Playing For Change
Location: Ruby Hill Park
On July 2nd from 5-8:30pm, please join us for a free concert featuring Playing For Change at Ruby Hill Park, the future site of Levitt Pavilion Denver. Levitt National Tour presents this World music sensation! Join the pre-concert drum circle for all ages (no experience required!) and pre-show artist interview.
5:00 PM: Drum Circle
The drum circle is a fun community music-making event open to everyone, no experience required! Jon Crowder from Peak Rhythms will facilitate the drum circle as we make music together and welcome Playing For Change to Denver! 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!
6:00 PM: Artist Q&A
Join us 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.
7:00 PM: Concert
Audiences will be treated to Playing For Change's high-energy show while they groove to the band's soulful jams.
ABOUT THE EVENT
Before the performance, audience members of all ages are invited to participate in a drum circle open to all, no experience required! The first 250 people at the drum circle (which begins at 5pm) will receive a FREE Remo Sound ShapeTM (a mini-drum that is perfect for children of all ages) to take home, generously provided by tour sponsor Remo Inc., one of the world’s leading drum companies. You’re also welcome to bring your own. And, no experience is necessary! The Drum Circle will be led by Jon Crowder of Peak Rhythms (www.peakrhythms.com).
There will be food vendors on site, as well as a lively on-stage interview with members of the Playing For Change band, who will share their insights into the band's world movement for peace through music and the artists' inspiring personal journeys.
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).