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Playing For Change

CONNECTING THE WORLD THROUGH MUSIC

PFC Band

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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, Orbe Ortiz (Cuba) 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

October 21 São Paulo, Brazil Bourbon Street Music Club More info
October 22 São Paulo, Brazil Bourbon Street Music Club More info
October 23 Salvador, Brazil Arena Itaipava/Fontenova More info
October 24 Fortaleza, Brazil Fortaleza Yate Club More info
October 25 Natal, Brazil Teatro Riachuelo More info
October 28 São Paulo, Brazil Bourbon Street Music Club More info
October 30 Curitiba, Brazil Opera de Arame More info
October 31 Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Fundição Progresso More info
November 1 Porto Alegre, Brazil Teatro Araujo Viana More info
November 2 Belo Horizonte, Brazil Espaço Meet - Porcão More info
April 2 Byron Bay, Australia Byron Bay Bluesfest More info
April 3 Byron Bay, Australia Byron Bay Bluesfest More info
April 4 Byron Bay, Australia Byron Bay Bluesfest More info
April 5 Byron Bay, Australia Byron Bay Bluesfest More info
April 6 Byron Bay, Australia Byron Bay Bluesfest More info

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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:

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