loading

Playing For Change

CONNECTING THE WORLD THROUGH MUSIC

Live

               band text logo

                band wide 585px

CHECK OUT ALL OUR DATES/EVENTS ON FACEBOOK AND INVITE YOUR FRIENDS TO JOIN THE PARTY !

The creation of the Playing For Change Band has helped us to realize a dream of uniting the musicians we met during our journey on one stage. The result is a unique fusion of influences and talents in constant evolution since the first concerts in 2008. Grandpa Elliott, legendary street musician from New Orleans, sings alongside Clarence Bekker (Netherlands), Titi Tsira (South Africa), Tal Ben Ari “Tula” (Israel), Jason Tamba (Congo), and Mermans Mosengo (Congo). The rhythm section features Vasti Jackson (USA) on lead guitar, Juan Carlos Portillo (Venezuela) on the bass, Peter Bunetta (USA) on drums,  and Keiko Komaki (Japan) on keyboards.

The Playing For Change Band has collaborated with artists such as Toots & the Maytals, Ziggy Marley, Jackson Browne, Jimmy Buffett, Babaa Maal, and Tinariwen. The band has been featured on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has played for audiences of over 30,000 people in Brazil. The CD/DVD Playing for Change Live (2010) introduces the band in concert during a tour of the USA and Europe. Grandpa Elliott released a solo album,”Sugar Sweet”, in 2009, and Clarence Bekker released “Old Soul”, his first solo album, just last year in 2012.

After extended world tours in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013,  the Playing For Change Band is back on stage for a world tour in 2014 with shows throughout Europe, Latin America, and Australia. Several live videos of the Playing For Change Band are available on our website, including the amazing interpretation of “One Love”, featuring South African choir, Sinamuva, performing in Madrid.

This is truly a worldwide band performing all over the globe.

"At the root of the project is joy, and the jubilant mood that the ensemble brought to the stage was magnificent and contagious." - Austin 360

For bookings, please contact: bookings@playingforchange.com

Live Dates

July 18 Barcelona, Spain Sala Apolo More info
July 22 Milan, Italy Gae Aulenti square with Alex Britti More info
July 23 Rome, Italy Centrale Live Foro Italico supporting Alex Britti More info
July 24 Sardinia, Italy Narcao Blues Fest More info
July 26 Göfis, Austria Open Hair More info
July 27 Perugia, Italia Trasimeno Blues More info
July 29 Aschaffenburg, Germany Colos-Saal More info
July 30 Hamburg, Germany Knust More info
July 31 Berlin, Germany Lido More info
August 1 Cologne, Germany Luxor More info
August 2 Floreffe, Belgium Esperanzah! Fest More info
August 3 Amsterdam, Netherlands Paradiso Noord More info
August 4 L'Aquila, Italy Blues sotto le stelle More info
August 5 Livorno, Italy Piazza del Luogo Pio (9:30 pm FREE)
August 29 Malmö, Sweden Moriska Paviljongen More info
August 30 Helsingborg, Sweden Helsingborg Folk Festival More info

On a map

The PFC band

CHECK OUT ALL OUR DATES/EVENTS ON FACEBOOK AND INVITE YOUR FRIENDS TO JOIN THE PARTY !
The Playing For Change band lineup includes musicians from all over the world. The result is a unique fusion of influences and talents in constant evolution since the first concerts in 2008. Some of the musicians that perform with the PFC band:

View the full band lineup