Michael Franti comes to UAB campus for free performance

Michael Franti performing live - photo credit: Mark Runyon / ConcertTour.orgMichael Franti performing live (Creative Commons photo credit: Mark Runyon / ConcertTour.org)Reggae rocker and social activist Michael Franti will be at UAB Thursday, Jan. 24 for a free lecture and concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Alys Stephens Center. The singer's visit to campus is part of the 50 Years Forward commemoration of Birmingham's Civil Rights Movement.

If you've attended the Hangout Music Fest in Gulf Shores, chances are you've become a fan of Michael Franti (that is, if you weren't already). He and his band Spearhead have become such a beloved mainstay as a headliner of the festival that during his most recent appearance there, he received an honorary key to the city.

Here in Birmingham, radio personality Scott Register has made Franti's music a staple of his playlists for The Morning Blend and Reg's Coffeehouse (both on Birmingham Mountain Radio) for years.

The last appearance Franti made in Birmingham was in Oct. 2010 at WorkPlay. Here's a clip from a mini-acoustic set he performed outside the venue that might be indicitave of what to expect at his UAB show.

Since Michael Franti's performance at the Alys Stephens Center is free, no tickets are required. You can just skip the box office and walk on in. However, since the event is open not just to UAB students, but also to the community as a whole, you might want to get there a little early.