Connect with PFCF’s Students in Gugulethu, SA

We are excited to announce that for the first time ever, Playing For Change Family members around the globe will have the opportunity to connect and interact with one of the Playing For Change Foundation’s schools!

Wednesday, November 17th 2010 from 10:00AM – 11:00AM EST you may participate in this global event at www.playingforchange.org/live (link no longer available)

The Playing For Change Foundation is working to connect and expand its music education programs for the communities it serves using videoconferencing technologies (VSee) and social media outlets (Facebook and Twitter). This will be the first live connection between the Ntonga Music School in Gugulethu, South Africa, the Playing For Change Band in Boston, and the Playing For Change community, joining in online.

Spread the word, and join us at www.playingforchange.org/live for this amazing event, that with your support will be the first of many more to come!

Sound Check at the Beacon

The band has just finished their sound check at New York’s Beacon Theatre, and there is excitement in the air! The PFC Band is part of an unbelievable lineup of musicians for tonight’s show– Jackson Browne, Keb’ Mo’, Taj Majal, Patti Smith, Vusi Mahlasela, and many (many) more!

Everyone has come together to celebrate the music, life and vision of John Lennon, and the money raised from tonight’s concert is being donated to the Playing For Change Foundation, an organization building music and art schools in communities around the world.

As I type I can hear Jackson Browne tuning up downstairs. It’s going to be a night to remember, and we look forward to sharing the sights, sounds, and stories with the Playing For Change Community– stay tuned.

Love and Respect from New York!

The Band Hits the West Coast

The Playing For Change band has spent the past few days heading up the west coast, making several stops to bring music to the masses! And not only to folks at shows, but also to incredible kids who got the chance to experience music and the message of peace with PFC.

Playing For Change made a stop at Lennox Middle School in Los Angeles, where the band played a show for the students, who grabbed instruments of their own and joined in the music! The kids were so talented… they played everything from maracas to guitar, and even steel drums! These kids are definitely musicians in the making!

The band also played to an excited group of kids at VSAA, a music and art school in Portland, Oregon that created a curriculum around the Playing For Change movement. The students really connected with the music and were on their feet dancing by the end of the first song! It was great to see such young and energetic kids embrace the idea of change in the world with peace through music.

Bringing that peace to the world takes a lot of work, and no job is complete is without a day off here and there. The band enjoyed a day of rest in San Francisco, taking the time to soak up good food and great sights. Reggie especially liked the crab!

After tonight’s show in Seattle, the band bids the west coast farewell and starts their journey to the opposite coast, stopping along the way to bring music to the people. We can’t wait!