2019 Byron Bay Bluesfest | Playing For Change Band

In April, the members of the Playing For Change Band made their 6th appearance at the Byron Bay Bluesfest in Australia. This was the festival’s 30th year anniversary, and it featured a lineup of renowned world musicians such as Iggy Pop, Norah Jones, George Clinton, Mavis Staples, and Gary Clark Jr., as well as some PFC favorites like Jack Johnson, Keb’ Mo’, and Larkin Poe.


Byron Bay Bluesfest

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From humble beginnings, the Byron Bay Bluesfest has grown to become one of the world’s largest venues for live blues music. The festival has attracted international attention by featuring some of the biggest names in music, routinely drawing in global audiences numbering in the hundreds of thousands.

In the past, Bluesfest has been headlined by the likes of Bob Dylan, BB King, John Mayer, John Legend, Angélique Kidjo, Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, and many more outstanding artists. It has also led rise to the annual Boomerang Festival, a ground-breaking Indigenous arts festival for all Australians featuring an array of music, dance, theatre, comedy, and film, all to celebrate the heritage of first nations people.

As the Byron Bay Bluesfest continues to grow, its yearly celebrations of music, culture, and community have grown far beyond their blues, jazz, and roots beginnings, becoming a world stage home to Australia.


Playing For Change Band

For the past 6 years, the PFC Band has been honored to connect with international audiences on one of Australia’s greatest stages. Although the band has seen many new faces and friends throughout the years, the mission to “connect the world through music” has always remained the same.

With Titi and TulaMermans and TambaKeikoRobertoRobinChantz, and more, the band was in full swing by the time they arrived in Byron Bay, having just played together in Bahrain a few weeks prior. They also managed to play a second show while in Sydney that same weekend, sharing the music with as many people as they could.

At the heart and soul of the PFC Band, we were overjoyed to see Grandpa Elliott make his way down under, gracing the Australian audiences with his profound bellowing voice and uplifting harmonica chimes.

In anticipation for the band’s 6th appearance at the Byron Bay Bluesfest, organizers wrote:

Playing for Change is back to share their powerful live performance with everyone at Bluesfest this Easter 2019. The unique fusion of influences and music from more than seven countries allows for an extremely special performance. United in purpose and in chorus, everyone is touched by music’s unifying power!

Until next year, Bluesfest!

One Love,

PFC

Healing Hawaii Through Song | Taimane Releases New Music Video “Earth”

I’m honored to have documented these lands before their metamorphosis and grateful to the island and its people for having shared and continuing to share so much with me.” -Taimane

On May 3, 2018, a catastrophic volcanic event began in the Puna region on the island of Hawaii followed by a massive 6.9 earthquake the next day. In the following days, weeks, and months; an estimated 2,000 Hawaiian residents were forced to evacuate their homes and roughly 700 of those homes were destroyed. Now, one year later, Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso Taimane releases her music video “Earth,” to commemorate this event in support of her fellow Hawaiians.

Filmed in the region affected by the 2018 eruptions shortly before the flows began, “Earth” showcases the island’s natural beauty and brings to the forefront, the inspiration the island and its inhabitants continue to foster. Seeing these beautiful landscapes covered in ash and lava deeply affected Taimane and in June 2018 she performed a free, impromptu concert at the campsite which served as the makeshift home for many who were displaced from their residences.

Taimane wrote the song featured in this video for her theatrical show, Elemental — A Musical and Theatrical Odyssey, which debuted in Oahu in 2016. Taimane brought the show to the Big Island and presented it to a sold-out crowd at the Kahilu Theatre earlier this month.

Visiting the Big Island for the first time since last June was uplifting,” Taimane said. “I feel a stronger connection to nature there than anywhere else in Hawaii, and the aloha shared by the island’s people never fails to get my attention and put a smile on my face. Whether you’ve been there many times or have yet to visit, the Big Island will leave an indelible mark. I can’t wait to go back!

Check out the video for “Earth” below: