Franti, Hardson come from a similar place |

Franti, Hardson come from a similar place

Singer-songwriters Michael Franti and Tre Hardson are alike in so many ways.

For starters, their issue-oriented originals are in the same soulful hip-hop style. And both musicians are known for their high-energy, uplifting performances.

Furthermore, both cite Bob Marley and Sly and the Family Stone as among their influences. And then Franti and Hardson really enjoy each other’s works.

“I’m very, very familiar with Michael. He’s a wonderful person to listen to,” Hardson says.

Franti says of Hardson, “I’ve been a fan of his for a long time from the Pharcyde. Now I’m a fan of his new band.”

Having them together on the same stage makes great sense, which will be the case Wednesday when Franti’s Spearhead tour of the western United States and Vancouver kicks off in none other than Nevada City. Hardson’s band is the opening act.

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