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In 2004, after a near-fatal car accident left Ryan “Gooch” Nelson with a spinal cord injury, he thought his days of playing the guitar were over.

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

And Gooch and the band are giving back.

On February 20, from 7-10 p.m. in Salem Community College's 400-seat Davidow Theatre in Carneys Point, NJ, 61 North will hold their second annual benefit concert for Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and the Adam Taliaferro Foundation.

Taliaferro was a patient at Magee after receiving a spinal cord injury in a Penn State football game, and has dedicated his life to helping those with spinal cord injuries through the Adam Taliaferro Foundation.

“Last year’s concert raised four thousand dollars,” said Nelson. “We’re hoping to raise even more this year. The money will be used by Magee and the Adam’s foundation to supply physical therapy equipment to those struggling with Spinal Cord Injuries.”

Performing with 61 North for the concert will be band Mad-Sweet Pangs from Newark, Delaware. Special guests include Adam Taliaferro, SCC President Peter B. Contini and Brian Kanady of Rowan Radio who will emcee the event. 

Tickets cost $20 for adults, $10 for students with ID.  Tickets can be purchased by calling 856-351-2603 or purchased at the door. To contact 61 North, email them at 61northband@gmail.com.


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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