Matt Nathanson has been tapped to headline WXPN’s upcoming Musicians On Call benefit, taking place at World Cafe Live on February 20th. The local non-profit brings live music to hospital patients across the Philadelphia region and has worked with Amos Lee, Mutlu and more, with past benefit headliners including Diego Garcia, Birdie Busch and Josh Ritter.
Since 2004, WXPN Musicians On Call has made a difference in the lives of more than 50,000 patients and their families by bringing live music to the bedsides of patients through weekly programs at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center and four other local hospitals.
Nathanson released his eighth record Last of the Great Pretenders this past July, and will be giving a duo performance. Philly’s Chris Kasper, who recently released Bagabones, will play an opening set as well. But when you ask XPN’s Helen Leicht, who has worked with Musicians on Call for the past ten years, the program is not about records.
“When you see the smiles on the faces of the patients and their families you truly see the healing power of music,” Leicht says. “The artists also benefit from making this one-on-one connection. It’s not about the artist, it’s about knowing they have made a difference in someone’s life through the gift of music.”
Tickets for the concert are on sale now and are available here. Below, listen to Matt Nathanson and his band cover The Kinks’ “Father Christmas.”