Where: Asylum, Empire, The Big Easy, One Longfellow Square, and Geno's

What: Maine Academy of Modern Music presents: Playing for Change - Playing for Maine Day

Featuring: Anna Lombard, Kenya Hall Band, Kurt Baker, Cam Groves, and many more (full lineup below)!

When: Saturday, September 21st, 2013 | All Ages Asylum Show - 12PM | One Longfellow Square - 8PM | Empire, Big Easy, and Geno's - 9PM |

Playing for Change Day

Over the past few months, songwriters from all over Maine have been sending in submissions to the Maine Academy of Modern Music (aka MAMM), hoping for a chance to win the $1000 grand prize (sponsored by Asylum) and get their song performed and recorded by some of the best musicians in the state. Those performances will be captured on video and will eventually become another video in the amazing Playing for Change series.

According to MAMM founder Jeff Shaw, a "secret panel of experts" has been combing through the submissions, searching for the "best song ever written" and whittling it down to five finalists:

"Ain't That Beautiful" by Daniel Snyder
"For Time" Seth Wegner
"Home" by Mike O'Hehir
"House of Hope" by Sorcha Cribben-Merril
"Understand" by Frank Hopkins


This Saturday, September 21st, MAMM will be announcing the winner of that contest, as well as presenting shows all around Portland, as part of Playing for Change Day 2013.

Playing for Change is an international organization that raises money for music education around the world, based on the belief that peace and change are possible through the universal language of music.

Local business owner and music fan Tom Kasprzak brought PFC to Maine three years ago, when he discovered the "Songs Around The World" series.

Kasprzak loved the concept and went looking for MAMM, though he did not yet know they existed. "I was totally in over my head" says Kasprzak of his idea to bring the international event to Portland.

That's when he connected with local music educator Shaw, who helped to make his vision a reality. With just one show at the Big Easy and performances by MAMM bands in 2011, Playing for Change, Playing for Maine was born.

For last year's Playing for Change Day, in addition to shows all over Portland, MAMM partnered with local filmmakers, musicians, and students to make the "Be in Love" video based on Mark Johnson's original PFC videos.

And while PFC's videos featured musicians around the world collaborating on a single song, MAMM's version featured local musicians, playing at iconic locations around Portland, and performing a great tune by the city's own Dominic Lavoie.

And now the process begins again. With this year's Playing for Change Day and the announcement of the songwriting contest winner, MAMM will start making an even more ambitious video, to be filmed all over the state and featuring an even more diverse group of Maine musicians.*

So check out all the great music around town this Saturday and help promote peace, understanding, and music education around the world!

Proceeds raised will support the work of the Playing For Change Foundation to help build music schools, strengthen music and arts education, support teachers and performances, purchase instruments, and connect schools to promote cross-cultural learning and conflict resolution.

The Portland Events will specifically benefit the Tintale Village Mothers' Society of Nepal. Learn more about their great work to educate girls about the dangers of human trafficking by clicking here.

Playing for Change ~ Playing for Maine Day 2013 Full Lineup

Asylum (Noon - 121 Center Street, MAMM Student Bands, All Ages Early Show)
Beware of Pedestrians CD release party
Div Kid
Better Than
PFC Songwriting Winner Announced

The Big Easy (9:00pm - 55 Market Street)
The Kenya Hall Band
Kristina Kentigian
Lady Essence

Empire (9:00pm - 575 Congress Street)
Cam Groves
Shane Reis

Geno’s (9:00pm - 625 Congress Street)
Kurt Baker Presents:
The Gamma Goochies
Kid Sentiment

One Longfellow Square (8:00pm - 181 State Street)
Anna Lombard
Peter Miller
Gunther Brown

*The final video won't be presented until next year's Playing for Change day, so you'll just have to wait!

Playing for Change ~ Playing for Maine Partners include: Katalyst, The Asylum, Kasprzak Financial, and Baxter Brewing.