Tonight: Playing For Change at Tipitina's



The Playing For Change band
  • The Playing For Change band

The Playing For Change band, the globetrotting supergroup of performers and street musicians, performs at Tipitina's (501 Napoleon Ave.) tonight, June 18. The viral hit takes the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets $23.

The band — featuring New Orleans' harmonica player Grandpa Elliot (pictured, center), who performed regularly around the French Quarter — brings together performers from around the world, including the Netherlands, Congo, South Africa, Japan, Cuba and elsewhere.

The idea was created by co-founders Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke in 2005. A crew captured the performers with a mobile recording studio, resulting in a version of "Stand By Me" featuring more than 35 musicians (all of whom never met in person). The vidoe has racked more than 60 million views. This week, the band’s third CD/DVD release Playing For Change 3: Songs Around The World was released, and the Playing For Change band currently is on a 27-date nationwide tour.

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