Thank you to everyone who tuned in last week to watch the PFC Band perform on the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien– it was a truly special day for the whole PFC Family. For this performance, we were thrilled to make a couple of additions to the PFC Band. Long-time friend of PFC, Singer-Songwriter Sara Bareilles joined us on stage, as well as six members from the Zuni People’s Twin Eagle Drum Group (who drove all the way from New Mexico, as their drum was too large to be transported by plane)! As I was walking onto the studio lot, one of the security guards pulled me aside and told me that our band was the largest musical guest they’d ever had (we had 16 performers on stage!)
Following the show’s taping, members of the PFC Band and crew celebrated at Universal Studios theme park. I had the pleasure of sitting next to Clarence Bekker on a few of the rides. If you thought his voice was powerful on stage, you should have heard him screaming on those roller coasters– it’s a wonder I can still hear!
That evening, we all enjoyed sharing each other’s company over the course of an enormous group dinner– close to forty of us, all told. In addition to everyone’s good cheer from the day’s events, we learned at dinner that it was Grandpa Elliott’s birthday! Surrounded by musicians from all over the world, the singing of “Happy Birthday to Grandpa” lasted almost fifteen minutes, and was performed in accordance with South African, Dutch, American, and Zuni traditions! Be sure to check out the video of Grandpa’s Birthday song below:
It was a truly memorable day by all accounts. Keep sending in your video (or written) responses on this content or anything you would like to share about the Playing For Change Movement, upload them to your favorite streaming video site, and send the links to [email protected]. Also, make sure to Join the Movement to get updates and other exclusive content.
The band is currently in New Orleans having a great time and grateful for the tremendous love they are receiving from the Big Easy! There’s plenty more to come, so stay tuned!
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