Nas, the Dave Matthews Band and John Mayer are among the artists confirmed to perform at “A Concert for Virginia Tech,” set to take place September 6 on the university’s Blacksburg campus.
The concert, which will also feature Virginia-born country singer Phil Vassar and other artists, will be free to all current VT students, faculty and staff — as well as those who graduated during the spring and summer semesters — and will be held at the beginning of the 2007-08 academic year as a way to help the community move forward in the wake of the tragic April shootings (see ” ‘Things Will Get Back To Normal’: What’s Next For VT Students” ).
“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,” University President Charles Steger said in a statement.
The artists will not be paid for their performances, with a group of anonymous corporate donors helping to offset any costs of the concert. At the moment, it’s the only event scheduled to pay tribute to the victims of the April 16 tragedy, aside from the dedication of an on-campus monument scheduled for August 19.
“We have a profound respect for the incredible resolve and unwavering sense of hope the university community has shown,” DMB drummer Carter Beauford said. “And are honored to have the opportunity to share this evening with Virginia Tech.”