Saturday, August 08, 2009

A Little Change Will Do You Good...

After a series of shows that generated rave reviews in Los Angeles, New Orleans and the U.K., it was announced that Playing For Change will launch a national concert tour. The fall tour will bring the Playing For Change movement to over 20 cities nationwide. The Playing For Change band features musicians from around the globe, many of whom appeared in the now ubiquitous "Stand By Me" video (which has been viewed on the internet more than 30 million times) including New Orleans based blues singer Grandpa Elliott and soul singer Clarence Bekker from Amsterdam.

Grammy-winning producer/engineer/filmmaker Mark Johnson founded Playing For Change on the simple idea that the world can be connected through music. Starting in Santa Monica, California, Mark captured a performance of “Stand By Me” by legendary street blues singer Roger Ridley, then he took the show on the road. In New Orleans, he put headphones on Grandpa Elliott, who harmonized with Ridley’s soulful rendition of the song. And he didn’t stop there. Using innovative mobile technology and travelling the world, they filmed and recorded more than 100 musicians, largely outdoors, in parks, plazas and promenades, in doorways, on cobblestone streets and amid hilly pueblos. Each captured performance created a new mix in which essentially the artists are all performing together, albeit hundreds or thousands of miles apart.

Tour Dates
10/20 Alexandria, VA @ The Birchmere
10/22 Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theater
10/23 Northampton, MA @ Calvin Theater
10/24 Albany, NY @ Empire Center at the Egg
10/25 New York, NY @ Town Hall
10/27 Glenside, PA @ The Keswick
10/29 Annapolis, MD @ Ram’s Head on Stage
10/30 Cleveland, OH @ Masonic Auditorium
10/31 Toronto, Canada @ Phoenix Music Hall
11/02 Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
11/03 Chicago, IL @ The Park West
11/04 Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
11/06 St. Paul, MN @ O’Shaunessy
11/07 Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre
11/09 Santa Fe, NM @ Lensic Performing Arts Center
11/12 Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center
11/13 Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
11/15 San Francisco, CA @ Palace of Fine Arts
11/17 Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theatre
11/18 Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
11/19 Vancouver, Canada @ Commodore Ballroom

Playing For Change Official Site



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