Greetings From Jamaica!

I originally wrote this blog high in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica last week– unfortunately we did not have internet access in that beautiful part of the world, so I am only just now able to post it, having just gotten back to LA…

 

Wow, it feels great to be in Jamaica. Such a beautiful place with beautiful people. Naturally, with that comes beautiful music. We have only been here two days and have already met, filmed, recorded, and embraced some of the most talented musicians we have ever encountered. A big thank you to Courtney and Sean Diedrick, who showed us some serious love and not to mention brought some serious fire to our songs. After landing in Montego Bay we shuttled to Discovery Bay to film at some extraordinary and “œreal” Jamaican locations. From Discovery Bay we crossed the island through mountains to Kingston. As I write this we are 4000 feet up in the Blue Mountains outside of Kingston. Truly a country filled with a rich culture and proud people. You can feel the history and legacy that Bob Marley has left here as one of the great ambassadors of music and peace in the world. No place is this more evident than in Kingston. I can’™t wait to see what tomorrow brings

 

Its all about RESPECT here in Jamaica. Earn their respect and they will certainly win yours.

One Love,

Raan

 

PFC Band Fall Tour Ticket Info

Hello Everyone! I have a quick announcement to share. Tickets for the band’s Fall Tour will go on-sale to the general public on Friday, September 10th. Members of the PFC Community will have access to a special pre-sale beginning Friday, August 20th. If you are not already a member of the PFC Community, you can join by clicking here. I hope to see you on the road!

PFC Band’s Fall Tour + A Chance To Meet the Band!

I am thrilled to announce that the Playing For Change Band is back by popular demand, and is getting ready to kick off a Fall Tour visiting 30+ cities in the U.S. and Canada! And, over the course of their tour the band will be making special stops in communities all along the way to meet with “Changemakers.”

We want to hear from you! If you live in one of the cities the band is performing in, and you or someone you know is making a positive contribution in your community, please send your story to housecall@playingforchange.com. We may feature your story on our website and what is more, the Playing For Change Band may pay you a visit this Fall at your home, school, hospital, community center– or wherever you may be!

To be clear, this is not a contest– we are not looking for the “best” or most amazing stories. We just want to share some of the good things people are doing to make the world a better place. And if you are interested in helping spread the message of Playing For Change, please email us at peacesoldier@playingforchange.com for information– we want your help!

PFC Founder Mark Johnson is currently on location in Jamaica working on new Songs Around The World. He just sent this video explaining the upcoming Tour and this exciting opportunity to meet the band– check it out:

The PFC Band is coming to a community near you! ($1 of every concert ticket purchased goes to benefit the Playing For Change Foundation, building music and art schools in communities around the world.) Below is the current line-up for the PFC Band’s Fall Tour; we hope to see you at a show!

Date Location Venue
October 13 Calgary, AB, Canada MacEwan Hall
October 16 Atlanta, GA Center Stage
October 17 Asheville, NC Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF)
October 19 Birmingham, AL WorkPlay Theater (Soundstage)
October 20 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
October 22 Dallas, TX House of Blues
October 23 Austin, TX Antone’s
October 24 Houston, TX House of Blues
October 27 Los Angeles, CA Wilshire Ebell
October 29 Petaluma, CA Mystic Theatre
October 30 San Francisco, CA Yoshi’s
November 01 Medford, OR Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater
November 02 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater
November 03 Seattle, WA Moore Theater
November 05 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater
November 06 Aspen, CO Belly Up
November 08 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
November 09 Madison, WI Capitol Theater
November 10 Chicago, IL TBD
November 13 New York, NY The Concert Hall – Ethical Society
November 14 Northampton, MA Calvin Theater
November 15 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
November 17 Boston, MA Symphony Hall
November 18 Lebanon, NH Lebanon Opera House
November 20 New Haven, CT Stage One
November 21 Annapolis, MD Ramshead on Stage
November 22 Washington, DC The Birchmere