AceShowbiz - A series of big stars are booked for an upcoming fundraiser in Charlottesville to promote peace and unity through music. The star-studded charity concert is announced following the deadly white supremacist rally that shook the city earlier this summer.
The event is going to be hosted by Dave Matthews Band. Dubbed "A Concert for Charlottesville: An Evening of Music and Unity", it is scheduled to take place on September 24 at the University of Virginia's Scott Stadium.
Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande, Pharrell Williams, Chris Stapleton, Alabama Shakes member Brittany Howard, The Roots, Cage the Elephant are confirmed to perform at the fundraiser. It will also feature other special guests.
Tickets are free for members of the Charlottesville and UVA communities through an online request, but concertgoers are encouraged to make donations to the community. The funds will benefit victims of the Charlottesville violence and their families.
"The selection of tickets will be prioritized to Charlottesville residents, UVA students, faculty and staff and residents of the adjacent counties," the organizer announces. "Online requests will be accepted until closing on Monday, September 11th at Noon E.T."
Back in August, Dave Matthews Band wrote on their official website in response to the incident in their hometown of Charlottesville, "We are all disgusted by the acts of racist, hate-filled terrorism in our hometown this weekend. Like so many our hearts are broken."
"Our thoughts go out to the families and victims of these unbelievable acts. This is not the Charlottesville we know and love. This town has grown from its sometimes great but often difficult history and is marching toward an inclusive future. This murderous act and those who incited it are not what we aspire to be."
"We will work tirelessly, hand-in-hand with our community to help one another so we can all heal from this sickening display of horror. Hate speech disguised as free speech is cowardly and shameful. Such speech gives permission to the murderous crimes we witnessed today. There is nothing pure, acceptable, or philosophical about Nazism, or racism masked as heritage."
"The multicultural tapestry that is America must come together, acknowledge our very difficult but remarkable history. We must move away from the racist and ignorant elements of our past toward an inclusive, kinder, more intelligent future," they concluded.