Philadelphia's Strand of Oaks perform at this year's Make the World Better annual benefit concert at the Dell Music Center.

Connor Barwin’s 5th Annual MTWB Benefit Concert Does The Dell

The former Eagles’ annual Make the World Better Benefit concert returns to Philly.

When one-time Philadelphia Eagles’ Connor Barwin brings his annual Make the World Better charity concert to the Dell Music Center (2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive) tonight, September 5, it isn’t a run of the mill homecoming.

Connor Barwin, from his Bird Gang days.

After having done smaller MTWB affairs at Union Transfer with the local likes of Kurt Vile, Waxatchee and The Districts, Barwin’s charity for creating then crafting playgrounds throughout Philly has expanded its reach. Not just in terms of its venue (The Dell is pretty big, and was used last year for Barwin’s The War on Drugs headliner). This year, his foundation welcomes out-of-towners to the party such as Baltimore synth-pop band Future Islands along with Philly’s own Hop Along, Strand of Oaks, and Karl Blau. And yes, Barwin usually matches all funds received by his MTWB concert receipts with a donation from his own pocket.

Philadelphia’s Strand of Oaks perform tonight at the MTWB benefit as part of its 2019 Eraserland Tour.

Five years ago, I spoke with Barwin about his participation and leadership in this MTWB showcase, He shied then to the notion that the Make the World Better Foundation gig is all him, despite choosing bands, poster-ing, cleaning or adding funds to the proceeds of the night for whatever worthy Philly park or playground he sees fit. “As a football player, I get so much from our community and our fans, its only right to give back,” said Barwin.

When I tell him the teamwork thing seems to work for him, he stopped. “Teamwork should be a thing that works for everybody.”

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