• play-for-changePlaying for Change wants to bring the world together through music. That may be an impossible goal, but if anyone can do it, it can.

      The project has recorded 500 musicians in 45 countries for collaborative songs. The Playing for Change Foundation has more than 700 children in music and art schools all over the world. The videos on its website have gotten 200 million views.

      Audiences will be invited to join a drum circle before each performance. Afterward there will be conversations with the musicians.

      8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

      Memorial Park

      Festival begins at 6:30 p.m.

      Music begins at 8:00 p.m.

      Official Website: www.playingforchange.com/

      7:00 p.m. Drum Circle, 8:00 PM: Concert

      The drum circle is a fun community music-making event open to everyone, no experience required!  Arrive early, as the first 250 people will receive a FREE Remo Sound ShapeTM (a mini-drum that is perfect for children of all ages) to take home!

      9:30 PM: Artist Q&A

      Stick around after the show for a lively on-stage interview with members of the Playing For Change band, who will share their inspiring personal journeys as well as insights on building a world movement for peace through music.


      The inaugural Levitt National Tour will feature critically acclaimed World music sensation Playing For Change. Co-founded in 2005 by GRAMMY-winning producer Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke, Playing For Change is dedicated to positive social change through the universal language of music. Comprised of musicians hailing from six countries, representing four continents, the Playing For Change sound is a fusion of global influences.

      Playing For Change began with a small film crew and a mobile recording studio. Its breakthrough moment came in 2009, when its video of musicians performing the song “Stand by Me” went viral. In it, musicians separated by thousands of miles across the world were united through the shared experience of creating music. The video became an instant YouTube sensation, and to date, it’s been viewed 60 million times. It was the first of many “Songs Around the World” posted on YouTube by Playing For Change that have attracted viewers in the millions.

      Playing For Change recordings feature the talents of hundreds of artists including U2’s Bono, Keb Mo’ and Manu Chao, among others. The band has appeared in concert and on recordings with such celebrated artists as Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal, Patti Smith and Vusi Mahlasela. Playing For Change has performed at legendary venues and festivals in Europe, the U.S. and Canada, Japan, Latin America and Africa.

      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); and Vasti Jackson of Mississippi (electric slide and steel guitar).


      – KidZone

      – Grassy Hill Sidestage

      – Drum Circle 7:00 p.m

      – Playing For Change

      – Hollywood HEART

      – Pasadena Humane Society

      – David & Margaret Youth and Family Services

      – United Nations Association – Pasadena Chapter


      – DD’s Chick & Cat Shack

      – White Ice

      – N.A.T.H.A. Homemade Lemonade

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