Last week, Philadelphia welcomed home Josh Ostrander, better known as the singer-songwriter revitalising adult alternative by the name of Mondo Cozmo.
Shouts of “Welcome home!” and “We love you Josh!” peppered the evening, with Ostrander’s face betraying his homecoming emotions with smiles and a fierce effort to stifle tears.
“I’m not allowed to talk, I don’t want to get choked up,” Ostrander stated near the beginning of the set. But the words flowed, and as Ostrander expressed his gratitude, said hello to his family, and pointed out his friends to the audience, Union Transfer swelled with pride. “I see people here who taught me how to play guitar, how to smoke my first cigarette, how to drink the right beer.” Apparently, the right beer is three cans of Corona, but even before he’s taken a sip Ostrander’s stage presence betrays a true love of performing.
For the encore, members of the opening band Illinois (also from Philly) joined Mondo Cozmo onstage for an earnest cover of Springsteen’s ‘Atlantic City’. Josh Ostrander may belong to LA now, but it’s clear that Philadelphia will always hold a special place in its heart for the landscaper who made it as Mondo Cozmo.
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