Zo Tobi

Genre: Inspirational Rock / Socially Conscious Rock

Location: Oakland, Bay Area, CA

Similar to: Michael Franti, Nahko, Jason Mraz, Trevor Hall

Influences: Michael Franti, Nico & Vinz, John Legend, U2, Dave Matthews Band, United Pursuit

Available for: Solo & full band performances, as well as talks & workshops on leadership and purpose.

Fun Facts: Zo is also a community organizer, certified leadership coach, and faculty member at the Academy for Coaching Excellence.


Positive as Michael Franti, epic as Dave Matthews Band, and infectious as Nahko & Medicine for the People, Zo Tobi delivers inspirational rock that lifts the spirit and stirs us to action.

“Small Sweet Step,” his latest single with Grammy-winning producer, Jeff Bova, captures Zo’s sweet spot: The passion of gospel, the energy of rock, and the catchiness of pop. In-studio and onstage, Zo takes you on a rhythmic journey of lyrical depth, spiritual inquiry, and emotional catharsis.

Zo grew up in a middle-class, multicultural Israeli-American family in southern New Hampshire. He gained his work ethic and sense of social responsibility watching his father work long days as a house-painter to give his kids a better life than he had; and, he gained his environmental conscience seeing his mom lead a successful campaign to get citywide curbside recycling in their hometown.

Zo’s political and moral consciousness blossomed at age 16 during President George W. Bush’s disastrous first term, when his 80-year old mentor shook him out of his sense of cynicism by warning him: “When you’re my age, your grandkids will ask you what you did with your life.”

By college, he dove head-first into climate justice activism. After working 80 hours a week post-college as a grassroots organizer, he “burned out.” After a period of soul-searching, he returned to social change with a more spiritual lens and co-founded the youth leadership organization, Generation Waking Up. Then, with the help of mentors and wisdom teachers, he became a certified leadership coach, and began supporting other social change leaders to make their difference without burning themselves out.

Now, Zo writes, records, and performs, while working as a coach and course leader with the Academy for Coaching Excellence to spread wisdom teachings and success principles to leaders and changemakers across the planet.

Past Performances

Zo has played for audiences of a dozen to several thousand. A very partial list of past tour dates includes:

  • American University – Washington, DC
  • Arlington Street Church – Cambridge, MA
  • Babson College – Babson Park, MA
  • Bay Path College – Bay Path, MA
  • Bioneers – San Rafael, CA
  • Bioneers By the Bay – New Bedford, MA
  • People’s Climate Rally @ Boston Opera House – Boston, MA
  • Bridgewater State College – Bridgewater, MA
  • Brown University – Providence, RI
  • Clark University – Worcester, MA
  • Colby-Sawyer College – New London, NH
  • Connecticut College – New London, CT
  • DemocracyFest – Bedford, NH
  • Georgetown University – Washington, DC
  • George Washington University – Washington, DC
  • Greenpeace Activist Summit – VA
  • The Launching Pad (Centers for Spiritual Living) – Berkeley, CA
  • Power Shift 2007 – College Park, MD
  • UU Congregation of Marin – San Rafael, CA
  • Unitarian Universalist Church in Meriden – Meriden, CT
  • First Unitarian Church of Worcester – Worcester, MA
  • University Of Vermont – Burlington, VT
  • UC Davis – Davis, CA
  • Wellesley College – Wellesley, MA
  • Williams College – Williamstown, MA



Zo is available for full-band and solo acoustic performances for:

  • Conferences & retreats
  • Schools & universities
  • Religious & spiritual centers
  • Festivals
  • House concerts
  • Political events
  • Music clubs


“Zo’s music is exciting, and his words ask questions that need to be asked.” – Ezra Veitch, 100.1

“His lyrics are those of an activist intertwining passion with conscience.” – Charlene Johnston, Democracyfest Coordinator

“Zo brings an infectious love of his craft to the stage… His versatility and finesse are inspiring.”
 – James O’Brien, Club Passim