By Alan Crandall / For Music Marauders
It was a hot and muggy day at the Salvage Station, afternoon rains had made it additionally humid early before the Michael Franti & Spearhead concert, Sunday, June 22, 2022. Luckily by show time, the skies had cleared, and the breeze had cooled down the outdoor venue to a very comfortable 85 degrees, an almost perfect temperature for a concert next to the French Broad River, in Asheville, NC. The Soulrockers, a self-named moniker for fans of Franti, began arriving well before the 5:00 p.m. venue opening time. The line to get in was filled with exuberant fans, ready for the show. A half-full venue greeted The New Respects, a 4 piece band out of Nashville, that has secured the opening position for this show and many of the Summer 2022 “Follow Your Heart” tour dates. The New Respects played an energetic show that really got the crowd hopping and ready for the main act.
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