Doctors by day and performers by night, Osler Circle isn’t your typical band. Sure, you may not be familiar with their name but that’s because they’re not looking for a record deal with a mega entertainment company. The band’s members are doctors at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia or of the hospital’s affiliates. “Great music for a greater cause” is the mantra posted on the band’s site. At its conception, the group played to raise money specifically for inflammatory bowel disease but since then they’ve extended their support to various causes.
The band, that performs classic tunes of The Beatles, has an upcoming performance at the restaurant, concert and event venue World Café Live in Philadelphia. Last year at the Electric Factory, the band performed in the Rockin’ Docs for Diabetes Cure but this time all of the proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to support their research of pediatric diseases. In an interview posted on the band’s YouTube channel, Dr. Phil Johnson said they discovered a way to “have fun and do good at the same time” without taking life too seriously. The amount of dedication the physicians have for their hospital and medicine in general is heart-warming. Patients and families of CHOP can find comfort in knowing that after their physicians leave for the day, they are not forgetting about the needs of those they are leaving behind.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is a world renowned facility. What began in 1855 as a 12 bed facility became one with over 430 beds where people nationally and abroad seek advice and treatment. The hospital is built on commitment and innovation which has enabled them to obtain the nation’s Best Children’s Hospital honor from U.S. News and World Report. It was also named No. 1 Pediatric Hospital by Parents’ magazine, a publication trusted by families everywhere.
As if I already didn’t admire their life saving practices, it’s hard for me to grasp reality that physicians are musically talented as well- they are truly super heroes. Because of them, I’m inspired to dust off the old guitar and grab an application to medical school. Check out their YouTube channel which features videos of past performances and the band’s history. A favorite video of mine is their cover of “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “She Loves You.” They’re asking their friends for help and that means you and I.
WHEN: Thursday, January 24th, 2013 at 8 p.m.
World Café Live Philadelphia
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
TICKETS: Purchase your tickets here