- Associated Press - Friday, September 16, 2011

ESSEX JUNCTION, VT. (AP) - Phish’s benefit concert raised more than $1.2 million for the Vermont victims of flooding from Tropical Storm Irene.

The Burlington-bred jam band, which formed in the early 1980s, offered to play the benefit after the Aug. 28 storm wrecked hundreds of roads, bridges and homes across Vermont and temporarily cut off entire towns.

The sold-out concert before about 12,000 fans on Wednesday at the Champlain Valley Exposition fairgrounds in Essex Junction was the band’s first Vermont show since 2004.

Phish said on its website that all the proceeds from benefit concert will be directed to The WaterWheel Foundation and the Vermont Community Foundation to help in the state’s flood recovery.

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