Carl Thomas, Mike Dunn, Felony Davis, Twista, Malik Yusef, Strong, and 3 Pc are among the artists who will perform at Triumph Over Tragedy, a benefit concert for the victims of the Feb. 17 tragedy at Chicago nightclub E2 that left 21 dead. The event will be held March 26 at the city’s Isaac Hayes Restaurant, with all proceeds going to Seaway Bank’s E2 Relief Fund for the 21.
“Unfortunately, we suffered the loss of many of our young brothers and sisters who simply enjoyed music and nightlife,” organizing committee member T. J. Crawford said in a statement. “With this event, we are making an effort to celebrate those lives, provide economic assistance and show an unprecedented gesture of unity amongst community-minded businesses in Chicago.”
E2 was the site of one of the deadliest stampedes in recent memory. Hundreds of people packed into the second-floor club on the city’s South Side stampeded down a stairwell after security guards broke up a fight and someone sprayed pepper gas or Mace. A lawyer for the club operators suggested someone might have shouted a warning about a terrorist attack.
In the resulting panic, clubgoers found themselves squashed in the stairway, and bodies were flattened against the glass doors.