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Playing for Change

Sat, Jul 5 -
Sun, Jul 6, 2014




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91.3 KBCS and the Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcome Playing for Change for two nights and three shows in support of their new album, “Songs Around The World,” available this June. Show times are Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm; Sunday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 5:30pm both nights. Band members include Grandpa Elliot (vocals, harmonica), Clarence Bekker (vocals, acoustic guitar), Titi Tsira (vocals), Tal Ben-Ari (vocals), Jason Tamba (vocals, guitar), Mermans Mosengo (vocals), Keiko Komaki (keyboards), Peter Bunetta (drums), Louis Mhlanga (flying guitar), and Orbe Ortiz (bass).

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“Playing For Change, that’s the way music was meant to be.” - Keith Richards

“… a multimedia movement designed to break down global barriers and connect people of every race through the power of music.” - CNN

“…demonstrates a global willingness to understand others and unite through the power of music.” World Café

Few musicians play with more passion and conviction than the soulful folks who take to the sidewalks to share their music.” - New York Times

Playing For Change, a movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music, has received high praise in both its civic goals for human betterment and high levels of musical passion and conviction. To see the band perform live has been revered as an “original and emotional experience- when audiences see and hear musicians who have traveled thousands of miles from their homes, united in purpose and chorus, everyone is touched by music’s unifying power.” The band features New Orleans street musician Grandpa Elliot, who has been busking for over 60 years and is now traveling the world taking this beautiful message from the streets to international stages.

Playing for Change first received critical acclaim for their single, “Stand By Me,” which has been viewed over 100 million times online. The current formation includes musicians from New Orleans, Los Angeles (USA), Amsterdam, Guguletu (South Africa), Tel Aviv (Israel), Matadi, Kinshasa (Congo), Kagoshima (Japan), Zimbabwe, and Santiago de Cuba. Built on a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome physical distance and social limitations, the band continues to collaborate and tour worldwide to promote the beauty of music.

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Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band

Thu, Jun 22 - Sun, Jun 25

For more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, conguero Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straight-ahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources.

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Playing For Change with Special Guest Lee Oskar

Mon, Jun 26

Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music. The idea for this project came from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people.

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Buster Williams Quartet "Something More" 75th Birthday Tour

Tue, Jun 27 - Wed, Jun 28

One of the truly great bassists in the history of Jazz, Buster has performed and recorded with a veritable Who's Who of Jazz greats representing a wide array of styles.

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