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In Photos: Michael Franti & Spearhead at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

Michael Franti and Spearhead perform at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater Friday, June 24. (MoonFrog Media/Tom Dorgan)

WILMINGTON — Every year that Michael Franti brings his soulshine to town, Wilmington, young and old, sop up his rays with welcome arms.

The two-night show at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater sold out last weekend. Soulrockers showed out in full force, according to photographer Tom Dorgan of MoonFrog Media who captured scenes from Friday’s show.

Franti played through 16 or so songs across the main stage and satellite stages set up throughout the venue. He would move between them during his performance, ensuring he could reach audiences in every area of the venue up close and personal.

“He brought different kids up on stage to sing throughout the night,” Dorgan said.

Franti has become Wilmington’s most revered family-friendly show; kids sing and dance, some even take over the mic — and the musician always welcomes the interaction.

Franti also hosts yoga ahead of his shows to promote peace and unity. This year was no exception as folks gathered at the amphitheater Saturday afternoon to take a class with Wilmington Yoga, while Franti and the band played some acoustic songs.

Below is the setlist and scenes from Friday night’s performance, including photos of The New Respects, a Nashville, Tennessee, band that opened the show.

Setlist

How We Living
I’m Alive
Once A Day
Sound of Sunshine
Life is Better
Let Your Soulshine
Sun and Moon 
Work Hard
All My Friends 
Tequila
Live Is Amazing Follow Your Heart 

Acoustic mini set
Better
People Need People
How Life Reminds Us 


I Got You
Good Day
Better 
Say Hey
Best At Loving You
My Lord

The New Respects


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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