The unique and inspirational multimedia music project Playing for Change will be bringing its international sound to the U.S. this summer via the Playing for Change Band. The group will kick things off on June 6 at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, followed by just a few shows in the Midwest before the tour’s East Coast leg with stops in Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and Washington D.C. After that, the band will head South, playing in Atlanta, New Orleans, and Memphis. Then they’ll make a run through Texas and the Southwest before moving their way up the West Coast, closing out that side of the country in San Francisco only July 10 and flying all the way to Rochester, NY, to play the Big Rib BBQ & Blues Fest on July 12.

Co-founded by Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke, the filmmakers behind the documentary “A Cinematic Discovery of Street Musicians,” Playing for Change describes itself as “a movement to inspire and connect the world through music.” The organization is probably best known for its extremely popular YouTube videos that edit together footage of musicians from around the world performing the same song, each in their own unique and often cultural style. The Playing for Change Band is comprised of many of the musicians, all from a variety of different countries, that have been featured in the project’s  “Songs From Around the World.”

Playing for Change Band Tickets & Tour Dates

Playing for Change’s Video for “Stand by Me”