Just Announced: Future Islands teams up with Strand of Oaks for Make The World Better benefit

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Future Islands | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

After a year’s absence, the always-anticipated Make The World Better benefit concert will return this summer. The annual concert was started in 2014 by former Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin to combine his love of the local music scene with his dedication to helping Philadelphia’s youth. Even though Barwin’s left the team, his Make The World Better Foundation lives on — and so does the music.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen this year’s headliner, Future Islands, in town, so a set from the Baltimore synth pop trio is a welcome surprise. They’ll be joined by local favorite Strand of Oaks, who we have seen more recently — just this week at NonCOMM. The lineup also includes an opening set by folk rock singer-songwriter Karl Blau, with mention of a surprise guest TBA. It all goes down September 5 at The Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park.

Though there was no official Make The World Better benefit concert last year, Eagles center Jason Kelce carried on the tradition with “A Night of Philly Music” to support Barwin’s foundation. Previous MTWB performers include The War on Drugs, Hop Along, Waxahatchee, and Marian Hill.

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 17 at 10 a.m. Find more information on the XPN Concert Calendar.

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