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Phish to raise money for Vt flood victims

Essex Junction, Vermont - September 6, 2011

Phish will play a special show at the Champlain Valley fairgrounds in Essex Junction next Wednesday, Sept. 14. The concert will benefit Vermont flood recovery efforts.

Phish keyboardist Page McConnell appeared LIVE on the Channel 3 News at 6 p.m. to talk about the show.

"It's been devastating to see everything that's happened and we're just honored that there's something we can do hopefully to help out," he said.

McConnell said the band's manager called them last week and said we want to do this benefit. McConnell said of course, they all said yes. They've been working out the details ever since.

This will be the band's first concert in Vermont since 2004.

"We think this is a really nice way for us to come back and give back to the state that's given us so much," McConnell said.

General admission tickets will be $75. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7 p.m.

Proceeds from the concert and merchandise sales will be directed to The WaterWheel Foundation and The Vermont Community Foundation to aid in the recovery of the Green Mountain State.

"What we're hoping to do is give 100 percent of ticket money to the benefit, so it will benefit the people. These concerts are very expensive to put on, so we've been able to get vendors and people that are involved with it to do this either for a reduced price or for nothing. We're looking to have other people help underwrite it. Our manager, Coran Capshaw, manages a number of other bands; Dave Matthews said that he was going to contribute to it. So if we can get people to cover the expenses of putting on the concert, then we will be able to give 100 percent of it to the relief fund," McConnell explained.

Watch the video for much more with Page McConnell.

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