This November, A Philadelphia Tribute to The Last Waltz Benefits MTWB

On Saturday, November 27, 2021, Franklin Music Hall (421 N 7th St, Philadelphia , PA) will host A Philadelphia Tribute to The Last Waltz, a benefit for Make The World Better Foundation, featuring some of Philadelphia’s most talented musicians, plus some special guests.

Tickets are $29.50 in advance and will go on sale on Friday, July 30 at 12:00 noon ET. A limited number of $100 VIP tickets will include early access to Franklin Music Hall, catered items from some of Philly’s best restaurants, an open bar, and a chance to hang with some of the night’s musicians.

Tickets are onsale now at eventlink.to/lastwaltzphl.

Get special VIP tickets here.

Producers of this year’s event include three veterans of Philly-based Last Waltz tributes: Fergus Carey (owner of Fergie’s, The Goat, and Grace Tavern), Andrew Lipke (singer, songwriter, music producer), and Joey Sweeney (musician, writer, creative director). Joining them for the 2021 version is Kristin Thomson, wife of Franklin Music Hall’s primary talent buyer for many years, Bryan Dilworth, who passed away suddenly in March 2020. 

“This year’s show is a tribute, a celebration, and a benefit, all in one,” noted the night’s music director, Andrew Lipke. “We’ve all just gotten through a year without live music, and to bring together friends and music lovers for a show at a legendary venue, with a talented group of musicians, will be just magical.” 

“This show is also a tribute to my late husband, Bryan,” added Kristin Thomson. “Not only was he the primary promoter at Franklin Music Hall and The Mann for many years, he was also a huge booster of Philadelphia’s music scene, and the driving force behind the first Last Waltz Philly in 2013. We are organizing this concert to honor his memory and his years of hard work as a concert promoter in Philly.”

“It’s a different format from our usual concert events, for sure,” said Connor Barwin, co-founder of MTWB, a 501(c)3 public charity established in 2014 during his first season playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. “We are extremely thankful, excited and honored to partner with Kristin, Andrew, Fergie, Joey and the team to raise money for MTWB, and honor Bryan and his commitment to Philly and our work.”

“This concert will bring important seed money to our projects, and it’s critical to our mission,” he continued. “But it’s also a celebration of what’s great in Philadelphia, uniting the Philly music, sports and arts communities for a chance to do something good. It’s gonna be a rad show.”

“Bryan was always the person who we turned to to pull off events like this,” said Fergie Carey. “The first Last Waltz Philly in 2013 at the Troc was something special. Bryan was always hesitant to do it again since the first one was so special, but we’re breaking the rules and doing it anyway.”

Interviews with the producers or musicians are available upon request.

The Last Waltz, a concert by rock group The Band, was held on Thanksgiving in 1976. The Last Waltz Philly will celebrate the music of The Band’s farewell show and bring the spirit of the legendary concert to the Franklin Music Hall for this very special benefit. The Thanksgiving weekend tribute concert will feature a core band with more than a dozen special guests and, much like the original concert’s elaborate pre-show affair, The Last Waltz Philly will include a special pre-show VIP experience.

100% of the proceeds from the ticket sales will go to Make The World Better Foundation.

A Philadelphia Tribute to The Last Waltz

The Band:

Freddie Berman
Adam Flicker
Nate Graham
Andrew Lipke
Andrew Napoli

The Horns:

Hailey Brinnel
Matt Cappy
Jay Davidson
Sean McCusker

The Special Guests:

Ali Awan
Bobby Bare Jr.
Bob Beach
Brooke Behmke
Ross Bellenoit
Kevin Bentley
Nate Bergman
Jim Boggia
Fergie Carey
Jean Cook
Cowmuddy
Tanqueray Hayward
Eliza Hardy Jones
Kevin Monko
Casey Parker
Dan Reed
Slo Mo and Jon Train
Elizabeth Scanlon
Dan Strohm
Joey Sweeney
David Uosikkinen
Maxx Williams

…with more special guests to be announced