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Phish gives back to the state that helped build the band

Essex Junction, Vermont - September 14, 2011

Matt Kopicki has been going to Phish concerts since 1992. But this concert is special-- a benefit for people like him; victims of Tropical Storm Irene.

"The destruction the water caused was unbelievable. I've never been landlocked before and I had no way out either way," Kopicki said.

Landlocked until last week. This is his family's first big outing.

"We just got freed, so it was nice to get away and not look at all the destruction that we're reminded of on a daily basis," Kopicki said.

"It's great that a band that's gotten so big in the past two or three decades can come back to their home state and help out any way they can," said Kiernee Machugn, a Phish phan.

Over 12,000 people are expected to show up to support flood victims with their $75 admission, but not everyone is a phan.

"This is my first concert," Gail Ravit said.

Ravit wanted to come to the show to support Vermont and thank Phish.

"We want to thank Phish because we think it's outstanding what they're doing," Ravit said. "They hold the bar up high. We're really sympathetic for the people affected by the floods our hearts break for them."

"It's nice to have goodwilled folks to support," said Andrew Webb, a Phish phan.

"It seems right they're a Vermont-based band and this is Vermont. People in Vermont stepped their game up and became a community. Almost the entire state is a community now," Kopicki said.

From Phish heads to new phans-- the community here has one thing in common; they're all green for the Green Mountains.

"This event is for people who lost almost everything and we're all in support of the same cause... and to hear some good music," Kopicki said.

Gina Bullard - WCAX News

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