Concord Music Group News

NEWS 09 Jul 2009

Tune in tonight to watch the Playing For Change Band perform on the Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien

LOS ANGELES, July 9, 2009-The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien will welcome the Playing For Change band tonight, Thursday, July 9. Playing For Change fan and Grammy®-nominated singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles, will be sitting in with the band on background vocals for this performance. The band will perform "Stand By Me," off of their recent release Playing For Change-Songs Around the World, which debuted at #10 on the Billboard Pop Charts at the end of April and has since sold over 100,000 copies.

The Tonight Show appearance rounds out a series of performances including headlining the jazz/world stage at Glastonbury, in which The Independent described Playing For Change as, "vibrant and scintillating." The band then kicked off The Twilight Dance Series at the Santa Monica Pier on July 2 and will perform at Tipitina's in New Orleans on July 18. Playing For Change band member Grandpa Elliott, a New Orleans street musician and icon in the French Quarter for several decades, also sang the National Anthem and God Bless America at Dodger Stadium on June 30.

The project became a global phenomenon after racking up over 20 million views with the release of the popular video "Stand By Me". Many of the musicians who appear in the video perform in the Playing For Change touring band including Grandpa Elliot and vocalist Clarence Bekker from the Netherlands. The video is now the #1 rated video of all time on YouTube! PBS will air the feature film "Playing For Change: Peace Through Music" nationally in August.

The project's deep emotional resonance, combined with the muscle of the internet, word-of-mouth and non-traditional/digital marketing motivated music fans to seek out the record amidst this grueling era at traditional retail. The remarkable clip for "Stand By Me", featuring 37 musicians from around the world, has been viewed by more than 18 million people to date on sites like YouTube and Vimeo.

Playing for Change is headquartered in Los Angeles. For more information, please visit the website:


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