Phish to Play Benefit Concert for Vermont Victims of Irene

Phish wrapped up their summer tour last weekend in Colorado, but they knew that there was one more concert that they had to play – a benefit concert for the victims of the recent hurricane/flood damage in their home state of Vermont.

The concert will take place at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction at 7pm on Wednesday, September 14, marking Phish’s first performance in their home state since 2004.

“It’s been heartbreaking to see all the loss and destruction that came from the storm,” says keyboardist Page McConnell. “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.”

Priced at $75, all tickets – both field and grandstand – will be general admission and will include a free MP3 download of the entire concert. In addition, a special “Friend of WaterWheel” package will be available for $250, which includes preferred parking, a reserved box seat, a limited edition poster and access to a Vermont craft beer tent.

A very limited number of advance tickets are available directly through Phish Tickets’ online ticketing system. The ticket request period is currently underway, but it will end at 12noon Wednesday (September 7), so act fast. All online ticket requests may not be filled.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10am on Saturday (September 10). In order to ensure that a large allotment of tickets is available to local residents, the public onsale will be in-person only. The box office location will be announced on Friday. There will be a limit of two tickets per person, whether individuals are purchasing in person or during the online ticket request period.

All proceeds from the concert (and merchandise sales) will be directed to the WaterWheel Foundation and the Vermont Community Foundation to aid in the Vermont flood recovery efforts.

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