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Listen to the new EP by Mutlu, The Dream Book (XPN Welcomes to World Cafe Live on October 18th)

mutlu Soulful singer-songwriter Mutlu has just released a new EP, The Dream Book. The Philly based musician of Turkish descent plays a mix of soul, reggae, world music and folk, all tied together in the singer-songwriter tradition. Produced by Rob Hyman (of The Hooters) and legendary producer Rick Chertoff, the EP features contributions from Hyman on keyboards and melodica. Eric Bazilian (The Hooters) on guitar, mandola and saxophone, Fred Berman (who performs with Amos Lee) on drums, Steve Butler (Smash Palace) on guitar and William Wittman on bass and guitar. Those familiar with Mutlu have likely seen him perform with Amos Lee as a member of his band over the years, and he recently opened for Hall & Oates at the Tower. On his own, Mutlu is an explosive singer and charismatic performer and his new EP excellently captures all his musical flavors. Stream the collection below. Purchase it here. XPN Welcomes Mutlu to World Cafe Live on Friday, October 18th. Go here for tickets.

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Digeo Garcia—who plays WXPN’s Musicians On Call benefit on Feb. 29th—has a Valentine’s Day contest

Diego Garcia, who performs at the WXPN Musicians On Call benefit show with Mike Doughty and Mutlu on Wednesday, February 29th, is having a Valentine’s Day contest. Here’s how it works:

Submit your email below for your chance to win a personal call or video chat with Diego for you or your loved one on Valentine’s Day. Diego Garcia will call one lucky fan on Valentine’s Day and sing a special lover’s dedication of “Roses and Wine” to the winner or their significant other. All contest entrants will also receive a free download of the song “Roses & Wine” from Diego’s debut solo album Laura. Winners will be selected Monday, February 13th. USA only.

Tickets for WXPN’s Musicians On Call benefit show on Wednesday, February 29th are available here.

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Josh Ritter to perform at benefit concert for WXPN’s Musicians On Call program this Sunday

Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter will perform a a solo acoustic set this Sunday during a WXPN Musicians On Call benefit concert. The 7th annual benefit, hosted by WXPN’s mid-day host Helen Leicht, will feature an in-the-round performance with local openers Lizanne Knott, Suzie Brown, Scot Sax and Kuf Knotz.

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 30,000 patients and their families in healthcare facilities throughout the Philadelphia region. The program includes 135 volunteer musicians and 38 volunteer guides who 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, and the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. 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. This past January, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children was added to the participating hospitals, bringing the total to six.

In addition to bedside visits, another element of the Musicians On Call program is an initiative called Project Playback. Local musician Scot Sax—who will perform on Sunday night—has been working with a group of long-term residents at the Philadelphia Veterans Medical Center to write and produce a song that will be recorded for a CD. WXPN’s Helen Leicht, who has attended some of these sessions says “What Scot is doing is very moving and emotional to watch. He’s working with folks who have dedicated their lives to our country and are missing limbs, vision, and in many cases their ability to communicate and mentally function. But when Scot starts a song, you see these patients start to react and move to the music. You can really see and feel the emotional connection and impact of how music can touch people through Project Playback.”

Click to watch the video of Amos Lee, Mutlu, and Adrian Reju talking about the Musicians On Call program

The 7th Annual Musicians On Call Benefit Concert featuring Josh Ritter, Lizanne Knott, Suzie Brown, Scot Sax, and Kuf Knotz begins at 7:30 p.m. at World Cafe Live; tickets to the all-ages show are $25. Proceeds benefit WXPN Musicians On Call.