PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- WXPN (http://www.xpn.org), the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) music and noncommercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, will host its 8th Annual WXPN Musicians On Call Benefit Concert, sponsored by Endo Pharmaceuticals, on Wednesday, February 29 at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia at 7:00 p.m. The concert will feature performances by Latin-folk singer Diego Garcia and Philadelphia’s own Mutlu, and will be hosted by WXPN mid-day host and spokesperson for WXPN Musicians On Call Helen Leicht.
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.
WXPN, 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 NPR, and the Peabody Award winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O’Connell. WXPN also produces the alternative rock service, XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.