Playing For Change will stage an all-star concert and fundraiser for the Playing For Change Foundation, celebrating 10 years of positive change through music, supporting free music education for children across the globe. The evening overview including musicians, presenters and performers: The Doobie Brothers members Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons, and John McFee; as well as Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett from Little Feat; The Playing For Change Band, featuring 10 respected musicians from 10 different countries; world-renowned drummer James Gadson; The Ambassador of Soul, Ellis Hall; legendary harmonica player Lee Oskar; Mississippi living blues legend Vasti Jackson; singer/songwriter Nahko; and more.
Playing For Change, the multimedia company responsible for the popular ‘Songs Around The World’ video series, showing much success over the years by combining musicians from all walks of life, all over the world and showcasing music’s unifying power. Their videos have more than 450 million total online views since its release in 2008, with their first ‘Songs Around The World’ video, “Stand By Me,” Artists such as Keith Richards, Bono, Jack Johnson, David Crosby, Jimmy Buffett, Sara Bareilles, Manu Chao, and many others have participated in these multi-cultural videos, performing songs such as Bob Marley’s “One Love” and “War/No More Trouble,” Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay,” and John Lennon’s “Imagine.”
On Tuesday, October 3, PFC will host its We Are One benefit concert at the historic Mayan Theater in Los Angeles, with all ticket proceeds from the event going to Playing For Change Foundation, a separate 501(c)3 organization, established in 2007 in order to give back to the communities of the musicians met while filming these videos. Now embarking on its 10th year, the foundation has developed 15 music programs in 11 countries including South Africa, Rwanda, Nepal, Thailand, and Argentina, and serves more than 1,200 children.
Playing For Change‘s new record, being released next year, features The Doobie Brothers along with more than 20 musicians from across the globe in a ‘Song Around The World’ version of the band’s iconic hit song, “Listen to the Music.” The video for this song will be premiered at the show on October 3.
Official partners for the event include Los Angeles’ premier rock radio station 95.5 KLOS, LA Weekly, and Japan-based music app nana music.
Tuesday, October 3
6:30 p.m. Media Check-in
7:00-8:00 p.m. Red Carpet Arrivals
8:30 p.m. Concert followed by VIP After-Party
1038 S Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015