Artists Unite To Benefit Families Of Station Fire

Justincase, Blue Öyster Cult, Rick Derringer among acts slated to perform at April 22 event.

A Rhode Island benefit concert for the families of the 99 victims who died in the February 20 fire at the Station club has been announced.

Dubbed "A Night of Healing," the event will be held April 22 at the Providence Performing Arts Center. The lineup for the show will feature a diverse range of artists including teen pop and country artists, jazz singers and middle-aged classic rockers. Acts confirmed so far include Justincase, Billy Gilman, Blue Öyster Cult, Rick Derringer, Randy Jackson, Lennon, Vanilla Fudge, Phoebe Snow and the Southern Rock All-Stars (featuring ex-members of Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot and the Rossington Band).

Event organizers expect to announce more major acts within the next week.

The show will also include performances by a West Warwick church singing group called Servants and Saints, Gary Angelin and the CCCM Choir and students from the Berklee College of Music, who will provide backup musicianship for some of the performers.

Tickets are priced at $35, $40 and $50. The concert will be televised on April 26 on WJAR in Rhode Island. Viewers will be urged to call in during the show and make a donation to the fund.

Other performers at A Night of Healing are James Montgomery with John Cafferty and Larry Hoppen, Lynyrd Skynyrd's Rickey Medlocke, John Anthony, Blackhawk, and Paul Shortino.

A few days after the Station fire Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst posted a note on his band's Web site saying he hoped to create a benefit for the families who lost loved ones in the fire (see "Fred Durst Vows To Help Families Of Those Who Perished In Club Fire"), though no concrete plans have been announced.

The Station, in West Warwick, about 15 miles southwest of Providence, caught fire as a result of a pyrotechnic mishap during the first song by heavy metal band Great White (see "At Least 96 Dead At Rock Show Fire").