About 50,000 people are expected to pack Lane Stadium Thursday evening to see four performers who offered their music to soothe Virginia Tech's grieving soul.
University spokeswoman Cecelia Hovis says rocker Dave Matthews proposed the concert soon after the April 16 shootings.
In addition to The Dave Matthews Band, the performers are contemporary musician John Mayer, hip-hop artist Nas and country singer Phil Vassar.
Hovis says Matthews, who got his start playing in Charlottesville, chose the lineup.
The performers are all donating their time, and each student, faculty and staff member was offered a free ticket. Night classes were canceled. Hovis says families of those killed were invited.
Those with free tickets had the option to buy one as well for $40, and 5,000 tickets were offered to the public at $65 apiece.
Hovis said the ticket sales would help cover Tech's expenses of about $1 million to put on the concert.
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