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Stars Autograph Ornaments for #celebritiesforsmiles

Lisa Lori | Posted 12.09.2014 | Entertainment
Lisa Lori

As the mother of three children who were born with a rare medical condition called facial paralysis, as well as other physical challenges, I know first hand the importance of a smile in a child's life and the life of their family.

Michael Franti to be Honored With Universal Smile Award

Lisa Lori | Posted 11.09.2014 | Good News
Lisa Lori

Some people just give good vibes. Musician and philanthropist Michael Franti and his partner Sara Agah, are two such people, and they give it in spades.

A High Road & Soulshine: Conversations with Michael Franti and Night Ranger's Kelly Keagy

Mike Ragogna | Posted 08.02.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Michael Franti: "I started practicing yoga on tour about 13 years ago as a way to really just take care of myself as I was going in and out of airports and tour busses and doing shows and promotion and staying up late and eating bad restaurant food, et cetera."

Chats With Jimmy Webb, Nora Guthrie and Little River Band's Wayne Nelson, Plus Tracy Newman and The Slants Exclusives, and Colin Gilmore's Best

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.06.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Let's talk about Jimmy Webb's new album, Still Within The Sound Of My Voice.

From Got Your Six to Folgers: A Conversation with Gavin DeGraw

Mike Ragogna | Posted 07.23.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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The Life Is Good Festival: An Amazing Weekend (PHOTOS)

Sandy Henson Corso | Posted 12.26.2012 | Travel
Sandy Henson Corso

When I heard there was a Life is Good festival I knew I had to attend.

Topanga Interviews Michael Franti (Video)

Sandy Henson Corso | Posted 11.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Sandy Henson Corso

I recently had the oppurtunity of meeting and interviewing Michael, and wow -- how powerful! His soul shines even brighter up close.

Review: My Kid's First Concert

Dan Sweeney | Posted 07.07.2012 | Parents
Dan Sweeney

I was determined that my 20-month-old son's first concert would be much earlier and a lot cooler than mine -- I had to give him something to brag about to his friends years from now.

Occupy Wall Street: Music Central To Protest

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 11.13.2011 | Home

By DAVID BAUDER, The Associated Press NEW YORK — The sound of insistent drumming bounces off the sides of nearby office towers announcing the loc...

Oh Bondage! Up Yours!

Shira Tarrant | Posted 12.24.2011 | Home
Shira Tarrant

Music fuels our anger and buoys our spirit. Lyrics break down the political problems we face. Songs offer solutions and give us hope. That is the foundation for the emerging soundtrack of our era.

WATCH: Anti-Flag, Talib Kweli And The Music Of Occupy Wall Steet

Posted 12.10.2011 | New York

There is no amplification allowed in Zucotti Park, home of the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York. It's why protesters have to use "the people's m...

Talib Kweli Makes Surprise Performance At Wall Street Protest

The Huffington Post | Gazelle Emami | Posted 12.07.2011 | Home

Talib Kweli is the latest musician to offer his support to the Occupy Wall Street movement. He showed up at New York's Liberty Plaza Thursday night fo...

From Woody Guthrie to Little Nut Tree: Chatting With Rob Wasserman and Dan Zanes

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.18.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

On Woody Guthrie: "in a short life he saw so much, but he was really present and there with people. I think he's just really vital, not just in his vision, but as a spokesman for America."

'Peoples' Reggae at the Aspen Jazz Fest

Anita Thompson | Posted 11.08.2011 | Denver
Anita Thompson

By the end of the third song, Leon and the Peoples had the entire stage filled with cheering festival-goers, some who appeared to be self-appointed go-go dancers.

Everything, Everytime, Everywhere, Mayhem and Beyond: Chatting with Imelda May, Trevor Hall and Motopony

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.18.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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When Playing Favorites, Grace Potter Always Bets On Red Rocks

Michael Bialas | Posted 09.04.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Grace Potter & the Nocturnals is an album of pulsating, in-your-face rock 'n' roll, with shimmy-shake-and-bake tracks worth repeating on your favorite playlist.

United Nations Secretary-General Challenges Hollywood to Sound the Alarm on Climate Change

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

UCLA Hammer Museum hosted a "Global Creative Forum" on February 22, bringing together United Nations representatives, environmental experts and entertainment industry leaders.

How Michael Franti Found the Sun

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Kristi York Wooten

With each major-key shuffle and slow-slurring island vibe, Franti gets a step closer to cementing himself as the goodwill ambassador for "no worries" globalism.

Augustana & Beyond: A Conversation with Counting Crows' Adam Duritz

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The last time the Counting Crows Traveling Circus & Medicine Show toured, lead singer Adam Duritz says he "was taking steroids so heavily to keep my voice together that I almost lost a leg."

Global Beat Fusion: Europe Calling

Derek Beres | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Derek Beres

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CARE Shows You Why to Celebrate International Women's Day on March 4

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Kristi York Wooten

CARE is honoring International Women's Day with their stirring presentation of the Half The Sky performance, featuring a variety of celebrities who will share stories and songs from the powerful book.

Stop Making Sense With Jerry Harrison & Chris Frantz, Plus a Robert Francis Interview, John Mayer News, and More

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

This year being the 25th anniversary of the release of the Talking Heads' concert classic Stop Making Sense, I spoke with Talking Heads Jerry Harrison and Chris Frantz on the cult favorite.

Video: Yoga + Green + Music = Wanderlust Festival.

Waylon Lewis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Waylon Lewis

I've been in this business for seven years, and Wanderlust Fest is the first time I've ever seen first tier yoga in a context of "hip," or big-time music in a context of mindfulness (green, yoga, etc.).

Changing the World, One Note at a Time

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Michael Franti's music is meant to rally the public and raise awareness. But, he wanted to take the music further. To protest the world's injustices, he needed to experience them, so, he headed to Baghdad.