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Michael Franti & Spearhead Announce 2020 'Work Hard & Be Nice' Tour: Exclusive

Michael Franti
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Michael Franti 

San Francisco artist and humanitarian Michael Franti and his band Spearhead will continue their mission to make the world a more positive place on an extensive 2020 Work Hard & Be Nice Tour across the U.S., Billboard can exclusively announce. 

The "Say Hey (I Love You)" singer will take to main stages in 90 cities, with Canadian rock band Bombargo and soul trio Satsang as support acts. Franti & Spearhead will also hit the road on Kenny Chesney's upcoming Chillaxification Tour, where they'll serve as the exclusive opening act on Chesney’s amphitheater dates and join Florida Georgia Line and Old Dominion for 23 stadium dates.

“I’m super excited about touring this year because now more than ever, we all need music that helps us get through challenging times and brings people together,” Franti says. “I love playing music, whether it’s in my living room, on a street corner or the amphitheaters and stadiums we’re going to be in this year. Regardless of the scale, music is the sound of feelings and the energy that we create with the audience, which makes us all believe that regardless of what we carried into the gig, we can walk out of the experience feeling ready to take on whatever the world has to throw at us next.”

Of the tour moniker, Franti explains, "I feel in this world, we are constantly trying to divide the human family into groups that we can refer to as ‘other.’ It’s important to stand up for the values of embracing our differences, being our authentic selves and accepting others for being themselves as well. Sometimes that’s hard work. Somewhere along the way, our society seems to have forgotten that working hard and being kind to other people, regardless of what their story or beliefs are, is still important. Actually, it’s more important than ever.”

The tour comes just over a year after their latest album, Stay Human, Vol. 11, which landed in January 2019. A remix of the set arrived in November, featuring four songs from the original album, including the surprisingly uplifting "This World Is So F*cked Up (But I Ain’t Ever Giving Up on It)."

Check out the full tour schedule below. The Soulrocker Fam pre-sale for Franti fan club members begins tomorrow (Feb. 5) at 10 a.m. local time at soulrockerfam.com. Tickets go on-sale to the general public on Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. local time, unless otherwise noted below.

Michael Franti & Spearhead’s 2020 Work Hard & Be Nice Tour Dates:

*Denotes dates supporting Kenny Chesney 
^On-sale date TBD

4/3/20 – North Carolina Azalea Fest – Wilmington, NC
4/18/20 – AT&T Stadium – Arlington, TX*
4/19/20 – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater – Austin, TX
4/22/20 – Mars Music Hall – Huntsville, AL
4/23/20 – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – New Orleans, LA
4/25/20 – Miller Park – Milwaukee, WI*
4/26/20 – The Sylvee – Madison, WI
4/27/20 – Englert Civic Theater – Iowa City, IA
4/29/20 – The District – Sioux Falls, SD
5/2/20 – U.S. Bank Stadium – Minneapolis, MN*
5/7/20 – Coral Sky Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL*^
5/8/20 – The St. Augustine Amphitheatre – St. Augustine, FL
5/9/20 – Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, FL*
5/10/20 – The Gates Hotel – Sunset Green Lawn – Key West, FL
5/12/20 – Soul Kitchen – Mobile, AL
5/13/20 – BankPlus Amphitheater – Southaven, MS*
5/14/20 – Brandon Amphitheater – Brandon, MS*
5/15/20 – Iron City – Birmingham, AL
5/16/20 – Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, GA*
5/22/20 – Minute Maid Park – Houston, TX*
5/23/20 – Alamodome – San Antonio, TX*
5/24/20 – BottleRock Festival – Napa, CA
5/28/20 – Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH*^
5/30/20 – Heinz Field – Pittsburgh, PA*
6/4/20 – Coastal Credit Union Park – Raleigh, NC*^
6/6/20 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO
6/7/20 – Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater – Vail, CO
6/11/20 – Walmart AMP – Rogers, AR*^
6/12/20 – First Financial Music Hall – El Dorado, AR
6/13/20 – Busch Stadium – St. Louis, MO*
6/14/20 – Manchester Music Hall – Lexington, KY
6/17/20 – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater – Virginia Beach, VA*^
6/18/20 – Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA*^
6/25/20 – PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte, NC*^
6/26/20 – The Caverns – Pelham, TN
6/27/20 – Nissan Stadium – Nashville, TN*
6/28/20 – Salvage Station – Asheville, NC
7/2/20 – Harveys Outdoor Amphitheatre – Stateline, NV*
7/3/20 – Harveys Outdoor Amphitheatre – Stateline, NV*
7/5/20 – Bobcat Stadium – Bozeman, MT*
7/6/20 – The Pub Station Ballroom – Billings, MT
7/8/20 – Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua – Bayfield, WI
7/9/20 – Door Community Auditorium – Fish Creek, WI
7/11/20 – Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, MO*^
7/16/20 – Edgefield – Troutdale, OR
7/17/20 – Les Schwab Amphitheater – Bend, OR
7/18/20 – CenturyLink Field – Seattle, WA*
7/23/20 – Ruoff Music Center – Noblesville, IN*^
7/24/20 – Howard Park – South Bend, IN
7/25/20 – Soldier Field – Chicago, IL*
7/29/20 – Isleta Amphitheater – Albuquerque, NM*^
7/30/20 – Ak-Chin Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ*^
7/31/20 – Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill County Park – Flagstaff, AZ
8/1/20 – SoFi Stadium – Inglewood, CA*
8/2/20 – Humphreys Concerts By The Bay – San Diego, CA
8/4/20 – The Cuthbert Amphitheater – Eugene, OR
8/5/20 – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater – Boise, ID*^
8/6/20 – USANA Amphitheatre – Salt Lake City, UT*^
8/11/20 – Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts – Salina, KS
8/12/20 – Rose Park – Columbia, MO
8/14/20 – Hensville Park – Toledo, OH
8/15/20 – Ford Field – Detroit, MI*
8/18/20 – Bergen Performing Arts Center – Englewood, NJ
8/19/20 – College Street Music Hall – New Haven, CT
8/20/20 – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview – Syracuse, NY*^
8/21/20 – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, NH
8/22/20 – MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, NJ*
8/24/20 – Seacrets Nite Club – Ocean City, MD
8/25/20 – Seacrets Nite Club – Ocean City, MD
8/26/20 – Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD*^
8/27/20 – The Paramount – Huntington, NY
8/28/20 – Gillette Stadium – Foxboro, MA*
8/29/20 – Gillette Stadium – Foxboro, MA*
9/19/20 – Santa Cruz Mountain Sol Festival – Felton, CA
9/28/20 – Vicar Street – Dublin, Ireland
9/29/20 – Saint Lukes – Glasgow, UK
10/1/20 – o2 Academy 2 – Manchester, UK
10/2/20 – o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London, UK
10/4/20 – Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, Belgium
10/5/20 – Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands
10/6/20 – Oosterpoort – Groningen, Netherlands
10/7/20 – Doornroosje – Nijmegen, Netherlands
10/9/20 – Maassilo – Rotterdam, Netherlands
10/10/20 – Gretchen – Berlin, Germany
10/11/20 – Luxor – Cologne, Germany
10/13/20 – New Morning – Paris, France 
10/14/20 – Bierhübeli – Bern, Switzerland
10/15/20 – Alcatraz – Milan, Italy