Musical Artists to Honor Victims of Stage Collapse

Posted on August 17, 2011

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MISHA WEE

After the disastrous stage collapse at the Indiana State fair on this weekend, Sugarland and Maroon 5 are showing their full support for the injured and lost Hoosiers.

Janet Jackson and Lady Antebellum, who were expected to perform at the fair this week, have opted to cancel their shows in favor of relocating.  The Train/Maroon 5 concert, on the other hand, will still be held this Thursday evening. The concert is being moved to the Conseco Fieldhouse. The Conseco Fieldhouse holds only 12,000, cutting the number of concert seats by 3,000. However, all proceeds from the show will be donated to a remembrance fund for the victims of the stage collapse.

Courtesy of Fox 59.

Sugarland, who was about to step onto the stage when the fatal collapse occurred, is holding a private memorial in Indiana for the victims. In a touching letter on their website, the duo said, “We join them on their mourning benches. And we stand in the gap asking God to offer them peace and healing. For those suffering from injury we hold you up with prayers for complete healing of your own.”

Courtesy of sugarlandmusic.com

Among those being mourned are the five people who were killed in the stage collapse: 23-year-old Alina Bigjohny, 29-year-old Christina Santiago, 42-year-old Tammy Vandam, 49-year-old Glenn Goodrich and 51-year-old Nathan Byrd.

“We have always celebrated music as a Healer,” Sugarland said in their letter. “While music cannot change the events and losses at the Indiana State Fair, it can hopefully serve as a ritual and a balm to provide comfort and facilitate healing in this time of great sorrow.”

(Featured Image Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.)

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