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Austin Mahone, Jack & Jack Playing Benefit for Marjory Stoneman Douglas Massacre Survivors

Austin Mahone and Jack & Jack are stepping up to headline a benefit on Friday (Feb. 23) for the victims and families of last week’s mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The show at Revolution Live in Ft. Lauderdale will also include performances from Saigon Kick, The Reis Brothers and local alumni of the school where a 19 year-old gunman opened fire using a semi-automatic AR-15 military-style rifle, killing 17 people, including 14 students.

Organizers promise that 100 percent of of proceeds from ticket sales for the show — click here to purchase tickets — and 50 percent of bar sales will be donated to provide financial support to the victims and their families. Other acts listed on the poster for the show include Alex Di Leo, Anastasiamax, Ben Sparaco, God Damn Hustle, Jacob Reese Thornton, Leave it to Us, Letters to Part, Love, Abbey, Marcus Amaya and more.

A number of the survivors of the 18th school shooting so far this year met with Pres. Trump at the White House on Wednesday (Feb. 21), where the president suggested that one solution to the scourge of gun-involved school violence was to arm teachers and school staff. During a CNN town hall on Wednesday night in Florida led by the Marjory Stoneman students a number of the survivors confronted Republican Sen. Marco Rubio about his longtime support from the National Rifle Association and pressed the Florida congressman to do more to get assault rifles off the streets and out of the hands of teenagers. 

The students of the school have organized a march on Washington slated for March 24 called March for our Lives, which has gained support from a number of music activists and artists.

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