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Benefit concert set for victims of Cedar-Riverside explosion, fire

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A benefit concert is in the works for the victims and families of the Cedar-Riverside building explosion and fire on New Year's Day, the Star Tribune reports.

Nearby radio station KFAI, as well as Augsburg College and the Cedar Cultural Center have joined forces to organize the concert, which is scheduled for Jan. 24 at the Cedar Cultural Center.

Participating artists so far include Spider John Koerner, the Brass Messengers, Southside Desire and DJ Go Getta. Also on the bill are Augsburg JIVE, which is a student ensemble from Augsburg College, and SYAV (Somali Youth Against Violence).

Tickets are $20 each and will go on sale Friday at the Cedar Cultural Center box office and website.

"Our neighborhood is known best for both its immigrant history and history of arts and culture, so we feel it's only appropriate to assemble a wide diversity of musical artists for this benefit concert," Cedar Cultural Center Director Rob Simonds said in a statement on the organization's website.

FOX 9 reports that the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota launched a disaster relief fund for fire victims last week following the tragedy.

Two bodies were found in the rubble at the site of the Jan. 1 explosion and a third person died of injuries at the hospital two days later.

Officials say 13 others were injured in the blast and subsequent fire, some critically.

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