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The Doobie Brothers and More Set for Playing For Change's WE ARE ONE Benefit in L.A.


The Doobie Brothers and More Set for Playing For Change's WE ARE ONE Benefit in L.A.

On Tuesday, October 3, Playing For Change will host its "We Are One" benefit concert at the historic Mayan Theater in Los Angeles, with all ticket proceeds from the event going to Playing For Change Foundation, a separate 501(c)3 organization, established in 2007 in order to give back to the communities of the musicians met while filming these videos.

Now embarking on its 10th year, the foundation has developed 15 music programs in 11 countries including South Africa, Rwanda, Nepal, Thailand, and Argentina, and serves more than 1,200 children.

Playing For Change's new record, being released next year, features The Doobie Brothers along with more than 20 musicians from across the globe in a 'Song Around The World' version of the band's iconic hit song, "Listen to the Music." The video for this song will be premiered at the show on October 3.

Official partners for the event include Los Angeles' premier rock radio station 95.5 KLOS, LA Weekly, and Japan-based music app nana music.

The evening will feature: The Doobie Brothers members Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons, and John McFee; as well as Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett from Little Feat; The Playing For Change Band with 10 respected musicians from 10 different countries; world-renowned drummer James Gadson; The Ambassador of Soul, Ellis Hall; legendary harmonica player Lee Oskar; Mississippi living blues legend Vasti Jackson; singer/songwriter Nahko; and more.

Playing For Change, the multimedia company responsible for the popular 'Songs Around The World' video series, showing much success over the years by combining musicians from all walks of life, all over the world and showcasing music's unifying power. Their videos have more than 450 million total online views since its release in 2008, with their first 'Songs Around The World' video, "Stand By Me," Artists such as Keith Richards, Bono, Jack Johnson, David Crosby, Jimmy Buffett, Sara Bareilles, Manu Chao, and many others have participated in these multi-cultural videos, performing songs such as Bob Marley's "One Love" and "War/No More Trouble," Otis Redding's "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay," and John Lennon's "Imagine."



Tuesday, October 3

8:30 p.m. Concert followed by VIP After-Party

At the Mayan Theater, 1038 S Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

*Tickets can be purchased at*

Playing For Change (PFC) is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music, born from the shared belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. PFC's primary focus is to record and film musicians performing in their natural environments and combine their talents and cultural power in innovative videos called Songs Around The World. From these videos they formed the Playing For Change Band-a tangible, traveling representation of their mission, featuring musicians met along their journey-and established the Playing For Change Foundation, a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to building music and art schools for children around the world. Through these efforts, Playing For Change aims to create hope and inspiration for the future of the planet. For more information, visit

Playing For Change Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, was established in 2007, providing music education in areas that are culturally rich yet economically challenged. Children in countries around the world, from Africa to Latin America to Southeast Asia, attend free classes in music, dance and languages, taught by qualified local music teachers and led by regional administrators. Students learn about their own cultural traditions while employing technology to connect and share experiences with others around the world.

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