Phish Staging Benefit Show In Hurricane-hit Vermont

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September 7, 2011 | 7:30am EST

Rockers Phish are staging a benefit show in their home state of Vermont to raise money for victims of Hurricane Irene.
The area was one of the hardest hit when the storm lashed the East Coast last month, with small communities completely cut off after roads and bridges were washed away.

The members of Phish were left stunned by the images of devastation and they’re playing a gig in Essex Junction, Vermont on 14 September to boost the relief fund.

In a post on their website, keyboardist Page McConnell writes, “It’s been heartbreaking to see all the loss and destruction that came from the storm.

“Vermont is very much a part of who we are as a band. We’re really looking forward to playing this show and we hope the money raised will make a difference in the recovery and rebuilding effort.”

And Connell is hoping the costs of staging the show will be covered – so they can donate all the proceeds to the clean-up effort.

He tells CNN affiliate WCAX, “These concerts are very expensive to put on… If we can get people to cover the expenses of putting on the concert, then we can give 100 per cent to the relief fund. We think it’s a really nice way to come back and give back to a state that has given us so much.”

Proceeds from the concert will be directed to Phish’s own charity, The WaterWheel Foundation, and The Vermont Community Foundation.