Friday night will mark Michael Franti’s eighth performance at Les Schwab Amphitheater. Bendites probably know what to expect: solid reggae-rock-hip-hop grooves and jams galore from Franti’s band, Spearhead, and Franti’s uplifting, love-first message. Though it might be business as usual, that message would seem more timely than ever against the backdrop of political and social divisions worldwide, and that’s the idea behind Franti’s current Love Out Loud tour. His message is also embodied in the new video for single “Summertime is in Our Hands” off last year’s “Soulrocker” album and the joint summer campaign for Franti’s Do It For the Love organization, which brings people with life-threatening illnesses, wounded veterans and children to concerts. Come early and let Toronto’s participatory singing group Choir! Choir! Choir! put you to work. What better way to spread the love?
Michael Franti & Spearhead, with Choir! Choir! Choir!: 6:30 p.m. Friday, doors open at 5 p.m.; $43 plus fees; Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Drive, Bend; bendconcerts.com or 541-312-8510.