Kurt Vile & the Violators + The Districts

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It was July of 1988 when seven-year-old Ralph Brooks, Jr., headed to his grandma’s house at South 20th and Dickinson streets, was struck by a bullet that severed his spine and took his life. Sadly, he’s not alone. A block away, at Tasker, a wall beside the basketball court memorializes a handful of the countless lives claimed by senseless gunfire.

Now the cool part: Connor Barwin, the 27-year-old outside linebacker (#98) for the Eagles, is a big music fan. He’s big on local bands and—now we know—local charitable efforts because his Make The World Better Foundation, WXPN and R5 Productions are teaming up for a philanthropic effort that’ll get the ball moving on a proposed park that will give a welcome relief to Point Breeze’s dearth of safe and funded recreational spaces.

When Philly faves Kurt Vile & The Violators and the Districts, plus a visiting-from-Houston the Tontons take the stage tonight, every single penny of the UT fundraiser’s sales, from tickets to drinks, will go to the proposed Ralph Brooks-inspired park. Even better? Barwin’s going to match what’s raised with a personal check. Pony up for a VIP meet-and-greet ticket to kick it with a nestful of Eagles—LeSean McCoy, DeMeco Ryans, Jason Kelce and Trent Cole among them—before the show.

The project is slated to produce a huge blend of park and farm spaces; a brand new basketball court, tables and benches, fresh planting, fencing and a sick new Steve Powers (a.k.a. ESPO) mural will be highlights. It’s all so good: pro athletes who care, a band that’s a local institution paired with hometown young’ns that we love, and a potentially life-changing park that’ll affect so many lives for the better. // BILL CHENEVERT

8:30pm. $25-$300. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com
 

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Friday, June 20, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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- Price: Unknown

WHERE
1026 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 06/20/2014. .

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