Another super cool experience at the National Theater in Richmond, Virginia. This time with Michael Franti and Spearhead. The energy was up. Super up. People were going off. The Sunday night vibe was absent. This was more like a Friday night aptmosphere. Michael is very generous with his stage. Bringing up all kinds of people to dance, sing, play harmonica and even guitar. I was honored to be invited up for the latter. It was a song that I’ve never heard before but Michael was confident that I would get it. I trusted him, and he was right.
My wife, Emily, who is a huge Spearhead fan, had a set list of her favorite Spearhead songs prepared on the off chance that the backstage conversation with Michael would veer into request land. It didn’t. But she was ready if it had. We were given an official set list so I could keep track of the show and be in ready position when my sit in came around. Her songs were not on the list. After my sit in, Emily started jokingly hinting around that maybe I could make a sign with her requests on it and go to the front row in hopes that MF sees me there, takes pity on me, thus playing her request (like we had seen other people do during the show). I told her that I would gladly guard her cocktail from the balcony while she set off on her mission. Like that was going to happen….. Of course it didn’t. Then……. she made me an offer that I couldn’t refuse. I quickly snagged a day sheet off of the backstage wall and ran into the production office to find a Sharpie. I wrote the words “Keller and Emily will have sex tonite if you play Everybody Ona Move la la la.” I ran down to stage right where Antonio the kick ass, super friendly guitar tech had started casing up guitars…….. I asked him to hand off the note to MF. He refused as he should’ve and directed me to Jason (the tour manager). Jason was in the stage right pit helping people on and off the stage. I couldn’t get to him fast enough. The final song was approaching. It was to be the hit (Say Hey I Love You) time was running out. Obviously, I wasn’t going to go out on stage and hand it to Michael. Just then, the stage left tech walked by and I pawned it off on him. Knowing full well that my chances were slim I returned to the balcony. They launched into the hit. When it was almost over, to our astonishment, they kicked in to Everybody Ona Move. We were grooving with giant grins on our faces. It worked! And then…… MF said….. “This is a special dedication to Keller and his wife who are trying to conceive another child TONITE!!” Well…… I guess I deserved that and should’ve expected it. We are more than happy with our two children but do not want another. We both feel MF has magic powers. So with that being said…. I definitely did not get laid. But if I had….. and a baby was made…… we would’ve named it Loudee. As in “I like my bass loudee loudee loudah.”
Check out the episode of FrantiTV featuring the exercise regimes of the band as well as a final shout out from Keller HERE.