Playing For Change Tour Dates Announced!

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

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  1. kristi earl says:

    I ordered my tickets 2/28/09 for los angeles don’have them.

    Kristi Earl

  2. gute brandao says:

    Is it possible to get in touch with Tula, the singer from Israel, singing on the Playing for Change Videos and concerts?? Thanks a lot. Brandao.

  3. Paula Casanova - Spain says:

    All you are very speciall, I like this project so much and the musicians play really good and personal.. Will you play in Barcelona? I live there and I saw Clarence Bekker when he played in streets of Barcelona. I like him very much!
    Regards and freedom!


  4. Alejandro - Canary Islands says:

    Hei there!!
    Are you guys going to play somewhere else than US? This is what all this is about, isn´t it? hope to be able to attend to a concert somewhere, sometime!! I have thought about it since i first listened to your “Don´t worry”.
    Keep on changing!!


  5. Christina says:

    I was at the concert at the Santa Monica Pier last night….”Loved it” doesn’t say enough. I did love it and so did my 16 year old daughter. I’m hoping they will be in the SO CAL area a while?? Also, I have the 1st CD/DVD and am hoping for another.
    Wonderful, beautiful!

  6. Will you be coming again to Texas and if so please tell me when. I live in Houston and am willing to drive to hear you. Heard about ya on Bill Moyers, public TV.

  7. I know they are playin at Central park on June 14th but are they playing any other East coast dates in Jersey—Philadelphia or New York???

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