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Outstanding Night of Live Music by Local Philadelphia Artists on December 21 to Benefit WXPN Musicians On Call Program

“PHILLY BANDS TOGETHER” TO SHOWCASE OVER 15 LOCAL GROUPS AT WORLD CAFE LIVE WITH ALL PROCEEDS DONATED TO UNIQUE OUTREACH PROGRAM THAT HELPS PATIENTS WITH THE HEALING PROCESS THROUGH LIVE BEDSIDE PERFORMANCES BY LOCAL MUSICIANS

PHILADELPHIA, PA – An extraordinary night of local music will take place on Wednesday, December 21 at World Cafe Live as “Philly Bands Together” to benefit WXPN Musicians On Call, a weekly community outreach program that has been bringing live music to the bedsides of patients in area healthcare facilities, including The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania, since October 2004.

“Philly Bands Together” will take over both the upstairs and downstairs venues at World Cafe Live with performances by more than 15 local groups and artists from the Philadelphia area, including Lauren Hart, Grey Eye Glances, Phil Roy, BC Camplight, Mutlu, Slo Mo/with Mic Wrecka, John Francis, Kate Gaffney, Catherine Tuttle, Denison Witmer, Lizanne Knott, Codename, Melody Gardot, Alec Gross, Trisha O Keefe, Vanida Gail, Antje Duvekot, Boris Garcia, Joseph Parsons, and Matt Duke.

“It’s been amazing to watch such a variety of musicians from the Philadelphia area step forward to volunteer their time and talents for this important program,” said Helen Leicht, WXPN’s mid-day host and Philly Local maven. “WXPN Musicians On Call is proof that the music community can have a positive impact in so many different and creative ways. To see how live music can change people’s lives and help them heal has been a wonderful experience.”

World Cafe Live is located at 3025 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. Tickets to this special benefit concert are $20 and are available now at the World Cafe Live box office, online at http://.tickets.worldcafelive.com, or by calling (215) 222-1400. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the show will begin at 7:30 pm. All proceeds from tickets sales will be donated to WXPN Musicians On Call.

WXPN Musicians On Call delivers a year-round roster of volunteer local musicians who visit 30 or more patients per hospital each week for an intimate in-room performance. This pioneering collaboration between WXPN and the New York-based Musicians On Call program, is made possible through the generous support of World Cafe Live, TIAA-CREF and AstraZeneca.

WXPN 88.5 FM, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots, and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe®, public radio’s most popular program of popular music hosted by David Dye and syndicated by National Public Radio, and the Peabody Award winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O’Connell. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Harrisburg at 88.1 FM, and the world via online streaming at www.xpn.org.

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