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Phish to hold benefit concert in Vermont for flood victims

By Stephanie Gallman, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The group will play a sold out concert in Essex Junction
  • About 12,000 people are expected to attend
  • Vermont was one of the hardest-hit states as Irene made its way up the East Coast

(CNN) -- Rock band Phish will hold a benefit concert in Vermont on Wednesday night to help people across the state affected by flooding last month.

The group will play a sold out concert at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, according to the venue's website.

Around 12,000 people are expected to attend, Rich Lewis, a spokesman for the venue, told CNN affiliate WCAX.

"We are honored that there is something we can do to hopefully help out in some way," keyboardist Page McConnell said ahead of the event.

The band is working in conjunction with its philanthropic entity, the WaterWheel Foundation, and the Vermont Community Foundation to put on the event. It will donate proceeds from ticket sales and merchandise to the recovery effort.

Vermont was one of the hardest-hit states as Irene made its way up the East Coast.

Many communities in the small state were cut off as floodwaters washed away roads and bridges.

President Barack Obama declared a disaster in Vermont, making federal grants and aid available to residents who suffered losses.

The benefit will be the band's first show in Vermont since 2004.

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