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In 2004, Ryan “Gooch” Nelson suffered a spinal cord injury and thought his days of playing the guitar were over.

But thanks to his therapists at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, some determined musicians and an adaptive glass slide, the Gooch and his band 61 North are bringing the house down at gigs all over Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

And the Gooch and the band are giving back.

On Friday, September 4 at noon, 61 North will perform a free concert and barbecue for the patients and staff of Magee on the hospital’s rooftop patio.

“This event should be a great day full of music, food, and fun, said Nelson. “We hope to raise the spirits of the patients, as well as promote awareness for spinal cord injury.”

Joining 61 North for the rooftop concert will be Penn State Alum and football player Adam Taliferro. Taliaferro, who was also a patient at Magee after receiving a spinal cord injury in a Penn State football game, has dedicated his life to helping those with spinal cord injuries through the Adam Taliaferro Foundation.

61 North has played many benefit concerts, giving the money raised to both Magee and the Adam Taliaferro Foundation.

Additional information regarding the Magee Performance and Barbecue can be attained by contacting Ryan “Gooch” Nelson at goochnelson@gmail.com or Magee’s Concierge, Fritz Louis Jean at 215-587-3000.


Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, founded in 1958, is a 96-bed specialty medical rehabilitation hospital providing physical and cognitive rehabilitation services. Magee’s flagship facility is located in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to the main campus that offers comprehensive services for spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, orthopedic replacement, amputation, pain management and work injury, Magee provides an expanding out-patient network serving the surrounding communities. In 1985, Magee’s brain injury rehabilitation program became the first in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Magee partnered with Jefferson Hospital to create one of the nation’s 14 federally designated centers for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Magee has been rated one of America’s leading rehabilitation hospitals by U.S. News&World Report. Magee provides treatment to more than 5,000 individuals annually. Magee is authorized to treat wounded military personnel returning from war. Magee is not an Obligated Group Affiliate.

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