All ticket proceeds benefit WXPN Musicians On Call. Tickets are $28 and can be purchased in advance online.
“This concert is really special because it’s all about celebrating the power of music while raising money for a worthy cause,” said Leicht. “Music’s ability to heal is real and powerful, and the Musicians On Call program makes a positive impact on so many people’s lives. For just $28, you can see a night of great live music and help bring joy to hospital patients during their time of need.”
WXPN Musicians On Call is a non-profit initiative that brings musicians to local hospitals to perform at patients’ bedsides. Since 2004, the program has touched the lives of more than 41,000 patients and their families in healthcare facilities throughout the Philadelphia region. Over the past eight years, 150 volunteer musicians and 41 volunteer guides have regularly participated in the program by providing weekly performances for patients at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, the Philadelphia VA Medical Center and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. In addition to live music, the program also provides local hospitals with CD Pharmacies featuring a CD listening library and CD players for patients’ use. In 2011, WXPN introduced the Project Playback program to the Philadelphia VA Medical Center which provided patients with weekly songwriting and recording sessions led by local singer/songwriter Scot Sax.
This year’s benefit headliner is Diego Garcia, the former lead singer of the band Elefant who released his first solo album, Laura, in 2011 to glowing reviews. His sound is a worldly mix of musical styles including Argentinean tango and Spanish guitar that weave with his lyrics into contemporary romantic stories.
Mutlu's music is a cool blend of soul, reggae and hip hop. He has toured extensively with acts like Joe Jackson, Amos Lee, Daryl Hall solo and Hall & Oates and has shared the stage with Adele, Eric Hutchinson, Katy Perry, John Hiatt, Leon Russell and G. Love & Special Sauce among many others. His debut album Livin’ It was released by Manhattan/EMI records in 2008 and produced by the late Tom “T-Bone” Wolk.