Michael Franti may be best known for his positive, socially conscious songs, but the East Bay musician is also a philanthropist. Together with his wife Sara, Franti grants “live music wishes” to people living with life-threatening illnesses, children with severe challenges, and wounded veterans.
The Frantis have collaborated with a number of acclaimed artists, including Blake Shelton and Lady Gaga, to raise funds for their “Do It For The Love” foundation. Now the couple has teamed up with local celebrity chef Charlie Palmer to make more musical wishes come true.
On Thursday, May 24, Franti will perform at an intimate concert, for up to 150 guests, on the rooftop of the newest luxury hotel in downtown Napa, The Archer. The event, called Vines & Vibes, is part of BottleRock Napa Valley’s pre-festival happenings. The evening includes a dinner prepared by Charlie Palmer (who has a steakhouse at the hotel) paired with local wines and craft cocktails. Tickets are $1000 per person; proceeds go toward the “Do It For The Love” foundation.
Palmer, who is a big fan of Franti’s music and charitable work, is “thrilled” to be involved in the event. “It’s going to be an incredible evening,” Palmer said.
Twenty guests, who paid $2,500 each for a now sold out VIP experience, will have a cocktails with the Frantis and Palmer before the show and observe the famous chef whip up his special Vines & Vibes creations in his kitchen.
After a multi-course dinner with guests, Franti will perform a live, acoustic set with Matt Nathanson and Sam Getz of the blues-rock band Welshly Arms. The Frantis have previously collaborated with BottleRock, including performing at the festival.
“We are ecstatic to be working with the BottleRock team again on this fabulous event, and to be having it on the gorgeous rooftop of the Archer Hotel,” the Frantis said in a press release, “We are grateful for the generosity of the winery and community partners supporting this effort to help bring joy through music to those in need.”
Tickets are on sale now and start at $1,000 per person. Visit doitforthelove.org for more information.