September 19, 2013

Making Noise: Portland's Playing for Change lineup expands to five shows

By Aimsel Ponti
News Assistant

(Continued from page 1)

click image to enlarge

Beware of Pedestrians, last year’s MAMM Slam winning band, will perform at Asylum on Playing for Change Day, which is Saturday.

Photo by Kevin Fahrman/Foreside Photography


WHEN: Saturday

WHERE: Various Portland venues



Beware of Pedestrians and MAMM student bands; winner of the Playing for Change songwriting contest will be announced. Noon. Asylum, 121 Center St. $10; all ages

The Kenya Hall Band, Kristina Kentigian and Lady Essence. 9 p.m. The Big Easy, 55 Market St. $7; 21-plus

Cam Groves, Trails and Shane Reis. 9 p.m. Empire, 575 Congress St. $7; 21-plus

Kurt Baker presents The Gamma Goochies, Euphemia and Kid Sentiment. 9 p.m. Geno's Rock Club, 626 Congress St. $7; 21-plus

Anna Lombard, Peter Miller and Gunther Brown. 8 p.m. One Longfellow Square, 181 State St. $12; all ages

TURN YOUR RADIO DIAL to 102.9 WBLM every Friday at 8:30 a.m. to hear Aimsel Ponti wax poetic about her top live music picks for the week with the Captain and Celeste.

"The winning song will be based on what we think would make the best video and what's the most conducive to having multiple musicians and singers and also what song lends itself best to the mission message," said Shaw.

The "Be in Love" video featured several locales in Portland, so this time around, they're hoping to showcase all of Maine. The video will be unveiled on Playing for Change Day 2014 to allow for filming throughout the four seasons.

As for the five shows happening on Saturday, Shaw said they'll be showing some of the Playing for Change videos including "Be in Love," and will be talking at different points without interrupting the flow of the music.

"We don't want to be preachy," he said. "It's more about celebrating local music and Portland music venues."

Half of the money that is donated will stay here locally with MAMM; the other half will go to the Playing for Change Foundation. This year, MAMM decided to adopt one of the schools that Playing for Change sponsors in Nepal: the Tintale Village Mothers Society.

Kasprzak explained that the school educates children about the risks of human trafficking through performance art and musical presentations put on for villagers.

Staff Writer Aimsel Ponti can be contacted at 791-6455 or at:

Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors

Further Discussion

Here at we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)


More PPH Blogs

Get the GO RSS!