9, with Canadian folk and rock group The Paperboys, also returning for a second Obliteride performance.
Obliteride weekend wraps with a fun twist on Sunday, Aug. 10. Three local contestants from NBC’s talent show “The Voice” will perform at Magnuson Park. Stephanie Anne Johnson of Tacoma kicks off the afternoon at 12:30 p.m., followed by Austin Jenckes of Duvall at 2 p.m., with a closing performance by season one finalist and Tacoma native Vicci Martinez at 4 p.m.

“We are really excited to bring this local talent to the Obliteride stage,” said Lavin. “Each artists brings their own style of music– from Austin’s country and folk to Stephanie’s indie soul to Vicci’s acoustic rock— we think these performers will bring a festive close to a great weekend.”  

All registered riders participating in Obliteride will receive two complimentary tickets to the private Friday night kickoff party. The party honors and thanks riders for fundraising and participating in the ride. Family, friends and supporters are also invited to join riders and volunteers for the finish line concerts on Sunday.
Don’t miss out on all the fun. Register to ride— which gets you a pass to an entire weekend of concerts, great food and drinks, and celebration for a cause we all care about—ending cancer.