On Oct. 3, Playing For Change will stage an all-star concert and fundraiser for the Playing For Change Foundation, supporting free music education for children across the globe. The event is taking place at the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles and will feature the Playing For Change Band, along with special guests The Doobie Brothers featuring members Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons, and John McFee; Paul Barrere, Fred Tackett, and Kenny Gradney from Little Feat; Nahko; The Ambassador of Soul, Ellis Hall; drummer, James Gadson; harmonica player, Lee Oskar; Mississippi living blues legend, Vasti Jackson; and more.
Playing For Change (PFC) is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music, born from the shared belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. PFC’s primary focus is to record and film musicians performing in their natural environments and combine their talents and cultural power in innovative videos called Songs Around The World. Playing For Change Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, was established in 2007, providing music education in areas that are culturally rich yet economically challenged. Children in countries around the world, from Africa to Latin America to Southeast Asia, attend free classes in music, dance, and languages, taught by qualified local music teachers and led by regional administrators. Students learn about their own cultural traditions while employing technology to connect and share experiences with others around the world.