Most music lovers agree: Music is the universal language. One of the groups playing during the Levitt’s free Summer Concert Series in Arlington takes that premise into the world as a catalyst for change. The critically acclaimed World Music sensation, Playing For Change, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 21, as part of the inaugural Levitt National Tour. 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.The band’s “Songs Around the World” videos catapulted them to the international stage in 2009. 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. With more than 150 million YouTube views, Playing For Change has performed at legendary venues and festivals in Europe, the United States and Canada, Japan, Latin America, and Africa. As part of the first Levitt National Tour, Playing For Change is performing at all of the Levitt Pavilions this year. Levitt audiences will be treated
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to Playing For Change’s high-energy show while they groove to the band’s soulful jams. 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 6:30 p.m.) 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. The evening will conclude with 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 Levitt National Tour of Playing For Change is made possible by Remo Inc., NEA Artworks and Levitt Pavilions. The Levitt Pavilion is located at 100 W. Abram St. at the corner of Abram and Center streets. Audiences should bring lawn chairs or blankets for the open lawn seating. Picnics and coolers also are allowed, but no glass containers, please. There is free parking all around the pavilion. All of the summer concerts are free and family friendly. For a summer concert calendar, directions, parking maps and more information about visiting the Levitt, please visit levittpavilionarlington.org. The Levitt also has a 24-hour information line at 817.543.4301.
Posted by: Sam Moore