Rocky Dawuni Joins Playing For Change with Keb Mo at Whiskey a Go Go 2013
The all-day event will culminate with a benefit concert in Los Angeles at the legendary Whisky a Go-Go, featuring an all-star line-up of talent representing a diverse cultural mix of music from across the globe. Three-time Grammy Award-winning blues guitarist KEB’MO’ will headline the show, joined by the world- renowned Playing For Change Band, John Densmore of The Doors, Ghanaian Afro-Roots sensation Rocky Dawuni, West African Afro-Soul artist Alidu, “Piano Teacher to the Stars” Margie Balter & Friends and students, Papafish, winner of the Marley’s Mellow Mood “Marley Music Uprising” band search competition, and other special guests. Proceeds from the concert will support the Playing For Change Foundation‘s free music education programs that serve children and their communities around the world.
The Playing For Change Foundation is joined this year by 1Love, a foundation started by Bob Marley’s family in hopes of inspiring a global community to join together and build a better tomorrow. The Playing For Change Foundation works to do just that by bringing music into the lives of young people who might not have access to it otherwise. The celebration will build on the success of PFC Day 2012, during which thousands of volunteers hosted over 300 events in 52 countries, and raised more than $150,000 to provide instruments, music instruction, and inspiration to kids who share their passion for music.
The Playing for Change Band unites musicians from different countries (currently 11 members from 9 countries including the Congo, South Africa, Italy, Israel, Zimbabwe, Cuba, USA) who have collaborated on “Songs Around The World”. The PFC Band has performed over 150 concerts, including a recent tour in Brazil headlining for an audience of 35,000, and a tour in Australia as the opening act for Robert Plant. The group is led by Grandpa Elliott, who has been performing on the streets of New Orleans for over 60 years. This amazing blind performer is now travelling the world taking the message from the streets to the stage to the hearts of the people everywhere.
1Love Playing For Change Day L.A. will reunite Keb’Mo’, Rocky Dawuni, Alidu and members of the Playing For Change Band, all of whom have appeared in Playing For Change “Songs Around the World” – incredible video productions syncing voices and music from street musicians around the world. These videos have garnered a global audience of over 250 million through YouTube, CD’s and live performances.
For Densmore, drummer of the iconic American rock band The Doors, the evening marks a return to the venue that was made famous, in part, by his former group – The Doors were once the house band at the Whisky. The original sound of PapaFish combines influences in reggae, ska, and rock, and being one of the only female lead bands in the California Reggae-Rock scene, PapaFish brings an undeniable stage presence and a crazy amount of fun to each show. With such a diverse mix of artists playing together for a good cause, the show promises to be an uplifting and unforgettable concert experience. “Playing for Change – The name says it all,” says Keb’Mo’. “They do what they say and say what they mean. They do the big work.”
1Love Playing For Change Day L.A. Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7:00p.m., All Ages Whisky a Go-Go | 8901 W. Sunset Blvd | Los Angeles, CA 90069 Tickets: General Admission $30, VIP $100, Exclusive VIP Experience $250 On-sale now at: http://tktwb.tw/1aJkuEp Proceeds will benefit the Playing For Change Foundation, a registered 501c3 Non-Profit Organization