“Playing For Change” arrives with their “Peace Through Music Tour” on June 6, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., at the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, 2004 Randolph Ave, St Paul, MN 55105.
Coming off a successful 2013 stadium tour with Robert Plant in Australia, the PFC Band is getting ready to hit the road again, from the streets to the stage, to the hearts of the people. The Playing For Change band embarks on a 30-city tour that features 10 artists from around the world including Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, South Africa, Japan, Zimbabwe, Los Angeles, Cuba, New Orleans, Los Angeles and the Congo.
The concert is part to support the release of their new album “Songs Around The World”, the band’s third CD/DVD available on June 17, 2014.
Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire, connect and bring peace to the world through music. In 2005, co-founders Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke created the concept of the Songs Around The World by uniting together musicians from different countries and cultures to perform on the same track.
A small crew traveled across five continents with a mobile recording studio and cameras with the vision of building a global family through the power of music. The first song released was a version of “Stand By Me,” featuring over 35 musicians from 10 countries who had never met in person. Since then, this international version of “Stand By Me” has been viewed over 100 million times online. Since the release of the first video, Playing For Change has sold over 550,000 units worldwide.
The Playing For Change Band includes: Grandpa Elliot of New Orleans, Louisiana (vocals, harmonica); Clarence Bekker of Amsterdam, Netherlands (vocals, acoustic guitar); Titi Tsira of Guguletu, South Africa (vocals); Tal Ben-Ari aka Tula of Tel Aviv, Israel (vocals); Jason Tamba of Matadi, Congo (vocals, guitar); Mermans Mosengo of Kinshasa, Congo (vocals); Keiko Komaki of Kagoshima, Japan (keyboards); Peter Bunetta of Los Angeles, California (drums); Louis Mhlanga of Zimbabwe (flying guitar); and Orbe Ortiz of Santiago de Cuba, Cuba (bass).
Tickets range from $35 to $60. Call 651-690-6700 or visit online at http://oshag.stkate.edu/tickets.