HAMPTON: Sept. 11 event at Atlanta Motor Speedway canceled

10:36 PM, Sep 9, 2011   |    comments
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HAMPTON, Ga. -- Authorities say a music festival planned to coincide with the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks has been abruptly canceled.

The four-day Heroes Musical Festival was set to take place at the Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend but was called off Friday morning.

"In a contract agreement, we aligned with an investor who demonstrated what we thought was the same passion and commitment, and we are just as surprised and devastated as the artists, vendors, and all involved, that our investor elected to walk away from the project early this morning," Charles DeJournett, the founder of Heroes Music Festival said in an emailed statment.

More than 15 music acts were lined up.

Organizers say they were notifying people who planned to take part, and would then release information about ticket refunds.

We wish to personally thank all of the artists, their managers, the vendors, and our friends for joining us in this endeavor to fill September 11 with celebration and love -- to give back to the folks who give of themselves each and every day," DeJournett said.  "It is my honor to have served with these selfless men and women and it was our hope to share our gratitude with them through song."

Atlanta Motor Speedway is about 30 miles south of Atlanta in Hampton.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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