Dave Matthews Band, Cage the Elephant Among Stars Slated for Charlottesville Unity Concert
Following the recent violent clash of white supremacist protesters, counter-protesters and police in Charlottesville, Va., the Dave Matthews Band has organized a free concert for their hometown.
The show, dubbed "A Concert for Charlottesville: An Evening of Music and Unity," will be held Sept. 24 at the University of Virginia's Scott Stadium, and is set to include some of the industry's biggest stars. In addition to the Dave Matthews Band, performers will include Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton, Ariana Grande, Brittany Howard, The Roots and Cage the Elephant and other guests.
That the Dave Matthews Band is spearheading the event is not surprising, given their past involvement in issues of social justice. Last year, the band performed at the inaugural Many Rivers to Cross concert, a music and arts festival dedicated to racial and social justice.
While tickets are free (service fees will be applied), attendees will be encouraged to make donations to the Concert for Charlottesville Fund at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. The fund will benefit victims of the incident and their families, as well as first responders and organizations that promote healing and unity.
Tickets will be distributed through an online system, with priority initially given to members of the Charlottesville and University of Virginia communities, with the request window closing on Sept. 11 at noon (EST). Beginning on Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. (EST), a small number of tickets will be available free of service charges at a walk-up box office window at the Jone Paul Jones Arena.
Visit the Concert for Charlottesville website to learn more about the show, request tickets or make donations.