** JUNE 27th – The Main Event Concert at Red Hat Amphitheater**

Michael Franti & Spearhead: Tickets on sale NOW!


Main Event – It’s almost here!

AnnounceWe’re less than two weeks away from the biggest, bestest event of the year. If you haven’t gotten your tickets for Michael Franti & Spearhead at Red Hat Amphitheater on June 27…now’s the time.


Franti will be joined by Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Elliot Root and Last Band Standing Winner Fat Cheek Kat. There’s hours of music, tons of fun and great people. And, it’s for a great cause – our 2015 partnership with StepUp Ministry. We’re on track to raise $2 million to help hundreds of individuals and families in our community get back on track with career and life skills training.


  • 5:00 – Gates Open
  • 6:00 – Fat Cheek Kat
  • 6:50 – Elliot Root
  • 8:00 – Big Sam’s Funky Nation
  • 9:30 – Michael Franti and Spearhead
  • 11:00 – Main Event concludes
  • 11:15 – After Party Deep South (next door) with The Archbishops of Blount Street!

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Michael Franti – All About Love

Franti 3Michael Franti is more than a really talented musician an entertainer. He’s also an acute observer of humanity, a global being and a guy that believes deeply in showing BIG love for his fellow humans. He’s weighed in a lot recently on the unrest between police officers and African-Americans, and his thoughts are playing out on the stage and in the recording studio. And, it turns out his reason for going shoeless is less about comfort and more about acknowledging the people he’s met around the world who cannot afford shoes – and his efforts to send shoes to 50 countries.

But rather than hijack content from other great sources, we’ll point you to three really good interviews with him  (below). Learn more about the man, his music and his causes – and you’ll understand why we’re so happy to have him headlining our show.

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A BIG Show

Did we mention HOURS of music at Red Hat? Not only do we have Michael Franti and show openers Fat Cheek Kat, but there’s great music in between.

BigSamFunkyNation_2014Big Sam’s Funky Nation (BSFN) is led by trombone powerhouse, Big Sam Williams, who the San Francisco Chronicle calls “the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz.” The band’s signature sound combines rock sensibility with improv-style jazz and a horn-heavy front section that’s the hallmark of big band funk. Big Sam has played with Dave Matthews and Widespread Panic and shared the stage with U2 and Green. They are going to give a performance that will blow your mind – and you can preview what you’ll see here.

Elliot RootElliot Root is an American alternative music group based in the heart of Music City Nashville. They’ve got two EP releases and a full album out this year, and they have spent the better part of a few years building a buzz around music that is hard to put in a box.

Challenged by the surrounding Nashville music scene, Elliot Root has received attention for their eclectic mix-­up of impactful melodies and an ever-changing variety of soundscapes – all influenced by the bands’ many musical heroes across genres. Visit their site and give them a listen.

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Take Uber! Save Money and Help the Cause!

UberLogoGet Home Safely! We are partnering with Uber this year for our concert, and the good folks at Uber are giving every new customer a free ride up to $20. PLUS – for EVERY new sign-up on Uber using our promo code, they will give $5 to Band Together! Stay safe, have fun and do a little (more) good. To Redeem: Download the Uber App ( and enter promo code BANDTOGETHERVIP.

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Around the Triangle Interview with StepUp Ministry

StepUp-croppedWant to learn more about our 2015 partner, StepUp Ministry? Here’s your chance… iHeart Media recently interviewed StepUp’s executive director, Linda Nunnallee and Liza Butler, a StepUp participant and now a staff member. You can hear the podcast of the interview by going here.

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volunteer-montageStill Seeking Main Event Volunteers!

It’s not too late to be a Band Together volunteer for the Main Event! There are still some fun roles left like helping in VIP, Silent Auction, set-up, break-down – there’s even one called “VIP: Fun & Games!”

Bottom line – if you can lend a hand, you’ll be part of the effort to raise $2 million for StepUp Ministry, and we promise you’ll have a lot of fun along the way. Go to our Sign-Up Genius page to learn more.

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Sponsors – We Can’t do it Without You!

There are literally too many individuals and corporate friends to list here, but we have to thank the generous folks who make our partnership impact possible. And, you can see all the 2015 sponsors, here.

BAND SPONSOR – $50,000+

PARTY SPONSOR – $25,000+





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