Playing for Change NYC Benefit Concert at Highline Ballroom, Sunday, July 17 Featuring Alisha Zalkin, Brooke Ishibashi, Devyn Rush, Nick Moran: Proceeds donated to the Playing for Change Foundation

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Highline Ballroom presents a benefit concert for the Playing for Change Foundation on July 17th, 2011 at 8PM.

Playing For Change Foundation

Highline Ballroom presents a benefit concert for the Playing for Change Foundation on July 17th, 2011 at 8PM. See

The line-up features four up and coming singer-songwriters including Alisha Zalkin, Brooke Ishibashi, Devyn Rush and Nick Moran; all backed by one of the hottest funk/soul bands in the NYC area. Charity raffle to follow.

The Playing For Change Foundation: While traveling the world filming and recording musicians a decade ago, a small group of documentary filmmakers became intimately involved with the music and people of each community they visited. Although many of these communities had limited resources and a modest standard of living, the people in them were full of generosity, warmth, and above all they were connected to each other by a common thread: music. From this experience, the Playing for Change Foundation was born with the mission of providing the opportunity to anyone who desire's a music education. The Playing For Change Foundation is dedicated to the fundamental idea that peace and change are possible through the universal language of music. Visit for more information.

About Playing for Change NYC Benefit Concert: NYC singer/songwriter Alisha Zalkin conceived of the Playing for Change NYC Benefit Concert as a tribute to her grandmother, Bella Zalkin, a Holocaust survivor whose professional singing carrier was cut short. Inspired by her grandmother’s story, Alisha committed herself to supporting the idea that every person should have the opportunity to fully express themselves so that they can touch, move, and inspire their communities to create peace and change on this planet. She enlisted three up and coming singer/songwriter friends from working at lululemon athletica™ in NYC (all with like-minded ideals) and their journey began. This group of young artists in the next few years hopes to produce the Playing for Change NYC charity album and embark on a world tour and ultimately, build three music schools in Africa, Haiti and South America.

Alisha Zalkin
A professional performer and studio talent since age 7 and a 500-hour certified yoga instructor, Alisha has trained with the industry's finest and earned awards and recognition from the San Diego Playbill, La Jolla Playhouse, the LA Music Center and was the winner of San Diego’s prestigious Spotlight Awards. Recent venues: The US Olympic Cup, San Diego’s IndieFest, Algonquin Theater, Rockwood Music Hall and The Bitter End. She was also in the National Touring Company of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Debbie Gibson and Patrick Cassidy. Alisha’s debut CD release was co-written and produced by California's indie music pioneers, The Black Eyed Peas-endorsed Danielle LoPresti and VH1's Alicia Champion. She is currently writing her second EP to be released this fall.

Brooke Ishibashi
Brooke Ishibashi is a Southern California native and actress/singer/comedienne. She was one of the Top Two finalists in the 2010 New York Musical Theatre Festival’s Next Broadway Sensation competition and the recent winner of the Stonewall Sensation competition (where she debuted her solo concert at the historic Stonewall Inn). Other NY venues: Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova, The Zipper, Comix, New World Stages, One Arm Red, Theatre Row, American Globe Theatre, York Theatre, Laurie Beechman Theatre and more. Brooke also co-developed AKIKO!, an original sketch character, and performs throughout NYC. Visit for more information.

Devyn Rush
Having grown up in a very musical family, Devyn originated the role of Anna in Spring Awakening at Lincoln Center and understudied Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theatre. Most recently, Devyn was featured this past season of American Idol, where she garnered the title of “The Singing Waitress.” A singer/songwriter/yoga teacher, Devyn is a child advocate and combines song-writing with yoga to build emotional self-awareness, proprioception and awareness of others for adolescents. She is a spokesperson for Big Brothers Big Sisters ( and works actively with the Jonathan D. Krist Foundation ( to enhance music education in underserved schools.

Nick Moran
Nick Moran is a NYC based singer/songwriter, originally from the East end of Long Island. His bluesy, folksy, soulful and (at times...dare we say) jug-band 'ish' songs are accompanied by simple and uncomplicated guitar with a unique voice that manages to be both smooth and raw at the same time ( sushi). He can usually be found parading around barefoot onstage at venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, The Living Room and The Bitter End. For more info:

Playing for Change NYC Benefit Concert, Sun July 17 2011 at 8PM. Doors open at 6PM. Tickets: $20.00. The Highline Ballroom is located at 431 W 16th St., New York, NY 10011. (212) 414-5994. General Admission Seated Show / All Ages / First come, first seated / $10 min per person at tables/ Full Dinner Menu available. Advance tickets available at:

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