Phish schedules Vermont benefit for state's flood victims
Phish has announced a benefit concert in Vermont next week to raise money for the state's flood victims in the wake of Hurricane Irene.
The jam band, which formed at the University of Vermont in 1983, will take to the stage at Essex Junction's Champlain Valley Exposition Sept. 14. The last-minute show comes on the heels of the outfit's tour wrap-up last weekend in Colorado.
General admission tickets will be $75 and will include a free mp3 download of the performance that will be available once the set is over. A $250 "Friend of WaterWheel" package will also be available to fans; the package will include preferred parking, a reserved box seat, a limited edition poster and access to a Vermont craft beer tent, according to a press release.
Phish has taken a limited number of ticket requests via the band's website, though most tickets will be available in-person only beginning Sept. 10 in an effort to ensure spots for local residents.
"Vermont is very much a part of who we are as a band," keyboardist Page McConnell explained in a press release. "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."
The benefit marks the first time since 2004 that Phish has performed in Vermont. Proceeds from ticket and merchandise sales will be directed to WaterWheel Founation and The Vermont Community Foundation. Phish founded the WaterWheel Foundation in 1997 to look after the group's various charitable interests.