PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Philadelphia-based, Grammy Award-winning band The War On Drugs are bringing back a pre-pandemic tradition: a series of holiday shows that directly benefit the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia.
It all starts Monday night at Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown.
“It’s a celebration of the city we love, the city that made us a band, and all of our friends, fans and family,” said Adam Granduciel, the band’s leader. “We also support public schools, which is the most important thing.”
The band say the show will feel like both an arena concert and an intimate jam session.
“We’re just going to have fun,” says Granduciel.
This has been a great year for The War on Drugs.
Their song Harmonia’s Dream was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Song.
Their last album “A Deeper Understanding” won the Grammy for best rock album.
They played in Hyde Park with the Rolling Stones and drummer Charlie Hall teamed up with the Philadelphia Eagles to produce A Philly Special Christmas.
They are now closing out the year at home with these shows that directly benefit Philadelphia school children.
“In the past few years, we’ve paid for school lockers in one district and our money helped rebuild the playground for another school,” says Granduciel. “We bought school uniforms. It was really cool. There are so many things that the kids need.”
He says it’s nice to see how direct this fundraiser is and to see exactly how the money is being spent.
The War on Drugs stars Johnny Brendas on December 19th, 20th and 21st.
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