ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) — The jam band Phish is returning to its home state of Vermont to help the victims of Tropical Storm Irene with a benefit concert.

Phish will play on Sept. 14 at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, its first Vermont show in seven years.

The Burlington Free Press reports that tickets go on sale Saturday.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Phish keyboardist Page McConnell says: "It's been heartbreaking to see all the loss and destruction that came from the storm."

McConnell also says he hopes the money raised from the concert will make a difference in the recovery and rebuilding effort.

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