Playing For Change to play Symphony Hall

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Playing for Change, the group of musicians from around the world brought that quickly became a YouTube sensation, are returning to the road for a fall tour. The group will play Boston’s Symphony Hall on Wednesday, November 17. Tickets, which range in price between $26 to $56, are now on sale through the venue’s box office and website.

In 2009, Playing For Change’s founder and architect Mark Johnson assembled a band with street musicians from around the globe, many of whom had appeared in the now ubiquitous “Stand By Me” video which was viewed on the internet more than 30 million times.

Over the summer, the group released Playing For Change Live, a two-disc CD/DVD package comprised of a ten-song audio CD and a fourteen-track DVD that documents their triumphant 2009 world-tour. The album and DVD captures Playing For Change’s performances from all over the world including the U.K.’s Glastonbury Festival, Vancouver, Madrid, Los Angeles and the Santa Monica Pier where the project’s extraordinary journey began.

Now Playing For Change are back on the road. The band is highlighted by the addition of Senegalese guitarist Ilon Ba, who has performed with Baaba Maal. The stellar group also includes percussionist Mohammed Alidu (of Northern Ghana), vocalist Clarence Bekker (of Netherlands/Suriname), vocalist/harmonica player Grandpa Elliott (of New Orleans), vocalist/percussionist Mermans Kenkosenki (of DRC Congo), guitarist Jason Tamba (of Kinshasa, the capital of DRC Congo),vocalist Titi Tsira (Gugulethu, African township in the Western Cape), Juan Carlos Portillo (of Venezuela), Reggie McBride (Detroit) and Peter Bunetta (Los Angeles).

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