Posts Tagged ‘playing for change’

BWBacon is a flute sponsor for Playing for Change Day!

July 27, 2012 Leave a comment

BWBacon is a proud flute sponsor for the next Playing for Change Day event, scheduled for September 22!

PFC Day is a global benefit event to promote peace and positive change through music. The Playing for Change Foundation makes it its mission to create positive social change in the world through music education. By providing children a safe place to learn, flourish and express themselves, PFCF helps provide a creative alternative to the struggles many of these children face daily. To date, they’ve built eight schools, often in locations that suffer from extreme poverty, lack of basic resources, limited medical care and educational resources, past conflicts and genocide, unstable governments, and a host of infectious diseases.

BWBacon has a long history of supporting Playing for Change and it’s missions in a variety of ways. Dave Bacon himself acts on the board of the directors. BWB has also connected them with some of our BWBacon’s friends like HiDef, Inc. and mGive to support last year’s Playing for Change Day event. Recently, BWBacon Group has connected them with Denver’s very own music project,’s Youth Media Studio, being built In the South Lincoln/Mariposa community near the 10th & Osage station.

And finally, if you were appreciating those sponsorship icons, yours truly is thrilled to be able to actively support them through an in-kind donation of design work:

These are the sponsorship icon’s Jacklynn from BWB developed for the event. They feature some of the instruments the children of the Playing for Change school’s learn: the flute, the sarangi, and the djembe.


Playing for Change at Place Bridge Academy

April 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Did you all have a great time at our First Friday part last weekend? We were so excited to introduce everyone to Playing for Change through our close ties with the foundation! What you might not have known is that we also invited the two PFC band members, Jason Tamba & Mermans Mosengo, to visit Place Bridge Academy before coming to Battery 621 to jam out with you all. Place Bridge is a wonderful school that includes nine Newcomer Centers for English Language Learners. 30+ different languages and over 50 difference countries are represented in their student body! Also there were some of the staff and teachers from the amazing Foundation.

Mermans and Jason performed a number of wonderful songs you might have heard if you listen watch their YouTube videos as obsessively as we have been in our offices: Stand By Me, One Love…etc, but a personal favorite was a song that Jason wrote about finding wandering goats in the evening back in Congo. It was called “bahhhh.” It was so interesting to hear the stories their stories of growing up and how they began playing music.

They also played with the kids a lot. Above is one of the boys performing a song he wrote himself about not letting mean people bother you. Adorable.


Kids dancing and playing.

I hope you know better than to miss out on our great events  now!


Dave talks about “Making a Difference”

September 27, 2011 1 comment

Making a Difference presentation screen shot

Pictures from Dave's presentation at Lone Tree Elementary about "Making a Difference"

Dave and I are back at work after a very special day at Lone Tree Elementary talking to a group of about 500 kids about Making a Difference. Dave was the opening presentation for Lone Tree’s Making a Difference Mondays. I know we had just as much fun as the kids and left energized!

Dave wearing his Maassai belt as a headband

A few weeks ago Dave Bacon was asked to speak to Lone Tree Elementary about his work on the board of directors for the Playing for Change Foundation and the O’Brien School for the Maassai. Dave gave an awesome interactive presentation and getting all the kids excited about how they could make a difference too. He spoke to kindergarten through sixth grade and both groups thoroughly enjoyed themselves and had a lot of great questions!

Here’s a short video of the first group (Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders) clapping to the beat (well…sort of) to Playing for Change’s Stand By Me cover:

So adorable!!

DIY Bacon!

Bacon: the perfect answer to the timeless Father’s Day dilemma.  Remember how much dad pretended to like your homemade gifts when you were little?  Now, imagine that enthusiasm is sincere.  Now it can be, friends.

The clock is ticking – curing your own bacon takes around seven days, start-to-finish.  So turn off the Playstation (you’re thirty-two years old, man!), head to the butcher shop and get your pork belly on.  Then follow these directions, so kindly prepared by our neighbors to the great white north, The Canadian Press.

Just consider all the vices dad has had to give up through the years, and spare him the peerless pleasure of grease-fried, cholesterol-laden, home-cured bacon, courtesy of his favorite progeny.  Really want to garner dad’s favor this year?  Forget the wrapping paper and enlist the help of the neighbor lady to showcase the fruits of your labor!

Add to: Facebook | Digg | | Stumbleupon | Reddit | Blinklist | Twitter | Technorati | Yahoo Buzz | Newsvine

BWBacon: Proud Supporter of Playing for Change

BWBacon Group is grateful to be associated with Playing for Change and, along with the rest of the planet, we are relishing the PFC 2: Songs Around the World album, released Tuesday and available at Starbucks, iTunes, Amazon and other major music retailers.  Not only is the music moving, but it does phenomenal things by bringing people together through the power of music and working to build music and art schools for children around the world.

Congratulations also to our very own Dave Bacon (and his wife, Heather), whose names appear in the liner notes alongside the likes of The Marley Family, The Kroenke Family, Jimmy Buffett, Keb’Mo’, Jackson Browne, Yoko Ono, and many others who have been involved with Playing for Change since its early days, and have made significant contributions to the ongoing success of this extraordinary organization.

Go out and buy the CD/DVD.  For a modest $13, it will be the best money you’ve spent on music (or anything else) in a long time.

Add to: Facebook | Digg | | Stumbleupon | Reddit | Blinklist | Twitter | Technorati | Yahoo Buzz | Newsvine


BWBacon has been a huge supporter of Playing for Change for years, and we are stoked to be celebrating the forthcoming release of the PFC 2 album.

To celebrate the release of PFC 2: Songs Around The World, Playing For Change and Hear Music/Concord Music Group want you to design a poster both commemorating the new DVD/CD release and celebrating the Playing for Change movement. The poster should capture the essence of the movement with the goal of inspiring our fellow human beings to come together as one through the universal language of music.

Playing For Change and Hear Music/Concord Music Group proudly announce the release of PFC 2: Songs Around The World on May 31st, 2011. The 2-disc CD/DVD package features original songs, as well as reinterpretations of legendary recordings including Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song,” Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” and John Lennon’s “Imagine.”

Watch the amazing collaborative performances of “Imagine” and “Redemption Song” 

Click here to submit your design.  Entries due 5/25/11.  Winnner receives $500, a prize and 2-billion awesome points.   

Add to: Facebook | Digg | | Stumbleupon | Reddit | Blinklist | Twitter | Technorati | Yahoo Buzz | Newsvine