Philadelphia’s #1 Rock Alternative station, Radio 104.5 held their sixth annual Movember Gala! This fundraiser benefits The Movember Foundation, a global men’s health charity investing in programs to address prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity. The event took place at one of Philadelphia area’s top-notch concert venues, the XCite Center inside of Parx Casino and sponsored by Miller Lite, BIC, and Parx Casino.
Previous Movember Gala performers have included Chris Cornell, Weezer, Jimmy Eat World and Fitz and the Tantrums, AJR and Flora Cash. The past five Radio 104.5 galas have raised over $90,000 to benefit The Movember Foundation. This year’s gala featured a special performance by Vampire Weekend. Electric Violinist Brian Fitzy opened the evening with DJ Reed Streets spinning between sets. Since this was an Invitation only event (donors who purchased tickets), the number of attendees was very intimate with only 500 fans, all dressed to the nines.
This was an acoustic evening and had a different vibe from other Vampire Weekend performances we have grown accustom to in the past, even Ezra Koenig mention how different it was to be seated while performing. Bundled in his Manastash Mordechai Mt. Gorilla Jacket and sporting a flame blue Ovation, the stylish Ezra jumped right into the set with Harmony Hall from their latest release, “ Father of the Bride.” The entire set included songs from the band’s discography with a Bruce Springsteen cover of “I’m Goin’ Down” thrown in their too, and then became a request line as the next five songs were suggested from the audience before they finished the set with “Oxford Comma”
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About the Movember Foundation
The Movember Foundation is the only global charity focused solely on men’s health, funding over 1,200 innovative projects across 21 countries. To date, the Foundation has raised $769 million for men’s health programs supporting these critical areas: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. But our work is not done. Be the difference and go to Movember.com to donate or participate. Together we can stop men dying too young. Please visit their website HERE for more information.
Once again, the best Alternative music station in the country put together a great event, Radio104.5 is the driving force in the Philadelphia radio market and events like is why Philly loves them so much!!!! Click HERE for a listen!!
Article and Photographs by: Bob Linneman