Playing for Change
Playing For Change are more than a band, they are a movement, and one that has found a true affinity with Bluesfest audiences over the past four years they have played at the festival. Their first single ‘Stand By Me’ began with a Santa Monica street performer named Roger Ridley. Playing For Change recorded Ridley’s live public performance and then travelled the world recording more and more musicians to collaborate on the track. Today, the video has nearly 100 million views on YouTube, and has helped bring the organisation’s message of peace through music to the world.
The creation of the Playing For Change Band has allowed the group to realise their dream of uniting the musicians they meet across the globe. A unique fusion of influences and talents in constant evolution since 2008, the PFC Band is a tangible, traveling representation of their mission to connect the world through music. The Playing For Change band has performed over 300 concerts in over 13 countries, including being one of the first to perform in Argentina's DirectTV Arena, a tour in Brazil headlining for an audience of 35,000, and a tour in Australia as the opening act for Robert Plant. 2017 marks the 5th year the band will take the stage at Byron Bay Bluesfest.
“If you're not dancing and grinning like a loon at this one, well, get your ears checked,
baby.” - Lauren Daley
"Playing For Change, that's the way music was meant to be." - Keith Richards
"It is always an honor and a privilege to collaborate with Playing For Change. This organization elevates the world with music, and inspires me to be a better human."
- Sara Bareilles