Los Angeles, Calif. March 4, 2009 – Having already garnered millions of views on YouTube with its powerful video for “Stand By Me,” Playing for Change is proud to announce the first leg of its first U.S. tour, which begins March 19 at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival in Austin, Texas.
Thursday, March 19
SXSW Music Festival
All Music is World Music Showcase- hosted by Marco Werman
Momo’s, Austin, TX
Friday, March 20
SXSW Music Festival
Opal Devines, Austin, TX
Monday, March 23
The Knitting Factory, Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, March 24
Slims, San Francisco, CA
W ednesday, March 25
The Showbox at the Market, Seattle, WA
Tuesday, March 31
Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
Playing For Change is a multimedia movement designed to inspire, connect and bring peace to the world through music. For ten years Los Angeles based producer/engineer Mark Johnson and his team traveled the globe, with a single-minded passion to record little-known musicians and combine their performances. PBS’ Bill Moyers called it a remarkable example of “the simple yet transformative power of music…to touch something in each of us.” Variety acknowledged it as “a great showcase for just what incredible, thoroughly accessible popular music is being made worldwide.”
Giving voice to this extraordinary effort, Hear Music will release Playing For Change – Songs Around the World on April 28. The special CD/DVD package, available at participating Starbucks company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada and at traditional retailers worldwide, contains a ten-song audio CD as well as a seven-track DVD, which features five of the songs performed live. The DVD also includes a trailer for the forthcoming PFC documentary and information on the PFC Foundation.
Artists performing on the tour include Mohammed Alidu (Ghana), Tal Ben Ari a.k.a. Tula (Israel), Clarence Bekker (Amsterdam), Peter Bunetta (Los Angeles), Grandpa Elliott (New Orleans), Mermans Kenkosenki (DR Congo), Jason Tamba Matondo (DR Congo), Reggie McBride (Detroit) and Louis Mhlanga (Zimbabwe).
For more information on Playing For Change and the Playing For Change Foundation, please visit www.PlayingForChange.com.