Singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson performed a sold out benefit for WXPN’s Musicians On Call program on Febraury 20th at World Cafe Live. Since 2004, XPN has partnered with Musicians On Call, working with the national organization as the Philadelphia program that brings musicians to the bedsides of more than 50,000 patients and families throughout the Philadelphia region. The Bedside Performance Program provides 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.
After an opening set from Philly local artist Chris Kasper – which you can hear broadcast on XPN’s Philly Local show tonight – Nathanson played a set of songs culled mostly from his recent album, Last Of The Great Pretenders, joined by his guitarist Aaron Tap. He also revisited some of his back catalog, including “Car Crash,” and “Come On Get Higher.” Throughout the evening, Nathanson was charismatic, entertaining, funny, and extremely personable. Live, Nathanon’s fun (and very funny) engagement with the audience is equally compelling as his performances, and the audience, packed mostly with fans, hung on to every word of his between song banter as well as the lyrics of the songs they sang along to. Listen to the show below. Matt returns to town with Gavin DeGraw to the Mann Center on Friday, August 15th. Go here for tickets.