Michael Franti Partners With Soles4Souls
August 24, 2010 at 12:25 PM (PT)
MICHAEL FRANTI has announced a partnership with SOLES4SOULS, the international shoe charity dedicated to providing free shoes to people in need around the world. In an effort to collect/sponsor 100,000 pairs of shoes, the campaign will serve to raise awareness of the need for footwear both nationally and internationally.
In addition, nine cities along FRANTI’s "The Sound of Sunshine Tour" this FALL will be designated as part of The "Barefoot Concert Series" where fans"can donate/sponsor shoes and learn more about the programs at SOLES4SOULS. Fans will also be able to donate funds via text message by texting keyword "FRANTI" to 20222 or via michaelfranti.com and soles4souls.org. Local distributions, as well as additional promotions (including impromptu busking performances by FRANTI), will be held in select cities throughout his tour.
"Ten years ago I made a decision to go barefoot after playing music for kids in many countries who could not afford shoes," said FRANTI. "I know some of the aches and pains that go along with being barefoot, but have no idea what it’s like to not be able to afford them. Partnering with SOLES4SOULS is a way of putting my experience to use helping families take a first step out of the cycle of poverty.
SOLES4SOULS is a NASHVILLE-based charity. Since 2005, SOLES4SOULS has given away over 11 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes (currently distributing one pair every 7 seconds). The shoes have been distributed in 125 countries.
"Barefoot Concert Series" Tour Dates:
9/11 SAN FRANCISCO, Golden Gate Park (PTTP)
9/22 LOS ANGELES, Club Nokia
10/7 MINNEAPOLIS, The State Theater
10/8 CHICAGO, The Riviera Center
10/13 NASHVILLE, Ryman Auditorium
10/28 NEW YORK, Terminal 5
10/30 PHILADELPHIA, The Electric Factory
11/13 CLEVELAND, House of Blues
11/14 PONTIAC, MI, Crofoot Ballroom