On September 6, Virginia's own Dave Matthews Band
along with John Mayer
, Phil Vassar
will join together in "A Concert For Virginia Tech" at the university's Lane Stadium.
Free tickets will be made available to all current students, faculty and staff. Coming at the beginning of the 2007-08 academic year, the concert was conceived as a way to help the university community move forward in the aftermath of the April tragedy at Virginia Tech.
Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Phil Vassar and Nas have waived their fees for the event. Corporate sponsorships and the sale of commemorative concert items will help to cover the expenses associated with the logistics of the concert. No funds from the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund will be used to cover expenses for this concert.
"We're extremely grateful for the compassion and generosity of these artists who wished to create a very special event where our students,
faculty and staff can come together to celebrate the spirit and resiliency of our university community as we begin a new academic year," said Charles Steger, President of Virginia Tech.
"We have a profound respect for the incredible resolve and unwavering sense of hope the university community has shown, and are honored to have the opportunity to share this evening with Virginia Tech," said Carter Beauford, drummer for Dave Matthews Band.
"The concert will provide a great outlet for all of the Virginia Tech community to come together once again," said Adeel Khan, President, Student Government Association.
"While we obviously will never forget those lost or affected by the events of April 16th, this concert will help us to honor Virginia Tech's enduring Hokie Spirit," said Scott Cheatham, President, Hokies United. Hokies United is a student-driven volunteer effort organized to respond to local, national and international tragedies that may impact the Virginia Tech community.